Gone are those days when batsman in the game of cricket used to play the Text Book shots. However, the game evolved like any other over the years. During the course, few players came up with a few innovative strokes to make the cricket fanatics go awe at them. Meanwhile, we figured out 5 such strokes, which surprised every cricket fan.
Here are they:
5. Virender Sehwag’s UPPER-CUT:
The swashbuckling opening batsman Virender Sehwag has been one of the true entertainers of the game. He was the one, who used to make the batting look so simple and stunning. The way he caresses those deliveries to boundary fence is quite a lovable sight for cricket fanatics.
He was the one, who redefined the art of opening batting. During the course, he also mastered a stroke named ”Upper Cut” which he often used to tackle the bouncer from the fast bowlers. It was such a cool shot, as a simple guide will fetch six runs for the team. It was also the stroke, which was mastered by Sachin Tendulkar as well. His stroke against Akhthar has been one of the favourite strokes for many Indians.
4. Kevin Pietersen’s SWITCH HIT:
Well, the South Africa-born English Cricketer has always been on the news for various controversies. It even haunted when he played a brilliant Switch Hit against Muttiah Muralitharan. The shot created a lot of stir in the game of cricket, as few analysts felt that it was against the rules.
However, slowly, the shot became a regular in the armour of the batsmen, who often uses against spinners. The overseas batsmen mastered the art to tackle the Asian teams. Of late, we find cricketers like Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler using that shot more often than not in their stay at the crease.
3. Tillakaratne Dilshan’s DILSCOOP:
The legendary cricketer from Sri Lanka, Dilshan also a pioneer for a new shot in the game of cricket. When all the batsmen are pretty happy to score runs in front of the wicket, Dilshan got other ideas in the mind, which laid a platform for him to come up with an innovative stroke.
Dilshan, the opening batsman, used to scoop the ball right over the head of the wicketkeeper for the fast bowler, which fetches a minimum of four runs for his side. With teams hardly put a fielder behind the wicketkeeper, the shot of Dilshan became a huge success in the game. Now, a lot of modern day cricketers uses the stroke.
2. AB de Villiers’ REVERSE SCOOP FOR FAST BOWLERS:
Well, the superman of cricket finds a place in the chart. The Proteas cricketer garnered a huge fan base across the world for his incredible hitting of the ball. He got quite a few amazing strokes under his belt and always displayed them to perfection during his stay at the crease.
In one of those astounding strokes, his reverse sweep to the fast bowler shook the fans of the game. None of the fans expected that a batsman can pull such a shot against the fast bowler, who is bowling at speed close to 140-150 KMPH. Even the greats like Sachin Tendulkar applauded the effort by AB de Villiers, which sums up the story.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s HELICOPTER SHOT:
Perhaps, all the cricket fanatics would have tried to emulate Dhoni’s helicopter shot at least once in their life. When MS Dhoni started playing the shot, it created enough buzz in the world cricket to make fans go awe at him. He tackled the finest bowlers of the game with that shot to garner six runs to his name.
Yorker used to be the best delivery for the bowlers to stop the run flow but the shot of MS Dhoni made life hard for the fast bowlers. He even displayed that stroke against the best in the business Lasith Malinga to fetch six runs. However, of later, he isn’t using it much at the crease. Meanwhile, players like Mohammad Shahzad and Steven Smith displayed a stroke similar to it.