‘Either straight or across the pads.’: Gavaskar on batting

Sunil Bowler

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy has just got heated up. As the Aussies won the third test by nine wickets. The series scorecard is 2-1 in the favor of India. Lyon is the pick of the bowler for the Australian team. The Indore pitch was rated ‘poor’ for its pitch. Gavaskar shares his tips on how to bat on difficult pitches like the Indore. He shares everything with the details which would be great to listen for Aspiring cricketers.

Gavaskar’s words

“The top hand guides the bat and the bottom hand decides the speed. So if you want to dead bat then the bottom hand has to have the slightest of holds on the handle. The top hand will bring the bat down as you want it, either straight or across the pads,”

“Javed Miandad is standing at silly point ready to take anything. A grip where you hold the bat a little bit higher is a big plus on such pitches. When you drive, you are more likely not to hit it in the air. When you are defending, you slide the bottom hand a little bit down towards the shoulder of the bat – particularly when defending off the back foot, you are making sure the ball doesn’t jump up,”

The former batsman further added,

“Just like a great wicketkeeper who gets up with the bounce, a batsman, if he crouches just a little bit – not too low – where his head is more in line with the delivery angle, he would get to know which one to play. How far to go forward or is it better to go on the backfoot. Standing upright does not give that advantage on turners. They would be able to meet the deviation and bounce better if you crouch a little like a ’keeper’,”

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