December 5, 2023 01:28:30

7 best batting tips for beginners by ‘Dinesh Kartik’!

1. Standing Sideways

Always stand facing the bowler with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your body with your hips, keeping your back straight. When you have the bat ready, point your non-dominant shoulder towards the bowler and make sure to keep your eyes on the ball. Your shoulders should not be down and should be at eye level at all times. If you are right-handed, you stand on the right side of the stump and if you are left-handed, you stand on the right side of the stump.

2. Hold the bat

Always hold your bat tight and tight. If you are right-handed, your left hand should hold the end of the bat facing the bowler and your right hand should be placed on top of your left hand and hold the bat with 2 fingers and your thumb. Your thumb and forefinger should be in a good position and grip more tightly. The opposite is true for left-handed batsmen. Make sure your hands are close to each other and the bat paddle will feel comfortable in your hand.

3. Distance between bat and stump

Draw a line from the middle wicket to your field. This will help you make sure where your wicket is when batting. Draw the line using the end of your bat and make sure that the line is parallel to the middle wicket. This line is called the guard line. If you practice indoors, use tape to draw guard lines.

4. Tap the bat on the ground line

If you tap the guard line, it indicates to the bowler that you are ready to bat. Do not tap the ground too hard. Straighten your bat as much as possible to maintain your body form.

5. Swing Backward Momentum

When the ball is coming towards you and you have to hit it, always keep your lead leg forward and swing your bat back for speed. When lifting your bat, it should point directly into the air and come up to your back shoulder. If the ball is low, proceed to hit and if it is high, step on the blackboard. Make sure that when you lift your bat to hit the ball, your forearm should line up with your shoulders.

6. Eyes on the ball

Always, keep an eye on the ball. If you follow until the ball is pitched, you can figure out the position you need to take to hit the ball. Think about which shot will hit as soon as the ball comes toward you. If the ball is pitched in a sweet place, you can drive to take a long shot but if the ball is too high or too low, take a defensive shot. This is one of the most important cricket batting techniques for newcomers to remember and follow.

7. Swing the bat downward

After the ball bounces, push your bat down to hit. Place your lead leg forward and place the elbow facing the bowler. Follow with your bat to hit the ball as much as possible. This cricket batting technique is the most common and is called straight drive.