You might be learning or want to improve your batting skills. Today I am teaching you some basic and important tips which will definitely improve your batting skills. While implementing these tips in a live cricket match you can play a longer innings.
For better performance bat selection, batting stance, correct footwork, front foot back foot defense and shot selection according to the field is needed. Today we will understand all these aspects. I will give you the 5 best batting tips in cricket which will help you to bat longer in cricket.
How to bat longer in cricket 5 best batting tips
- Bat selection.
- Correct batting stance.
- Good footwork.
- Front foot back foot defence.
- Play the shot according to the field.
How to bat in cricket
Cricket bat selection process
Cricket bat selection is one of the most basic and important steps. Youngsters often get confused while checking the weight during the bat purchase or they don’t check it. You can try square cut shots to judge the bat weight at your convenience. Normally, cricket bats are designed in such a way that they have weight in three different areas: lower portion, middle portion or upper middle portion.
Player should select a bat that he/she can lift easily; don’t select an overweight bat; it may mismatch your timing. If you are playing leather ball cricket then among Kashmir willow and English willow you can select English willow cricket bats due to better quality wood used in those bats.
In cricket games the English willow and Kashmir willow cricket bats are famous in the entire world. In the present Era most players use English willow cricket bats because they are better quality and light weight bats.
Correct batting stance
To learn cricket or any game the first and basics step is stance. Without the correct batting stance a cricketer may take a longer time to learn cricket batting. While taking stance the batsman uses the batting pitch according to the pace of the bowler. Basically a batsman should stand in such a way that his/her back foot should be inside the batting crease line and front foot should be outside the batting crease line. It is good to take a middle or leg stump guard for both right hand and left hand batsman.
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While taking the guard draw a straight line from the leg stump towards the batting crease line and put your back foot tow just behind that line. Don’t cross that line with your toe, batsmans front foot will be slightly towards leg side. This gives a better position to a batsman to play shots everywhere. Remember your front foot will be slightly behind (not too much) from the drawn line in comparison to the back foot.
Correct footwork use is required to survive and play longer innings in cricket. For the correct foot work it is necessary to play front foot shots in front foot and back foot shots in back foot. Such as a straight drive should be played on the front foot. While playing straight drive, the elbow is stretched towards the sky and if the batsman stands up on toes dragging the backfoot besides front foot then this shot will be a better quality straight drive shot.
While playing this shot correctly as explained, the ball will pass just side by side with the bowler or main umpire. Similarly back foot shots like square cuts need to be played on the back foot in which the batsman’s back foot will slightly move towards the off stump. You can practice cricket at home alone and easily improve footwork in front of mirror.
To improve footwork it is necessary to practice front foot and back foot shots separately into the nets. One should practice only front foot shots for half an hour and practice only back foot shots for half an hour. Like this, a beginner player can improve footwork in cricket.
How to learn batting in cricket
At least 90 days/3 months are required to learn any sports. It is true that you can learn cricket in only 3 months but to become an expert years are required. Defence is a basic and important step in cricket through which a batsman blocks the ball with a bat. It is not played to score, instead the ball stops near a batsman while defending the ball. Without learning defence you can’t play a long innings. There are two types of defence: front foot defence and back foot defence. Front foot defence is played on the balls which are delivered in front of the batsman; they are almost good length balls or slightly overpitch balls.
While playing back foot defence batsmen need to wait on the back foot and these defences are played on half length balls that are pitched on half pitch.
Once you learn both types of defence it will become easier for you to play and learn different kinds of shots including straight drive, cover drive, flick shot, backfoot punch etc.
Play the shot according to the field
To play the shot according to the field is necessary for that you need to to practice each shot separately during the practice sessions. How you hold or grip the bat becomes more important to play shots according to the field. To play straight shots it is necessary to hold the bat from the bottom of the handle just above the neck of the bat. Batsman’s bottom hand will be just over the neck of the bat which gives more balance while playing straight drives and the bat doesn’t turn on the hands.
To play towards leg stump flick shots you don’t not need to hold the bat from the bottom instead the lower hand will be bit above the neck of the handle. This type of bat grip allows the bat to turn into your hands. Sometimes batsmen need to play with a long handle, which means play the shots away from the body, batsman hold the bat from the top of the handle. After achieving these skills a cricket player can play shots according to the field.