5 unique cricket shots that players made famous

5 unique cricket shots that players made famous

In the last decade, batters like AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and Glenn Maxwell have been unbelievably innovative in their batting.


MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Getty Images and Twitter)

Well, batting in cricket has always been evolutionary and innovative. Way back in the 1890s when the leg stump balls were disdained, the legendary Ranjitsinji taught the world to seamlessly collect boundaries at fine-leg.

Even the great WG Grace’s brother Edward was considered a pioneer to first exhibit the unorthodox cross-bat strokes on the leg-side. Sir Don Bradman, who claimed to not have been formally coached, simply described batting as being bold, instinctive, and adaptable. Overall, the bottom line is to maximize and seize the scoring opportunities, the batters have persuasively produced different creative forms of shot-making.

5 unique cricket shots that players made famous-

1. Uppercut- Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Just like his sumptuous straight drive and the ingenious paddle-sweep, even the uppercut was Sachin Tendulkar’s signature offering. The batter had first exhibited the shot in South Africa in 2002 against the rapid pace of Makhaya Ntini. Though initially the shot was developed by Eddie Barlow in the 1960s, Tendulkar is often called its modern master.

While sharing the rationale behind the stroke, the little master had first recalled his uppercut to be very instinctive. As Ntini with his usual short-off-a-length bowling was offering extra bounce, Sachin used the bounce and pace to go under it rather than getting on top. By using the extra bounce to its full advantage, the shot became an attacking option for Tendulkar.

Perhaps barring the master-blaster, even the likes of Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardena, and Sanath Jayasuriya have proficiently played the uppercut. More importantly, in today’s game, the shot is a viable boundary stealing chance, especially during field restrictions.

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