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48 What was that "whatashot"?




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This article is from the RSC/UKSC Cricket FAQ, by Ganesh with numerous contributions by others.

48 What was that "whatashot"?

Contributor(s): brangas.
Tired (like me) of commentators that refer to many very
common unorthodox shots with the generic "WhatAShot!"?
Want to know what to call them? Then help with this
compilation.

a) The slog sweep or the harsh sweep.
A sweep played in the air to square leg.
Very common shot nowadays.
eg. Wasim Akram, Steve Waugh, Jonty Rhodes.
Veteran Indian cricketers honor Yashpal Sharma
and call it the Badam shot.

b) The swivel hook
A hook or pull played to a short ball down legside.
Same shot with the front leg raised is a special case,
South Asians often refer to it as the Nataraj shot. For
obvious reasons. ;-)
eg. Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuryia, Kapil Dev, Clive Lloyd.

c) The inside-out drive or the cross-batted drive.
The flat-batted shot played on the front foot,
sending the ball to long-off or cover. I think
we should borrow once again from baseball and call
it a line drive.
eg Sachin Tendulkar, Roger Twose,???

d) The short-arm pull
played to a ball outside off-stump sending the
ball through wide long-on
eg Sachin, Kapil Dev




 

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