10 Best Innovative Shots- As a sport, cricket has evolved over the years and can be seen in terms of changing the duration of the game with rules. This change not only gave rise to many innovative strategies but also forced the batsmen to think differently and execute shots, which were precise some time ago. We bring you some of the best innovative cricket shots ever played.
Top 10 Best Innovative Shots In Cricket History
10. Periscope :
The periscope was invented by bangladeshi batsman Soumya Sarkar, Bangladesh’s answer to Virat Kohli. The man who has changed Bangladesh’s batting style plays this shot to counter bouncers.
He simply looks away and holds his bat in the air, Doug Walter style. The ball clips the bat on the way to short fine leg, narrowly missing the helmet and results in 4 runs being added to his account. One of the cheekiest shots.
9. Inside out :
This shot is the toughest of all the innovative cricket shots in the world. Pure skills and class ID are required to play this shot to perfection. This shot is played well by Asian batsmen to play many spinners in domestic cricket.
In this stroke the batsman runs down and makes room to hit the ball in the cover area. Bats like Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara, Hashim Amla, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, like this stroke.
8. Reverse scoop :
This is one of the many innovative cricket shots in the kitty of AB de Villiers with which he hits a six over the wicket keepers head. This isn’t like a scoop, upper cut, top edge or any known shots. He moves 2-4 times before the bowler delivers the ball and still finds himself in an awesome position to hit it over the wicketkeeper’s head or over sweeper cover. De villiers is one storehouse of innovation and often loses his balance while playing this shot.
7. Upper Cut :
This shot was first played in a Test by Sehwag’s opening partner in limited overs cricket: One Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Sachin used the shot to tackle the bounce of Makhaya Ntini and Nantie Hayward.
Both Sachin and Sehwag scored centuries in the first innings of this Test, and the upper cut was widely used by both batsmen in the Indian Premier League.
In the T20 era, almost every batsman has this shot in their arsenal.
6.The Marillier Shot :
The inventor of this shot is Zimbabwean batsman Dougie Marillier. In this the bat is used as a ramp to flick a ball backwards over the batsman’s shoulder for a boundary. It is a rare, risky and unorthodox shot but when successfully used can be frustrating for the bowlers. The main difference between Dilscoop and Marillier shot is that, in the former, the ball travels over the head of wicketkeeper while in latter ball moves toward the fine leg region.
5. Paddle Sweep :
Cricket fans will remember Sachin playing this shot to counter Shane Warne in the 1998 ODI tri-series at Sharjah.
In the T20 era, many batsmen have tried this shot to take advantage of gaps near fine-leg.
Gautam Gambhir, another good player of spin, also mastered this stroke and plays it regularly in the IPL.
Most batsmen now have the paddle sweep in their batting repertoire, making life more difficult for the fielding captain.
4. Reverse Sweep :
A reverse sweep is a cross-batted sweep shot played in the opposite direction to the standard sweep depending whether the batsman is right or left handed, thus instead of sweeping the ball to the leg side, it is swept to the off side, towards backward point or third man. To make it easy to execute, the batsmen may sometimes swap their hands on the bat handle.
The batsman may also bring his back foot to the front therefore making it more like a traditional sweep. The advantage of a reverse sweep is that it effectively reverses the fielding positions and thus is very difficult to set a field for. The shot was invented by former Pakistani batsman Haneef Mohammad.
3. Switch hit :
While it may look similar to the reverse sweep, in this shot the batsman purposely plays the ball in the air by switching from his usual stance.
The shot had initially generated debate in the cricket world, some heralding it as an outstanding display of skill and others arguing that if the batsman changes stance he gains an unfair advantage over the bowler.
Since the ICC declared it legitimate in 2012, we have seen Warner punish bowlers by using his strong fore-arms.
2. Dilscoop :
Dilscoop was invented by Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and fittingly the shot is named after him as well. The stroke is played by going on one knee to a good length or slightly short of length delivery off a fast or medium paced bowler and ‘scooping’ the ball over the head of the wicket keeper.
The ball is destined to travel straight towards the boundary behind the wicket keeper. Dilshan has used this shot effectively in the powerplays where only 2 or 3 fielders are allowed outside the 30 yard circle.
1. Helicopter :
The numero uno position for the most innovative cricket shots is held by the helicopter shot invented by Indian captain M.S. Dhoni.
By playing this shot, boundaries can be scored even off the Yorkers. It is in essence a wristy whip shot, but uses a great deal of bottom hand and has a more pronounced bat swing after the shot is played. The quick rotation of the blade in the follow through explains the name “Helicopter”.
Once Dhoni said that he started playing helicopter shot during his childhood when he played with tennis ball. Even he himself admitted that the shot is not easy to play and due to the wrongly implemented helicopter shot, the toe injury can be caused, because the speed of batting during shots is very high.
It explains why many other batsmen have not mastered the shot. Although there are not many players who have mastered the helicopter shot, there are some who like to copy. One such player is Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad.
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