5 Cricket Batting Drills
Cricket batting drills are a product of extensive study by cricket amateurs and professionals who sought to perfect the art of skilfully hitting the ball to maximize the number of runs or to just remain in the game. Cricket is the British version of American baseball and has as its main goal, lashing the ball with a cricket bat. Ultimately, cricketers score more points by learning the drills, applying these cricket batting techniques and by striking the ball as far as possible with as much flair and herculean strength. First and foremost, cricketers must strive to hold the cricket bats with a good grip.
- The back foot defense is a cricket batting drill very useful for meeting fast-moving balls and for protecting the wicket. Going back a few centimeters from the crease heightens the possibilities of striking the ball with better ease and drive. In this move, the batsman moves a leg back but not too close to knock over the stumps. The batsman is most effective if he does not grip the bat handle too firmly. The head is forward facing the ball. Time the ball's pace and its direction- which lies below the eye level. The bat's angle should slightly be facing the ground.
- The sweep shot is a cricket batting drill in which the batsman moves forward with one of the legs barely touching the line. He makes a sweeping movement with the bat, kneeling with one leg and bending the other (in an almost proposal position). The batsman then executes a wide swing of the ball, with his head and shoulders leaned forward. The sweep shot is best reserved for spinners.
- The lofted shot is another cricket batting drill which drives the ball to a distant height. The cricketer hits the ball using the smooth face of the bat and he drives the ball with such force that the ball soars over the fielders' heads to the boundary for four points or over the boundary for six points. The hands remain firm on the bat; however, the power has to be transferred to the bat to propel the ball higher and further.
- The hook shot cricket batting drill is a batting style which is more complex and aggressive. This type of batting skill is more adapted to short distances and bowls targeted to the legs. The cricketer has to lean back, with one leg moving backward and the head, shoulders and back leaned back. The hands are raised and extended to meet the forthcoming ball as the cricketer directs the ball across.
- The front foot glance is a cricket batting drill which enables the cricketer to step up to meet the ball with one of his feet. The delivery guides the ball to an angle or sideways. The weight of the body rests on the front foot. This move keeps the ball near the ground and does not carry the ball high into the air.