Mahmood has quietly constructed up a powerful teaching profession, with worldwide expertise with Pakistan burnished by stints within the Pakistan Tremendous League – most lately as head coach at Islamabad United. As an interim assistant coach at Surrey, he has taken on Overton as a private challenge and early outcomes, after somewhat technical tweaking, have been spectacular.
“The very first thing we did with him was to scale back his run-up,” Mahmood says. “We lowered it from 24 yards or in order that it was earlier than to round 18 now. He was shedding momentum when he was working in for these final strides to the popping crease, the place you truly should construct that momentum up.”
Due to that loss in momentum, Mahmood explains, he wasn’t following by way of in direction of his goal correctly. “Whenever you drive your hip by way of within the motion, you switch weight and convey your hip ahead, for the follow-through. He was stopping somewhat however when you watch now, he will get nearer to the batsman. He’s taller on the crease now.”
Mahmood is meticulous on the subject of pondering by way of bowling actions, although he is cautious to not tinker an excessive amount of. His telephone is a video treasure trove of bowlers and bowling actions from his work all over the world; little suggestions that he is given them, minor tweaks he is made, hours he is spent simply watching and logging.
He recognized Overton’s run-up as a primary trigger for the inconsistency in his launch and motion, which might end in him usually straying down legside. However pre-season work introduced some quick outcomes. After shortening the run-up, Mahmood requested Overton to notice what number of balls he bowls down the legside. Overton bowled to Hashim Amla within the nets someday for half an hour and Mahmood remembers solely two balls that Amla might play by way of the legside. Amla was impressed and puzzled whether or not Overton might maintain that consistency.
“Now you may see, it is half a season gone and he is been sustaining it,” Mahmood stated. “Due to his tempo that inconsistency can creep in. At that tempo, day could be a nice day, however a nasty day a really poor one. Should you’re barely off line at that tempo, you go for runs. Jamie’s getting that consistency now. He is nonetheless a piece in progress. That can preserve going. However this season I believe individuals have seen the most effective of him.”
“I spoke to him about his batting,” he says. “I stated you remind me of myself, you’ve got precisely the position I used to have. To assist construct an innings decrease down within the order. I stated to him that is the position. With that batting this man may be among the best allrounders on the earth.
“I actually have not finished that a lot with him. Jamie Overton is particular. He’s a diamond. All we have finished is to chop and polish him somewhat.”