Cricket is a game of uncertainties. Even the very best can fall from grace without them knowing the reason behind the debacle. For experts, cricket is all about getting to the pitch of the ball and playing it on its merit. However, even the most small things matter when you are playing at the national and the international level. Every budding batsman aspires to be like Tendulkar one day. But, to reach the same heights as him; it requires relentless hardwork, perfect practice and nerves of steel. You must get every basic right in your game. Once you have the 22-yards in front of you, face googlies and bouncers coming from the best fingers in the world. These tips for budding Tendulkars will surely help them to understand the game in a precise manner.
6. Hand-eye coordination:
One of the first things you learn from your batting coach is about getting your hand-eye coordination in order. It’s important to track a ball at some length (much better if you can read the cherry coming out of bowler’s hand) and position for a shot accordingly. There are numerous names in cricketing history, especially those coming from the sub-continent, who could hit brilliant cover drives without even moving a foot. However, it doesn’t mean cutting down on your footwork. Without his expertise in the hand-eye coordination, great batsman like Tendulkar wouldn’t have reached this far.
5. No shot away from the body:
It’s always tempting to hit a rising delivery pitched outside the off stump through the covers. However, it can easily become a cause for your dismissal too. Most captains set up a field without covers and ask their bowlers to pitch in the corridor so as to entice a batsman in playing wrong shot, edging the one to the slips. The habit of playing away from the body may work out for the most in the sub-continent tracks where pitches lack bounce. But, on a pitch as bouncy as the one at Perth, the times can get challenging for you.
4. Play with spin:
One of Tendulkar’s greatests strengths lies in playing against spin bowlers. He played with a still head, coming on the top of the ball and driving through the line. He rarely played against the spin especially when playing against the likes of spin wizards such as Muralitharan and Warne. With the advent of twenty-twenty cricket, youngsters are taking to playing against the spin to score against every ball, thus denting their batting technique.
3. A Straight Bat:
Avid followers of Sachin would know about his liking for straight bat shots. Not only him, but other batting maestros such as Sunil Gavaskar always presented a straight face of the bat to the approaching ball. A shot played with a straight bat is not only considered more secure, but rarely lets you miss time of delivery. A person, who bats with a bit higher back-lift, is always at an advantage. It also helps in coming on the ball with a lot more force. However, young batsmen, playing with a tennis ball develop wrong technique in their formative years and hit the ball with a vertical bat.
2. Avoid Slogging:
Since, one day and twenty-twenty cricketing format took over the world cricket; many budding cricketers have lost the meaning of using right batting technique. When blind slogging can fetch fours and sixers, why should one bother about making the right contact with the ball? However, you must avoid slogging if want to enter the same league as the little master. It’s a misconception that only slogging can earn your lofty sixes as it’s all about picking the right ball and hitting it in the right direction.
1. Hardwork Has No Substitute:
Ultimately, it’s about working as hard as possible as hardwork has no substitute. You must practice all the shots in the book on a regular basis. A batsman should not look rusty when he arrives on the crease to bat. His aim should be to answer each ball from the bowler with a unique batting shot. It’s not practice that makes man perfect, but ‘perfect’ practice is what makes one perfect.