Friday, February 3, 2012

Cricket Batting Techniques

Cricket is a very unique sport however; it can be confusing to someone who is more familiar with a simpler sport. There are a lot of rules that just plain need to be memorized or rehearsed. There is also many different ways a batsman can choose to hit the cricket ball. This mostly depends on the batsman's style and how the ball is being bowled to the batsman. I would like to explain some of the different strokes a batsman commonly uses.
To start with you have front foot strokes and back foot strokes. A batsman can change this position based on how the ball is thrown and where it is going. Front foot strokes are when the batsman's front foot stretches down the pitch toward the bowler and his weight is on the front foot. A back foot stroke is when the batsman's back foot is pushed back toward the wicket and his weight on his back foot. There are many shots or strokes that a batsman can use within these two categories and I am going to discuss front foot strokes below.
The front foot defensive is a stroke that is played by moving the front foot toward the pitch, keeping the back foot still. The cricket bat is brought down in a vertical line in a blocking motion. The purpose of this stroke is mostly to defend the wicket from being taken.
The front foot Drive, or the drive, is a stroke where the footwork is similar to the front foot defensive but the intention is to drive the ball. So the swing is a vertical arc motion with the bat angled downwards. This stroke is designed to defend the wicket and score runs both. There are a few different types of drives strokes to mention. On Drive hits the ball in the direction of the fielding position mid on. Off drive does the same but to the fielding position of, yes you guessed it, mid off. The cover drive is hit in the direction of the cover and the square to the direction of the wicket. A lofted drive does exactly as it sounds, lofts into the air, by angling the bat upward.
Lastly, we have the sweep and the reverse sweep. The sweep is when a batsman receives a slow moving pitch and the batsman kneels to reach the ball. The bat is swung horizontally in an arc. A reverse sweep is rare, not often seen but is similar to the above only the bat is turned in reverse. Both of these strokes are used only with slower bowlers.
In conclusion, there are many different techniques for cricket batting. You should try them all to truly understand them. Once you have familiarized yourself more with the game, you will understand which stroke is appropriate at what time.
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