How to Improve Your Batting | Tips to Improve Batting Skills in Cricket
The most important aspect of cricket - batting is the primary of the skills that any budding player will have to look into if he wants to make it big in playing cricket.
The competitiveness of the game has pushed even bowlers to improve their batting skills. Improving your batting day-by-day is the only pill that will help and get you in your dream team. Below are some of the thoughts that can make you a better batsman.
Net-Practice and Match-Practice
Undoubtedly, the most important thing here is to keep practicing more and more. Regularly practicing in the nets will lead you in better analyzing your strengths and weaknesses.
"Practice makes a man perfect". And also a woman.
"Repetition is the mother of excellence". And also the father of excellence.
Jokes apart, those two thoughts aptly apply here. More so will help you in gauging your ability to defend and to pick the right balls to play your shots.
Practicing in the nets will improve your defense, reflexes to pick the right shots at the right ball. If you are not the fortunate one's that can afford to get a proper ground with net facility then find some place that is walled from both sides and a promising bowler who is serious to improve his bowling to accompany you. Make him understand that this mutual understanding will benefit both of you.
While practicing in the nets will let you know your strengths and weaknesses, whereas actual match practice will show your ability in reality. Regularly participating in competitive tournaments will make your batting shine and improve your confidence level.
Second thing would be to improve your reflexes by improving your hand-eye coordination. Watching the ball from the start and making your shot selection according to the pitch of the ball is necessary. Also try to get as what the bowler will bowl according the match situation. Try to guess the bowler by his body language.
Practicing yoga and meditation can help in improving your concentration which is the basic for better hand-eye coordination.
Reading the Bowler
This point is in synonymous with improving your hand-eye coordination. Reading the bowler will also help you in getting your shots right. Guess the bowler out. Try to outsmart the bowler by guessing which ball the bowler will bowl next.
Most successful teams give as much time to research the opposition and practice. Often most international teams have analyzers. These people are the one who research the opposition team and suggest counter-techniques. If you don't have such feedback mechanism you yourself can analyze the opposition according to your past experience.
Improve on Your Strength
The best advice at the start of a young players career would be improving on the strength. Like if you are good in playing shots off-side, then try to improve on that. Instead of getting right every shot that is on the book, improve your existing array of shots that you are comfortable with.
Rotate Your Strike
Rotating strike is the most beneficial in any circumstance of a cricket match. If you are not getting your shots then probably rotating the strike and analyzing the situation from the other end might help.
Play Your Natural Game
Play your game naturally, yes, the situation of the game will suggest you to play aggressively or otherwise, but players who play their game naturally without looking at the scoreboard are the one's that are the most successful.
For instance, aggressive players like Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist and many others haven't been drop from their respective teams very often.
Also the same is for players who take some time to settle like Rahul Dravid or Micheal Bevan.
So in a nutshell, net-practice supported with proper match-practice, better hand-eye coordination, reading the bowler, improving on your strength areas, playing naturally, and last but not the least training your mind that you can really better your batting skills.
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