Batting is one of the central aspects of the sport of cricket. It may look simple, but becoming a competent batsman requires lots of hard work. Take some time to really dial in your stance, grip, and swing, along with other basic cues. When it comes time to take to the pitch, watch the bowler closely to try to predict his angle of delivery and keep your eye on the ball until you make contact. With enough practice, you can score more runs and take your game to the next level.
1. Don’t emulate someone else’s style.
Your game is the culmination of your strengths, which can be defined by you and your insight and no one else’s. Continuous practice with the aim to perfect that swing or that throw will give your glaring insights into what you can do. So just be confident in understanding your game.
2. Don’t underestimate your stance.
Most batsmen prefer a side-on stance. If you’re right-handed, turn your left side toward the bowler with the bat off to your right side. If you’re left-handed, simply reverse this position. Plant your feet about shoulder width and put a little bend in your knees. Keep your weight distributed evenly on the balls of your feet.
3. Own the Drill Grill Regime
A drill is a means of teaching or training through repeated exercise or repetition of an act. A drill allows you to highlight a particular skill, decision, movement or mindset and perfect it by doing it over and over again in a controlled environment that gives you measurable feedback. Among the many practice drills, there can be a productive repetition or unproductive, even harmful repetition. Your ability to select the best drills to match your practice goals often determines the success or failure of your practice sessions.
4. Focus on center bat shots
Quickly bring the bat back across your body with the blade perpendicular to the ground or at a horizontal angle. Make an effort to strike the ball as close to the center of the bat as possible. This is the basic technique used for most basic shots, including drives and defensive hits.
5. Timing matters
The main objective of batting is to rack up runs, not to hit every ball that comes your way. For this reason, knowing how to bide your time is just as important as knowing how to swing. Attempting to answer every delivery will only waste valuable energy and cause you to become frustrated.