Batting tips in cricket
Today we are going to talk a lot about batting The basics of batting consists of the setup Setup is very important. Don’t think of any other meaning for setup! I’m talking about setup in batting Grip Stance Guard These three things are very important
1] Batting Grip:-
We are first going to look at the batting grip
Many coaches would have told you need to hold the bat in a certain fixed way, You can grip the bat however you want! I would say it’s upto your comfort.
- Some people hold the bat very low, so if there is no gap between bottom hand and the bat If you have a grip like that, you can play a lot of cuts, pulls, sweeps You can play a lot of these horizontal shots well But you won’t be able to play straight shots very well.
If you hold it low, the handle of the bat will stick out and block the flow So you won’t be able to play a lot of front foot shots.
The important point to note is that while batting:-
- hands, bat, shoulder and the body should work at the same time.
- Batting is nothing but coordination and balance.
2] Batting guard:-
The second point in setup is-guard!
The umpire is the one who gives the guard but they won’t be able to hear because of the crowd So they use symbols like 1 or 2 for guard.
What is guard in cricket
Let’s understand what guard actually is:
- If I draw a line straight from the leg stump, it is a leg stump guard.
- If I draw a line from middle stump, it is middle stump guard.
- The stumps lie behind the batsman But for the bowlers, it is right in their sight.
Stance in cricket
The last step of the setup is the stance In my opinion,
- The ideal stance should have your legs wide with the same width as your shoulders.
- If the stance is wider, you will have more stability, But you won’t have that mobility If it’s too short.
- You need to look at 2 things Stability and Mobility.
- The stability and mobility will be appropriate when you are shoulder width apart In shoulder width stance, you will have stability and your head won’t shake.
- You are also mobile enough to go front and back And you will have good range overall.
Many coaches will tell you that you need to place your bat right next to the right leg My theory is a little different It’s T20 and the modern era now.
- If I keep the bat back, automatically my chin will raise up a bit In my opinion.
- The ideal will be to keep the bat in the middle You will have good position and balance if you keep it in the middle.
- The limited overs cricket is a power game When you play a lot of big shots, lofted shots and move around a lot.
- It’s important that your head is in the correct position.
- when you take the stance This is because the body will react only based on what your head or the camera captures.
- That’s why the head position is very important.
Power hitting in cricket
I’ll break down the techniques one by one when you combine all the points, how you can improve yourself in power hitting.
1] Steady head position:-
First point is about steady head position head should be stable and watching bowler’s release and after playing the shot , eyes should be on the ball
2] base in stance:-
Second point is about having a wide base in stance It will provide a foundation for power hitting and there is no need of big foot movements It’ll help you to move briskly and lets you to strike the ball flawless.
3] Timing to hit the ball:-
Third point is about timing to hit the ball.. desperation should not be there should not over hit the ball.. just hit it along the line of the ball like yuvraj and chris lynn which is more than enough so that’s the third point.
4] Selection of shots:-
- Fourth point is about double minded selection of shots which is not advisable.
- If you are going for a big hit , go for it with out any second thoughts and strike them cleanly.
- If you have second thoughts surely you will not complete the shot and you will end up in loosing your wicket.
5] use of bottom hand in power hitting:-
- fifth point is about use of bottom hand in power hitting.
- Firm grip and efficient use of bottom hand is required for power hitting.
- Shots like cut, pull, sweep, pick-up shots require more bottom hand.
- so while playing such shots grip the bottom hand firmly like MSD, yuvi it gives you power to go for bottom hand shots the most important point is…
- clearing the front leg when your going to strike the ball casually you’ll take the leg to the line of the ball and play the shot.
- If you are going to go for power hitting , you should clear the front leg from body line.
- Clear the front leg from the line and go for clean big hits you can see international players using this method in the last 5 overs of t20 matches.