5 Cricketers and their memorable signature shots
These shots made us stick to the TV sets.
Published - Oct 28, 2019 5:50 pm
Updated - Oct 28, 2019 5:50 pm
Cricket is one of those games which has always given birth to innovation and new innovations. It has helped in the growth, development, and popularity of the game. Inventing new shots to tackle the bowlers has always been the key motive of the batsmen. The batsmen are inventing new shots that have helped them in developing and bettering their own games. The kind of pitches generally offered for LOI’s has also helped in many batsmen defying logic and playing some outrageous yet effective shots.
This has mainly happened because of the emergence of T20 cricket. The newest format and its humongous popularity has meant that batsmen from various countries with even very solid, compact techniques need to push the envelope and look for newer ways to keep the scoreboard moving and bring out their hidden skills and talents. That also ensures they become crowd favorites and remain popular in times where loyalty and players fan base keep swaying due to the increased use of social media.
There have been many in line who had started reinventing themselves and who have dished out their top shots with some imaginative names. Long before England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen or ‘KP’ invented the much innovative ‘Switch Hit’ in international cricket, there were others in line too who had started reinventing themselves and heralded the change for others to follow.
Here’s a look back at the finest innovators in cricket and their signature shots that took the world of cricket by storm
1. Sachin Tendulkar- Straight Drive
One can watch Sachin’s straight drive for a hundred times and still not get bored and keep asking for more. That was the beauty of the master’s incompatible stature. The quality of the bowler and the nature of the pitch didn’t really matter when the ‘Little Master’ was on song.
In fact, one classic example of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar being in full flow was when he played the straight drive to perfection. In a fraction of second, the ball would be seen running towards the fence. Even his paddle swipe, upper-cut, cover drives were sublime but the straight drive was special and it’s a shot that has almost become a trademark shot by which fans and cricket experts remember him by.
No one can play the straight drive, as well as Sachin, could. The pure talent that he possessed, he didn’t have to really re-invent himself and try to create a new shot to destroy oppositions- his straight drive was good enough to get the job done.
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