6 Cricketers and their Signature shots
Like Indian Gods are remembered by their ‘vahanas’, it’s actually their ‘vahanas’ that make them popular since unconventional usage of the same requires coordination and determination within the cricketers, oops! We mean the Gods. Before you confuse between Indian mythology and the legend of cricket, let us express our intent to write this article, it’s to meet you to the cricket millennial and the signature shots which have earned fame for their creators in a short time but not for a short period.
Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘Straight Drive’ – The God of cricket, as he is known is the inventor of the straight drive shot and no other cricketer has been able to match the expertise that Sachin Tendulkar comes with when we talk about the straight drive. No cricket fanatic ever in the history will forget the lofted straight drive by Sachin off the bowling of Michael Kasprowicz in the Sharjah Cup final in 1998 against Australia. For the shot to be carried crisply, Sachin is required to keep his head still and his footwork at its Sachin best. At times, he has to hit the ball dead straight over the bowler’s head for maximums, otherwise he keeps the balls all along the ground.
MS Dhoni’s ‘Helicopter Shot’ – The former Indian Cricket Team Captain’s Helicopter shot was a name of terror even amongst the most mature bowlers! The helicopter shot by MS Dhoni introduces its own unique style of hitting the ball in a way that can throw the bowlers out of the park, let alone not getting clean bold himself. The swing of the blade for Dhoni fans is still and forever will be a butterfly in the belly experience.
Virat Kohli’s ‘Cover Drive’ – Virat Kohli, the young and hot blooded player in the Indian cricket team has so far conquered the entire cricket territory with his exceptional performances within the country and Internationally so much so that the masses compare his signature shot ‘Cover Drive’ to that of Sachin’s. Unarguably, Virat Kohli brings his personal style of batting on the pitch but being humble in his stance is a style that very few possess
Suresh Raina’s ‘Inside-out Shot’ - If the batsman shifts towards the leg side to play the ball that has been delivered by the bowler close to the stump near the leg and the batsman hits the ball to the off side then the stroke is called as an ‘Inside out shot’. The Inside-out shot is one of the toughest shots to deliver since it requires a detailed analysis of the delivery within a split of the second and umpteen practice before playing it in, and who other than Suresh Raina could be the master of the Inside-out shot?
Douglas Marillier’s ‘Ramp Shot’ - Douglas Marillier, who has been a right hand batsman played Tests and ODIs. He is credited as one of the oldest carriers of the ‘scoop’ stroke which is designed to be delivered over fine-leg. His technique in which the batsman extends the bat in form of a ramp right in front of him to flick the ball over his shoulder to fine leg was named as the ‘Ramp Shot’ or the Marillier’s shot. He has a one-day top score of 100 which he achieved in Sharjah against Kenya in April 2003.
Ricky Ponting’s ‘Pull-Shot’ – The ‘Pull-Over’, pulled perfectly by the former Australian cricketer is considered to be one of the most difficult shots in the history of cricket. The pull shot is a horizontal bat stroke that is played by the batsman to give shorter length deliveries which could be pitched anywhere on a line from leg stump, middle stump and off stump.
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