Hyderabad: When Shikhar Dhawan faced a specially-designed three-wheel bowling machine at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), he was so impressed by the variations it produced for batsmen that he got one installed at his academy, a few months ago.
The machine named — Leverage Yantra — is a unique one that provides up to 61 kinds of deliveries, and batsmen can customise it to deliver the kind of balls that they want face to polish their skill.
The Yantra is being used by the touring Australian side too and in their first practice session, here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, they used the three-wheel machine along with a two-wheel variant.
3-wheel bowling machine big hit among players. “Dhawan first played against the three-wheel machine at the NCA late last year. He was impressed and ordered one to be installed at St Mark’s School in Meera Bagh, New Delhi, where he practices with his academy boys,” Phani Raj, manager (business development), with the Hyderabad-based Leverage Sports Technologies that produces these machines, told Mail Today.
“Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are among the people who have bought the Leverage Machines for their academies. They have bought the two-wheel machines because the three-wheel machine was produced later. In all, we have sold 38 machines, both three-wheel and two-wheel ones, in Delhi alone,” he said.
The three wheels, fixed at different angles on top of the Yantra machines, can simulate any kind of bounce and swing on all pitches; can deliver speciality deliveries –like reverse swing, googly, outswing and inswing etc – and length by change of gears.
“The three-wheel machine was invented to simulate almost all kinds of deliveries that a bowler can bowl,” said Raj.
“There are five pre-programmed parameters in the machine. They are: speed, swing in the air, bounce on deviation, and trajectory. Out of these parameters, you can vary four keeping one of them constant. For instance, if you want to change inswing in the air, keeping the bounce constant, you can do that with Yantra machine.” A three-wheel Yantra Machine costs Rs 2.40 lakh.