Left Handed Cricket Batting Tips

Save

Left handers should bat left handed and right handers right. It's all about the bottom hand; too much of which will scoop the ball skyward. To keep cricket shots on the ground, the bottom hand should provide control. Many cricketers, though naturally right handed, prefer to bat left handed as the advantages far outweigh disadvantages.

Advantages

  • The angle of delivery from the right-hand bowler over the wicket makes offside strokes more comfortable. The bowler has to adjust his line to a left hander. So if left and right handers bat together, take quick singles. Not only the bowler will have to make regular adjustments to his line, but the field will have to change constantly.

    Be careful if the bowler delivers from wide of the stumps. The ball will travel further across the left hander and move more towards the slips. A straight delivery from a right-hand bowler can more easily be on-driven. Practice opening the right foot to such deliveries.

    Left handers have more success at the top of the order as most opening bowlers are right handed, bowling right-arm outswing or leg-cutters, and prone to straying on to the left-hander's pads. Slow, left-arm bowlers are less troubling to the left-handed batsman than to right handers because the standard delivery becomes an off-break.

Disadvantages

  • Left handers will have to deal with more rough from the bowlers' footmarks as the game goes on. The majority of bowlers are right arm over the wicket and leave marks outside the left-hander's off-stump.

Tips for All

  • Keep your eyes level; it speeds up reaction time. Move your shoulders toward the line of the ball. The rest of the body will follow. Play the ball on length. Respect good length, punish bad. Watch the ball from the bowler's hand as he runs in. Try to identify which is the shiny side or rough side to help determine which way it might swing. Against spinners, take an initial front foot half-step as he bowls. Remain balanced throughout the stroke.

Equipment

  • Gloves are the only part of left-handed batting equipment that differs from right-handed. With the standard batting grip, the bottom (left) thumb is in front and needs greater protection than the right thumb. Bats and pads are essentially identical for left and right, though some suppliers feature left-handed pads.

    Some top players prefer a bat whose outside edge has slightly harder, darker willow --with all those snicks through slips--so find a bat with a harder right face if you're left handed.

Related Searches

References

  • Cricket for Dummies; Julian Knight; 2007
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Bat Left-Handed

    Historically, many cultures viewed left-handers as a handicap. Some even considered it a sign of evil. However, our modern society appreciates left-handers...

  • How to Hit Big Shots in Cricket

    There is no greater thrill for a batsman in cricket than to see the ball sailing away over the rope for the...

  • Tricks of Hand Cricket

    Hand cricket is a popular game among school children, which adapts cricket into a game that can be played without a bat...

  • Left-Handed Batting Tips

    In baseball, the majority of hitters bat right-handed. Even some left-handed players bat right-handed, if this is the way that they were...

  • Batting Techniques for Cricket

    In cricket, the bat can be held in a number of ways to create different effects, and it's important to note that...

  • Batting Tips for Cricket

    Baseball owes much to the sport known as cricket, which is played all over the world, predominantly in areas where the British...

  • Slowpitch Softball Batting Tips

    Choose the right bat and grip. Bat speed is the most important factor in hitting a ball hard and there are exercises...

Related Searches

Check It Out

10 Delicious Game Day Eats That Rival the Game

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!