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All Types Of Cricket Shots With Their Explanation ( Update 2019 )

Update on 11/09/2019
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All Types Of Cricket Shots With Their Explanation ( Update 2019 )

Update on 11/09/2019

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There are total 16 cricket shots and if you know them, that is really cool and if you don't know and want to know about the cricket shots then you are welcome. Here you will find all the cricket shots for that you are searching, after reading this article about cricket shots, you will be fully award about how the cricket shot should be played, when the cricket shot should be played and why it should be played.

So we will be going through the shots which I want to mention first:

 

 

Front foot shots:-

  1. Straight Drive
  2. Cover Drive
  3. On Drive
  4. Square Drive
  5. Forward Defence
  6. Sweep
  7. Reverse Sweep
  8. Front Foot Leg Glance

 

Back foot shots:-

  1. Back Foot Drive
  2. Back Foot Defence
  3. Square Cut
  4. Pull Shot
  5. Hook Shot
  6. Back Foot Leg Glance
  7. Uppercut

 

Other shots:-

  1. Ramp Shot

 

 

Now let's cover the all cricket shots and cricket shots list below.

 

Front Foot Shots:

Front Foot Shots are usually require a little because the front foot shots require the batsman to come forward towards the bowler, so front shots are played to a good length yorkers. So have a detailed look in it.

 

The Straight Drive:


WHERE IS TO HIT?
Straight drive is counted among the most graceful shots in cricket game if played correctly. You should hit the straight drive into the area which is highlighted red in below pic.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES YOU SHOULD PLAY IT?
The straight drive is usually played to deliveries of full length and middle stump or off stump line.

How It Is Played
As this shot is a front foot shot, so you should be going down to the pitch towards that area where the ball will bounce and bent your front leg and when you hit the ball, your bat face should be towards the bowler. A high front elbow is advised while hitting the ball because this makes your bat face more accurate during hitting the straight drive.

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The Cover Drive:

WHERE TO HIT?
The cover drive is way similar to straight drive, just you need to hit the ball in the covers, for your better understanding the red zone in the below image describes the cover zone in cricket grounds.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The cover drive is played to a full length which would be on an off stump line or wider.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Follow the same step which is described in straight drive and this time if the ball is on the line then your front foot should come forward and towards the off side. But this time you should pass the ball through the fielders as the opponent team captains will have least two fielders there so you should have to pickup a gap between these two.

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The On Drive

Where to hit ?
This is another drive shot which is played in another direction between the cover drive and straight drive.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
It is played to a full length delivery on a leg stump line or just sliding on to the pads.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Move straight forward towards the pitch and line of the ball and bent your front knee, and the weight of your head should be over your front knee, as the bat comes through to hitting the ball then change your face angle towards the leg side of the bowler.And don't forget to high your front elbow.

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The Square Drive:

WHERE IS IT HIT?
Square drive is a little bit risky shot which is played to the off side. Checkout the red zone from below image to see where to hit that shot.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The square drive is also played to the deliveries of full length with the delivery line should be wide of off stump.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Firstly make a stride towards the pitch and ensure that your front leg is bent and your head is over your front knee. This shot is much more based on a good hand-eye co-ordination.

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The Forward Defence

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The forward defense is the shot that the player firstly must be able to play because you will be playing against all types of bowlers and there is no any specific are to be able to this shot. The goal is to hit the ball somewhere on the ground from close to the wicket.

ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The forward defence is played on a full length ball that is threatening the stumps. Play it in a defensive side.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
The technique of Forward defence is same as the technique of drive shots. But this time there is no any follow through, move your front foot towards the pitch and live of the ball, again bent your front knee with keeping your head over your front knee. Bring your bat next to the knee with leaving a minimal room between your pad and the bat. When you make contact with the ball then bent your bat angle slightly towards the ground specially when the fielders would be there, waiting for a catch.

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The Sweep

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The sweep shot is mostly played against the slower bowlers such as spinners. It is been hit anywhere behind the square on the leg side. It is described in the below image red zone.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The Sweep is played on a full length delivery. anywhere at the leg-side of the off-stump, also it can be played on those deliveries which are spinning towards the batsman's body.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Firstly take a large stride down to the pitch with your front foot. As the stride should not be large enough because it can ruin your balance. The adjusted large stride will help you to smash a smooth shot to a spin bowler. Try to bring down your eye level cos it will be comfortable for you. Hold your bat in front of you with the bat face towards the leg side. Now just hit the ball.

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The Reverse Sweep

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The reverse sweep is also a type of front foot shot that is more popular in modern cricket. It is just reverse of the normal sweep and can be hit behind hit behind square on the offside.Described in below red radar in the pic.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
It can be played on a good length balls. Usually the shot is played against the spinners towards the offside of the batsman’s body, or a spinner who pitches the ball on the offside.
HOW IS IT PLAYED?
The reverse sweep is way similar to the normal sweep. Just you need to manoeuvre your hands in a different way , take a stride down to pitch with your front foot. Make a comfortable length to your stride and don't let it ruin your balance. Now sink down nicely and extend your bat in front of you and the bat face should be towards the outside. Now smash the ball as it strikes to your bat.

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The Front Foot Leg Glance

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The front foot leg glance is more effective to take a quick single, it can be hit at many areas in the leg side. It depends upon your shot timing. The red zone below describes the area for the shot.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
It can be hit on the ball of line of middle stump or to the leg side. These deliveries would be also good full length .
HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Take your stride down towards the pitch with your front foot. As the ball angle you see towards your body then try to play the ball in the same way with your high elbow. Now roll or flick the wrists with a contact with the ball. The flicking motion makes the shot risky but it makes it effective.

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Back Foot Shots


In the back foot shots the batsman moves backwards while hitting the ball on the crease. The back foot shots usually played on the deliveries which bounce too high. Hence a slightly movement in back foot will be more effective to play the delivery effectively.

 

 

Back Foot Drive

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The back foot drive is played on the similar areas like front foot drives. The red zone below shows those areas.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The back foot drive is played on a back of a length and also can be played on the line of the batsman’s body,on the outside the line of off stump or just on the stumps.
HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Before the bowler has bowled the delivery just take a small step down towards the pitch, its also called the Trigger Move. From this position you must understand the length of the ball and determine well that the ball is short enough for your back foot drive. Move backward to the line of the ball and stand tall and close your both feet together. Now keep focusing on to bring the bat through line of the ball, also keep your elbow high during hitting that shot.

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Back Foot Defence

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The back foot defence is for those short deliveries which can not be attacked on all shots. In that case you can perform a back foot defence. The goal should be reflect the short ball towards the ground.


ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
It can be played on the deliveries which are back of a length.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Back foot defence way similar to back foot drive. Put your front foot backwards and make your feet closer and stand tall on the crease. Bring the bat down straight and your front elbow should be high. Now try to play the ball late as possible because it will make less chances of offering catches to the opponent players..

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The Square Cut

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The square cut is one of the most used shot for score in cricket. It can be punishment for the bad deliveries. You will see most of boundaries on that shot. The red zone describes the shot.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The square cut is played on the back of a length or short deliveries that are wide of the off stump.
HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Firstly identify the line and length of the ball early. Once you will notice that the ball is short enough and wide of the off stump, then just smash the bat from your back foot. Make eye contact with the ball and free your arms and strike the ball with a horizontal bat. The late you will play the ball, the more accurate square shot will be played.

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The Pull Shot

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The pull shot is the most deadly weapon of the batsman. It can be hit in various areas in the leg side. Ranging from the fine leg to mid-wicket. The red zone below will make a better understanding in its areas to hit.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The pull shot is played on the deliveries of back of a length balls that are either in line with the stumps, or on the batsman’s body. Pull shot is mostly played when the ball is between waist and height of shoulder on the batsman.
HOW IS IT PLAYED?
In this case also identify the line and length of the ball early. Make front foot off backwards. The majority of your wight should be on your back foot. Bring the bat horizontal and your foot may leave the ground as you will perform this kind shot and must rotate your torso . The rotation of torso and speed of your hands will provide the power in the pull shot.

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The Hook Shot

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The hook shot targets the leg side anywhere from the fine leg.to mid-wicket. A red zone will make a better understand for this shot.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The hook shot is way similar to the pull shot. It can be hit to the fast bowlers on the back of a length delivery or the short pitched deliveries that are on the line of the stumps or the batsman’s body. The only difference between the hook shot and pull shot is that the hook shot can be hit on the deliveries that are over the shoulder height.
HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Before pushing backwards of your front foot, just you need to identify the line and length of the ball as soon as possible. As more of your weight will be transit to your back leg, then rotate your torso and then bring your bat horizontal to intercept the rising ball.The rotation of your torso and your hand speed will boost up the hook shot. While performing this shot, your front foot can leave the ground.

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The Back Foot Leg Glance

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The back foot leg glance is another great option to score the runs easily. It is very useful while rotating the strike. The back foot leg glance shot can be hit on various areas in the leg side. It also depends upon your timing. The red zone below is the area where to hit that shot.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The back foot leg glance is usually payed on the delivery of back of a length or short deliveries with a relatively straight bat. Also it can be played in terms of line of deliveries, you should look for the balls that would be in line with the stumps or anything on the line of the body and to the leg side of that.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
To play the back foot leg glance , firstly push your back off your front foot and judge the line and length of the ball too early. Move back in your crease, after the ball reaches at your then move your bat through the straight line and then steadily reflect your bat towards the leg side. Also make your front elbow high while performing the shot, and as you will make a contact with ball then flick your wrists.

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The Uppercut

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The uppercut is more popular shot in short formats of cricket. This shot allows the batsman to hit the ball over the top of the field region. If that understanding doesn't make sense to you then follow the bellow red zone.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The uppercut shot is played on the deliveries of back of a length or short balls that are outside the line of the off stump. Also the batsman must get underneath the delivery for getting the elevation on the ball.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Firstly detect the ball if it is a short and wide enough then move back in your crease and maintain a solid base. Now wait until you will see the ball raising the good height and will easy for you to get underneath the ball. As you will see the ball has reached a comfortable height, now it is your turn. Extend your arms and smash the ball and the bat angle should be upward.

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Other Shots

The Ramp Shot

WHERE IS IT HIT?
The ramp shot is usually played in the one day cricket. This shot can be played behind square on both sides of the wicket: As seen in the below red zone.

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ON WHICH DELIVERIES SHOULD IT BE PLAYED TO?
The ramp shot can be played on the deliveries of a good full length. The ramp shot also can be played to full tosses or yorkers that are intercepted before they bounce.

HOW IS IT PLAYED?
Firstly get into the position in which the bowler is about to bowl. Now get into a front on position, now extend your bat in front of your face-up position. now just read properly the line and length of the delivery. keep tilting the bat left or right depending upon the which side of the wicket you want to hit the ball. You don't need to hit the ball hard in this shot and here the bowler's pace will work for you.

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