How to Play Various Shots in Cricket

by Siraj

Six Methods:

  • Knowing the shots
  • Batting skills
  • Block
  • Switch hit
  • Reverse sweep
  • Beating the ball

This article is a how-to of the various types of shots in cricket. These are just the basic shots; there are more complex shots to learn once you have progressed from these ones.

Method 1 of 6: Knowing the shots


There are many shots in cricket like:

  • Cover-drive: This is hit on the offside not with power but with sheer excellence, so this shot requires a lot of practice.
  • Straight drive : This shot is also somewhat like the Cover drive but it is hit straight back to the bowler. It can be hit either in the air or on the ground.
  • Leg glance: This shot is hit on the leg side with some medium power but most of the power has to come from the wrist because we have to twist our wrist while playing this shot.
  • Pull shot: This requires the movement of the hips and a lot of power and this can send the ball far in the air towards the leg side with a horizontal bat.
  • Cut shot: This shot hits the ball to the off side with a horizontal bat.
  • Defence: This is not a shot it is just a touch because we don't really use this shot for hitting it is just for staying at the crease. You have to look at the ball carefully and then block it from hitting the wickets.
  • Forward Defence: this shot has to be played by taking a long step forward, the batsman should block the ball with a forward defensive shot.
  • Backward Defence: This shot has to be played by moving back on your back leg and waiting for the ball and then pushing the ball down on the ground.
  • Hook Shot: This shot is similar to the pull shot however it is when the ball is about head height. It is a horizontal shot heading towards the leg side.

Method 2 of 6: Batting skills

Given the goals of batting, a good batsman must possess good hand-eye coordination, reflexes, strength, running speed, sound judgment, and of course knowledge of cricket rules and an understanding of cricket strategy and tactics. These are the basic skills for batting:


Prevent the ball from hitting the wicket (which would result in the batsman being out).


Avoid being hit in the legs by the ball in front of the wicket(which may result in the batsman being out by leg before wicket).


Avoid giving catches to any fielders on the field (which would result in the batsman being caught out).


Avoid edging the ball to the wicket-keeper (which would result in the batsman being caught behind)


Avoid being hit by the ball in a way that might cause injury.


Hit the ball with the bat with precise placement, timing, and strength to avoid the fielders on the field.


Judge when it is safe to take a run, and take the run.


When you hit the ball try and hit it in the centre of the bat. This will give the most power as it is the thickest part of the cricket bat.

Method 3 of 6: Block


A block shot is usually a purely defensive shot designed to interpose the bat in front of the wicket so as to prevent the ball from hitting the wickets. It can also be used to keep the ball near the wicket or to move the ball into a gap in close-in fieldsman, so that the wicket-keeper, bowler and fieldsmen can field the ball and attempt a run-out before the batsman can run a quick single. This shot has no strength behind it, usually played with a "soft" bottom-hand grip and merely prevents the ball moving towards the wicket. A block played on the front foot is known as a forward defensive, and a block played on the back foot is known as a backward defensive.

Method 4 of 6: Switch hit


A switch hit is shot discovered by Kevin Pietersen in 2008, and only used once, by Pietersen himself. In this shot, a batsman changes his handedness and posture to adopt a stance the mirror image of his traditional handedness while the bowler is running in to bowl. As a fielding team cannot change the placing of fielders while the bowler is in his run-up, the fielding side is effectively wrong-footed with the fielders out of position. This shot' legality was confirmed by the ICC in 2008.The shot is risky because a batsman is less proficient in the other handedness and is more likely to make a mistake in the execution of his shot.

Method 5 of 6: Reverse sweep

This is usually played against over pitched deliveries.


Stand on a balanced back foot. Place the front foot up to the toes (padded portion) vertical or upright.


Hold the bat horizontally close to the pitch by the phase [Ed: ?] of the bat in an opposite manner.


Move the bat to the offside so that the ball is struck the instant it touches the ground.

Method 6 of 6: Beating the ball


Keep your eyes on the ball. Watching the progress of the ball is important, as it will help you to determine when and where to hit it.


Beat the ball smoothly so that the ball does not become edged. Beat the ball with a great deal of energy.


Hit the ball to a place where is no fielder.


Practice doing this shot again and again. Eventually you will find it much easier to do.

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