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Best way to do Batting in Cricket – Techniques And Skills To Play Better Cricket

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Batting in cricket is probably the most popular of all skills. Firstly, it allows the player to score, and secondly he has the full attention of not only both teams, but also the spectators. When teaching batting it is essential that staff exercise great care in selecting the surface on which the skill is performed. At school level this is often a factor over which neither staff nor students have any control. Nevertheless, staff should remain on the side of caution and on bad pitches certain strokes should not be taught. It is accepted that at least one Examining Board includes the hook within the syllabus. The National Cricket Association (NCA) does not recommend that this stroke be taught to inexperienced players, particularly if the pitch is suspect. For this reason the hook and other advanced skills (lofted shots, the sweep and the late cut) are omitted from this text.

Batting
Batting

BATTING SKILLS – THE BASIC ELEMENTS

The Grip

Method: ?

✬ Hands close together towards top of handle.
✬ Top hand gripping very firmly.
✬ Fingers and thumbs of both hands around handle.
✬ V’s formed by thumb and forefinger are in line approximately half way between splice and outside edge of bat .




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The Stance

Method: ?

✬ Feet slightly apart.
✬ Knees slightly flexed, weight evenly distributed on balls of feet – not heels.
✬ Eyes level and square to line of delivery. Toe of bat on ground .

THE BACKLIFT

THE BACKLIFT- Batting
THE BACKLIFT- Batting

Method: ?

✬ Front shoulder and elbow pointing to bowler.
✬ Bat raised but pushed back over middle-stump.
✬ Head still.
✬ Open face of bat to point.
✬ Top forearm roughly parallel with ground.
✬ Back elbow away from body.
✬ No movement of body backwards or forwards until selection of stroke to be played is made

THE BASIC SHOTS

The Pull

This stroke is played to a short pitched ball bouncing between knee and chest height as it arrives at the batsman. This is known as a long hop.
When learning strokes, a firm level surface is required in order to achieve an even predictable bounce from a tennis ball. Extreme care must be taken to ensure that no batsman will hit a ball into an area where others are working. Sufficient space must be allowed so that individual batsmen do not strike any person from another group with the bat. No fielder is allowed nearer than 10 paces from the batsman. If practising inside, the batsman can strike the ball towards a wall and the fielders can intercept the ball on the rebound from the wall at a position nearer the striker but on the opposite side from the direction in which the ball was struck.

Method: ?

✬ Start with high back lift.
✬ Step back and across, with both feet square to the wicket.
✬ Fix eyes on ball and keep head still and forward of body.
✬ Hit ball at arm’s length in line with body.
✬ Aim to hit ball in front of square-leg and downwards.
✬ Transfer weight from back to front leg .

Hitting a Full Toss to Leg

Hitting a Full Toss to Leg -  Batting
Hitting a Full Toss to Leg – Batting

Objective: ?

✬ To play a ball which does not bounce before arriving at the batsman.

Method: ?

High backlift.
✬ Lean forward, head and front shoulder leading on to line of ball.
✬ Fix eyes on ball. Hit ball downwards at arm’s length.
✬ Aim in front of squareleg.
✬ Weight on front leg.
✬ Keep looking at place where contact was made in order to keep head still and maintain balance.

Back Defensive Stroke


Objective: ?

✬ This stroke is played to a ball pitching short and bouncing knee high or above.




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Method: ?

✬ High back lift.
✬ Step back and across towards off side if ball is on off stump.
✬ Back foot parallel with crease. Back of front shoulder turned slightly.
✬ Head on line of delivery.
✬ Weight on back foot. Balance of body forward.
✬ Front foot brought back naturally.
✬ Relax bottom hand to finger and thumb grip.
✬ Top hand in control.
✬ Ball is played under head.
✬ Bat vertical but angled downwards so that ball is not played upwards.

The Forward Defence Stroke


Objective: ?

✬ To prevent a good length ball from hitting the wicket.
✬ The ball should not bounce as high as the knee.

Method: ?

✬ From a good straight backlift lead with head and front shoulder onto the line of the ball.
✬ Top hand in control.
✬ Relax bottom hand to thumb and finger grip.
✬ Front leg close to line of ball and bent at knee.
✬ Ease back foot onto inside of foot; keep back leg straight.
✬ Do not follow-through.
✬ Maintain a good balance by keeping head close to front shoulder and over the bat.

The Off Drive

The Off Drive- Batting
The Off Drive- Batting

Objective: ?

✬ To play to a half-volley, a ball which pitches close to the batsman and does not bounce very high. It will be just on or outside the off stump.

Method: ?

✬ From a good high backlift, lead with head and front shoulder onto line of ball.
✬ Top hand in control.
✬ Play ball under head close to bent front leg.
✬ Do not lift head after contact.
✬ Arms follow-through along line ball was struck; top hand and elbow high.
✬ Back leg straight; weight on front foot.
✬ The wrist can now ‘break’ allowing the bat to go over the shoulder, handle pointing roughly in direction of ball.

The Straight Drive


Objective: ?

✬ To play to a half-volley which pitches approximately on the line of the middle stump.

Method: ?

✬ In all ways similar to off drive but the lead of head and front shoulder is straight down the pitch.




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The On Drive

Objective: ?

✬ This stroke is played to a half-volley, pitching on or just outside the leg stump.

Method: ?

✬ Very similar to other drives.
✬ Lead with head and front shoulder onto line of ball.
✬ Dip front shoulder while taking a shorter stride than for other drives.
✬ Throw hands and arms out along line ball is intended to be struck.
✬ Keep head close to shoulder.
✬ Top hand in control all the time.

The Forcing Stroke Off the Back Foot

The Forcing Stroke Off the Back Foot - Batting
The Forcing Stroke Off the Back Foot – Batting

Objective: ?

✬ This stroke is played to a ball short of a length outside the off stump which does not bounce more than about knee height.

Method: ?

✬ Essential to have a good high back lift.
✬ Step back and slightly across to offside just inside the line of ball.
✬ Back foot parallel to crease.
✬ Front shoulder turned slightly to off side.
✬ Weight on back foot. Head down.
✬ Control downswing of bat with top hand.
✬ Allow front leg to move close to back leg.
✬ Just before contact with ball punch through with bottom hand.
✬ Stop (check) swing of bat as shown, keeping a high front elbow.
✬ Keep looking at spot contact was made to maintain balance and forward poise of body

The Square Cut


Objective: ?

✬ This stroke is played to a short pitched ball which passes wide of the off stump, ideally about waist high.

Method: ?

✬ High backlift.
✬ Turn back of front shoulder to bowler.
✬ Step back and across to off side with back foot.
✬ Hit down on the ball at arm’s length.
✬ Watch ball carefully, making contact as it is level with body.
✬ Keep head well over back knee as bat follows through.
✬ Weight is on back foot.

The Forward Leg Glance

The Forward Leg Glance- Batting
The Forward Leg Glance- Batting

Objective: ?

✬ This stroke is played to a good length or slightly over pitched ball on or outside the leg stump.

Method: ?

✬ Lead with head and front shoulder onto line of ball.
✬ Front foot lands in line with ball; top hand in control.
✬ Angle face of bat slightly to leg side.
✬ Keep handle further forward than blade to play ball down.
✬ Maintain a good balance by keeping head over front knee as ball is played and afterwards.
✬ Allow wrists to continue to turn as bat follows through.




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The Backward Leg Glance


Objective: ?

✬ This stroke is played to a ball just short of a length which is missing the leg stump.

Method: ?

✬ Step back, allowing back foot to point to cover.
✬ Head on line of ball.
✬ Front foot taken back naturally.
✬ Allow ball to come close.
✬ Play ball down with angled bat, face pointing to leg side.
✬ Control stroke with top hand.
✬ Wrists continue to turn as bat follows through.

Running Between the Wickets

Running Between the Wickets - Batting
Running Between the Wickets – Batting

In order to score in cricket it is necessary for the batsman to run between the wickets. While this may appear blatantly obvious, there is nevertheless a degree of judgement as well as physical skill involved, and staff are recommended to spend some time on this topic within the time allotted to teaching and practising batting.

Running between the wickets involves 5 factors: ?

✬ (1) Calling
✬ (2) Deciding who makes the call
✬ (3) Backing up
✬ (4) Making one’s ground
✬ (5) Multiple runs

Calling
There are three calls: ?

Yes– when there is definitely a run
No – when there is no chance of a run
Wait– if unsure whether the fielder can collect the ball

Wait is always followed quickly by either yes or no.

Whose Call
This depends on where the ball has been struck. Generally if the striker can see the ball easily it is his call. If it has gone behind the striker it would be the non striker’s call.Either batsman may refuse to run if he thinks he cannot make the run, provided he does so immediately.

Backing Up

The non-striker holds his bat with the hand nearest the bowler. As the bowler commences his delivery, the non striker is moving towards his partner, placing his bat just inside the popping crease. He watches the bowler deliver the ball before leaving the crease and moving down the pitch. If the bowler does not deliver the ball, he is able to remain within his ground because the bat is grounded behind the crease.
The non striker’s duty is to run clear of the striker so that he does not impede him if the striker, due to the stroke he has played, has to run on the same side of the pitch .



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Making One’s Ground
Always run the first run as fast as possible. Aim to run the bat in short of the popping crease so that it is grounded as it crosses the crease .

Multiple Runs
When there is a possibility of more than one run, the call is yes, but as the batsmen pass each other they should quietly suggest the possibility: “Look for two”, “Could be three”.

Ground the bat in either left or right hand so that the turn can be made facing the direction in which the ball is being fielded.

Turn?

Look – at the fielder to see whether there is another run.
Look – at the other batsman to ensure he can run again.
Call– run if yes, stay in ground if no.

General Points


If both batsmen start to run it is better to try and get to the other end than to stop and return to the starting point.
Ensure the bat is run in on its edge and grounded behind the popping crease before turning for the next run.
Before running for a misfield, ensure that the ball has travelled a sufficient distance from the fielder to allow a safe run. Having accepted a run, do not watch the ball when running.


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