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Zeeshan
February 10, 2013, 10:33 PM
Gideon Haigh wrote on the leg glance in this Cricinfo piece (http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/604354.html) today. Other than leg glance, which is relatively less riskier than aerial one, if applied with a fine touch or nudge, can result in boundary without brute force.

Problem with Bangladeshis is the least used nuances or subtleties in shot selection. Sweeping is underused too. And today I saw one of the most breathtaking straight drive (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batting_%28cricket%29#Drive) in Michael Clarke's 230-innings.

Why do our all-gun-blazing batsman NOT consciously incorporate them in their arsenal? They chiefly go for aerial ones with "gayer jor" when a simple guiding in gaps (based upon nurdling for singles) can be invaluable.

Don't coaches emphasize on this point or players are too stubborn to settle for such "artistry"?

[I agree that batsman should play the ones they are comfortable with, but one must evolve his game as time progresses , imo.]

jeesh
February 10, 2013, 10:58 PM
Our batsman dont have a range of shots. And when they need to launch they always target deep mid wicket. This is because all our batsmen are bottom handed, and the natural tendency is to always aim at mid wicket because thats where they can get their maximum power.

This is sth Jurgensen needs to work on. Shakib for example can be very predictable when he needs to slog. So instead of the deep mid wicket, he needs to develop his inside out shot, learn how to hit straight or even learn how to cut wide of third man. This requires conscious effort from the batsman and someone to guide them. This is why a batting specialist will help.

Bonglababu
February 10, 2013, 10:58 PM
In fact the game is "evolving" and the batsmen are now readjusting their (stroke making) habits in different versions of cricket . Leg glance was a shot chiefly used by test cricketers before the advent of ODI's. But today's cricket is more physical than those puritanical techniques. Cricketers like Ranatunga, Azharuddin, Boon, Miandad, Dravid used to play those glaces with flair. But its not in vogue in this era of "baseballised" cricket.

Zeeshan
February 11, 2013, 12:10 AM
In fact the game is "evolving" and the batsmen are now readjusting their (stroke making) habits in different versions of cricket . Leg glance was a shot chiefly used by test cricketers before the advent of ODI's. But today's cricket is more physical than those puritanical techniques. Cricketers like Ranatunga, Azharuddin, Boon, Miandad, Dravid used to play those glaces with flair. But its not in vogue in this era of "baseballised" cricket.

Just because cricket is being "baseballised" that means one always has to heave like Junaid to- as jeesh pointed out- deep mid-wicket region? Tamim over the years has become more wristy, and leg glance is still in use as well effective sweepers like Tatenda Taibu.

BPL now have otherwise cracked open that part in their skull where a "good shot selection" doesn't necessarily have to be "force meet force" attack. Purists prefer the straight drives and such because they are not only eye-candy but shows placement/timing skills.

I think I discussed it before but my hunch is if a wagon wheel were to be pulled out there would definitely be some regions where batsman avoids as it's not in his 'comfort zone'.

Eshen
February 11, 2013, 12:15 AM
If I remember correctly, when Tamim first started, used to play leg glances fairly often. May be not so much nowadays.

Mushfiq is the other guy, I believe, saw playing leg glances well.

From the time of Siddons, our players sweeping against spinners fairly regularly.

Or am I missing something?

cricket_king
February 11, 2013, 09:34 PM
The leg glance is generally a higher risk shot than most. That is, it can be made to be risky, if you're playing across the line. It's true that Tamim did incorporate this shot early on in his career, especially early in his innings with the new ball swinging back into him. But he had a big issue with looking to play it too often, frequently playing across the line and getting into trouble.

Generally, you're better of playing an on drive, and holding back the glance for when the ball is going down leg. Definitely an easy boundary.

simon
February 12, 2013, 07:17 AM
"backsmash" is very rarely used, only Sir is capable

MohammedC
February 12, 2013, 07:19 AM
"backsmash" is very rarely used, only Sir is capable

I agree with Zafarullah Simon bhai