Ranking top 5 best players of the pull shot among current cricketers

Facing short balls is arguably one of the hardest things as a batsman.

Rohit Sharma

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The beautiful game of cricket has been entertaining us for several years and the various complexities involved in it make it very interesting. Both bowlers and batsmen have come up with various techniques to try and outfox their opponent in different conditions around the world.

Batsmen play lots of different shots and each shot has its own set of challenges that the batsman must overcome through practice. They tend to drive the ball when it’s pitched up and when the ball is pitched outside the off stump on a good length, batsmen tend to cut the ball.

Facing short balls is arguably one of the hardest things as a batsman and thus, it makes playing the pull shot quite a difficult task. While a well-executed pull shot looks pleasing on the eye, they are quite difficult to master and batsmen have gotten themselves dismissed on several occasions trying to play that shot. We have already seen the likes of AB de Villiers and Ricky Ponting play the pull shot to perfection in the past.

Here’s a look at the 5 best players of the pull shot among the current cricketers:

5. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s cover drive on the off-side is arguably the best cricketing shot in the modern world and it is without any doubt considered as his signature shot. However, fans tend to forget how good he is at playing the pull shot because of his cover drives.

His quick reflexes help him pull the ball with minimal ease, and it is one of his highest-scoring shots. The Indian captain has scored 22,458 runs in 426 international matches at an average of 55.72. He has 70 centuries and 110 fifties to his name and is the 3rd highest run-scorer in the history of Indian cricket.

Kohli wasn’t quite great at dealing with bouncers initially, but his determination to convert his weaknesses into his strengths helped him become a good player of the pull shot. He has also inspired youngsters to keenly observe his batting and play shots the way he does. In the current generation of young cricketers, Shubman Gill’s pull shots are quite similar to Kohli’s.

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