Batting skills is natural for some cricketers , but can be a challenge for others. When you’ve padded with a the cricket bat in your hand. The most important factor to keep in mind is keeping your eyes at the ball. The posture of the batsman is crucial standing up straight and having no space between the cricket pad and bat. There are numerous cricketing shots you can play depending on the type of ball was thrown to the player. 

These are the top 10 batting skills guide.

Forward defence 

It is one of the shots most often used in cricket is trying to protect the pitch from great ball. The player must put his front foot in the right direction and keep the bat in close proximity to the pad, so that there is no space where the ball could strike the wicket. He must also play the ball straight in order to keep away from any edges. It won’t make many runs, but it will ensure that the stumps remain intact.

Defense of the back foot

Not the most attractive of shots, but it is efficient when it comes to protecting a ball that is pitched in-line and bounces. It is essential that the batsman comes back to his crease, and then meets the ball just before the top of its bounce. He plays gently to slow the speed off the delivery and lessen the possibility of being caught on the short leg.

Straight drive

A traditional shot from the foot that most of the time will result in the boundary. The batsman should get his front foot as close to the surface of the delivery as is possible while keeping his eyes in front of the ball while they execute the stroke. The shot is all more about timing and position than force.

back foot drive

This stroke lets the batsman run between the midpoint and the cover area when the shot is less than length. It is more about positioning instead of power, with the top hand, and ensuring that the hands and bat are in the direction in the direction of the strike. If it is timed correctly, the ball will fly off to create an edge.

Sweep shot

A popular technique to fight spinners The sweep shot can be a risky stroke that if not performed correctly could result in a disastrous. The batsman has to keep his balance by placing one foot on the ground and flexing his wrists while he moves his body to counter spin. This shot causes bowlers to be frustrated and force them to bowl in a different direction.

Slog sweep

A technique developed by such players as Adam Gilchrist and Kevin Pietersen Slog sweeps are an effective scoring stroke that requires a lot of power. The batsman has to keep his head down and then play the stroke over his body, using the entire surface of his bat. The method is similar as the sweep, but it is more dangerous since it is employed solely to create boundaries.

Foot glance in front

A shot played against fast bowlers after they’ve bowled to the leg side. A batsman raises both his hands when the ball is thrown to the offsideand uses the speed of the ball to make runs. A perfect way to punish the bowler who keeps on bowling in a negative manner.

Cut in squares

Used for many players when their ball’s wide and full of off-stump. It’s crucial that there is plenty of space available for the ball to strike to allow for incredible power and precision in the square of the wicket. It is important to flick your wrists while the shot is being played to keep it down and away from the range of a fielder the gully. If the shot is hit with mid-section of the ball it’s likely to hit to an outfield.

Pulse shot 

Most effective way to execute a bounce delivery The pull stroke is an essential element in a player’s armory. When the ball is thrown at waist level, the batsman has to play the ball on one leg, dragging forward with his front foot using his left hand to generate power for the shot. Batsmen use this shot to hit big sixes.

Hook Shot

Similar to the pull stroke, the hook shot is a run-scoring shot used by putting the ball thrown above the head’s height. The player plays the stroke blind by elevating the bat over his head while holding both hands in a firm position to put as much power as they can on the shot. Hook shots are the most risky shot in cricket which is why it’s only played for chasing targets.

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