Cricket is one of the most prolific and followed sports across the globe. Comprising three basic attributes namely batting, bowling and fielding, cricket has grown tremendously and mended into unique formats. Batting is undisputedly and unarguably the most prominent part of cricket.
Cricket revolves around batting and as it composites the most vital part of the game. There are a number of shots that a batsman can hit while batting in cricket.
Different kinds of Cricket Shots:
1. Defensive Shots
Defensive shots form the basic components of batting. They are predominantly played in Test cricket and ODI cricket before the batsman settles down at the crease. Defensive shots are of two types:
a. Front Foot Defense: Front foot defence shot is played on the front foot where the batsman blocks a good length bowl that is pitched in straight or angling in.
b. Back Foot Defense: Back foot defence shot is played on the back foot where the delivery is pitched back of good length or is short.
Drives are the most glorious shots played by the batsman with a swinging bat through the off-side of the field. Drives being the most graceful shots are beautiful to watch with the naked eye. Drives are more often played on the front foot but you can also find some cricketers who love to play the back-foot drive. Sachin Tendulkar is the most notable cricketer to play drive shots with perfection.
a. On-Drive: On Drive is played on the front foot between the mid-off and the long-off positioned fielder. It is usually played on a good-length delivery angling in.
b. Off-Drive: Off Drive is also played on the front foot in between the mid-off and long-off position to a delivery that is angling out.
c. Cover Drive: Cover drive is the most classical and orthodox shot in cricket. The shot is played on the front foot to the cover region primarily between the cover and the extra-cover fielder.
d. Straight Drive: As the name suggests, the straight drive is played with a straight bat between the mid-off, long-off and mid-on, long-on region.
c. Back-Foot Drive: Apart from all the standard drives, backfoot is the only one that is played on the back foot through the on-side.
3. Leg Glance
Leg Glance is the most stunning shot that is played to the on-side region of the field. Typically played on the front foot as well as the back foot, a leg glance is useful in gaining vital runs for your team. The shot needs excellent work of the wrist and Virat Kohli is believed to be the most amazing player of the shot.
a. Front-Foot Leg Glance: Front-Foot leg glance is notably played in the mid-wicket, square-leg and fine-leg region of the field.
b. Back-Foot Leg Glance: Back Foot leg glance is played on the back foot mostly towards the backward square leg area.
4. Cut Shot
Cut Shot is the most splendid backfoot shot that is played at the square and off-side region of the field. Cut shots are difficult to play and are usually placed in the point and third-man region.
a. Square Cut: Square Cut is played on the backfoot through the point region to a delivery that is bowled shorter.
b. Upper Cut: Upper Cut shot is played to the third-man region behind the stumps to a well-directed bouncer.
5. Pull & Hook Shot
Pull and Hook Shots are largely played on the back side to the on side of the field. The shots are usually placed in the square or fine-leg area of the field.
a. Pull-Shot: Pull Shot is played to the mid-wicket or square leg region on the field to a shorter delivery pitched back of the length.
b. Hook Shot: Hook Shot is implicated to a well-directed bouncer to the square-leg or the fine-leg region.
6. Sweep Shots
Sweep shots have been the most unorthodox but regularly played cricket shots in the limited-overs format of the game. The sweep shot is played on the front foot predominantly to a spinner.
a. Sweep: The sweep shot is played to the square leg or the mid-wicket region. It most likely helps a batsman to gather crucial runs through boundaries.
b. Reverse-Sweep: The reverse sweep has been an innovative shot where the batsman switches his hands and executes the shot to the point or the third-man region.
7. Other Unorthodox Shots
a. Ramp Shot: Ramp shot is played charging down the pitch usually to the spinners and hitting a big hit or six to the long-off or the long-on region of the field.
b. Paddle Scoop: Paddle Scoop is played to a pacer or spinner through the fine-leg region of the field mostly to a good length delivery.
c. Helicopter Shot: Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is the mastermind behind the shot where a batsman resembles the rotation of the bat after hitting the bowl powerfully to a six/four.
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