Who needs a bowler when you have ‘Freebowler’


Have you ever thought of facing one of the fastest bowlers in cricket during practice? You would have if you were among the elite cricketers. But for the rest – here’s Freebowler!

It’s not among those super expensive electric-powered bowling machines but this eco-friendly equipment was ideated in the United States and is currently manufactured in India’s startup capital – Bengaluru.

You can now experience ‘Freebowler’ – an affordable and easy-to-use bowling machine crafted in India that chucks up to 130kph. Close enough facing an international medium pacer.  

Inventor and founder of Freebowler Pratheek Planethra shared his story with us on the bowling machine. “While pursuing my master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania in 2015, I wanted to continue playing cricket. The indoor stadium was an hour’s drive and there were no good bowlers too,” he recollected.

The itch to play cricket made Pratheek more curious and began to brainstorm ideas to build a machine that anyone could use. The Mechanical engineer from RV College of Engineering was soon joined by his batch-mate and room-mate Justin Jacobs. While at University, the duo worked on this project.

Justin works out of US while Pratheek along with third co-founder, Vishwanath HK, a cricketer and coach, manage the business from India.   

“We have showcased the bowling machine to clubs, colleges and cricket academies in Bengaluru, Gurugram, Mumbai, Delhi and several metros across the country. The response has been great so far. We have sold 35 units now and that includes international markets – United States, UAE and Australia. We are working with clubs in the UK and South Africa,” stated Pratheek, who represented Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and zonal teams.

Apart from club cricketers and individuals, even current and former international players have some encouraging words for this innovation. “We had Rahul Dravid, KL Rahul and several international players experiencing the machine. They have given us good reviews and asked us to work on certain things,” asserted Pratheek.

The Freebowler releases the ball from little less than six feet while a bowler rolls his arm from about eight feet. “After some elite players faced the machine for the first time, they were very impressed. They spoke about the height of the delivery and we are currently working on it.”

This invention is tailor-made for those countries that are still developing cricket at the grass-root level. “It can be used on any surface – anywhere and everywhere. You can use any ball in the cup. In the near future we want to approach ICC and in countries where cricket is still growing,” explained Pratheek.

Are you eager to experience this piece of technology? visit: http://www.freebowler.com/


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