Cricket Batting Tips: Stance, Balance And Batswing

by Dinesh.S

Sachin Tendulkar: Batting Stance - Simplicity

Sachin Tendulkar: Batting Stance - Simplicity

Hello Sir,

This is Dinesh from Chennai, I am a batsman playing first division cricket in Chennai. It's great reading your site. I do have some batting questions for you !

* My initial movement when batting does not have the trigger movement. I only tap the bat while the bowlers load as my preparation, but at that time my head falls to the off side.

* My strong points are that I can play shots in the cover region easily, however I am not able to play my on drives !!

** At the same time to bring my bat close to the body my bat comes from leg stump.

What drills can I do to stop my head from falling over to the off side and to bring my bat close to the body from first slip ?

With regards

Hi Dinesh,

You can take a leaf out of Sachin's book with his batting stance, looking at balance, set up and hand position.

Drill 1. Set Up in crease ... at nets and when doing shadow batting, tilt your chin down slightly and in to your left shoulder ( as a right hand batter).

Practice this, take your time in the nets between balls, set your stance ... set your chin down and in slightly to your shoulder and keep your head and body still when watching the bowler run in. Sachin is a good model of this.

Each ball, repeat this until it happens on automatic. Graeme Smith is excellent at this, he takes his time in his 'between ball' routine, locks his head in position and sets his focus.

Focus: As the bowler gets closer and into his load, switch your focus on full, look at the seam on the ball. Still head means good information, which means good judgement.

Drill 2. Stance - Bat Position.

Bradman Drill: Find a line on the floor, a line of tiles or floor boards and practice swinging the bat down and through, following the straight line, holding the face of the blade all the way through the imaginary ball.

Weight forward and allowing the hands to naturally check the shot or flow through into a full drive.

Drill 3.

Sachin also taps his bat, practice playing shadow drives, make sure you can feel the inside of your right forearm brushing against your shirt on front and back foot drives. This means your hands are close to your body.

Practice this in front of a mirror so you can see and feel it together, watch the flow of your bat coming through in a straight line.

Do this with throw downs with a partner or coach ... taking up the intensity and speed ... over time this will become part of your game.

In game time forget about it and just watch the ball.

Best wishes Coach

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Jul 27, 2015
bating problem NEW
by: akashlatif

M aik batsman hon right arm liken mere problem hi keh jis jhaga aik short lg jay mera bat sirf wahie pa gomata hi dosre jhaga ki ball ko bhe wahie pa LA jata hon ya tou short puri ni hoti ya phir short lagti hi ni agr pheli short lg side pa lagi hi tou bowler agr off stump pa ball kry ga tou ma agay ja or leg side pa short marny ki koshish kro gaaa

Jul 24, 2015
Balance NEW
by: Anonymous

Dear sir

ist off all i want to say tha i doesn't feal comfortable with my stance(keep changing) and my main question is now i have started playing after a month gap
when i play my back leg(right hand batsman) does not stay on pitch so ple tell me a drill which remove my this problem
hope you understand mu problem
thnx u :-)

Aug 31, 2014
Cricket Batting Tips - Stance and Balance
by: irfan Ali

hi sir
this is irfan ali frm srinagar,
i have some absence in my stance iam right hand I cant able to stop my right leg from shuffling towards off stump that disturbs my balance ...inswinging deliveries that pitch outside off stump always makes problem for me
your affectionate.
Irfan ali

Hi Irfan, try to stand as sideways on as possible and keep your head still so you can watch the ball properly. This will help you to judge the flight and speed of the ball to get into the right position for the shot.

Your bat will also be able to swing down through a straight line when you play a straight bat shot.

Practice hitting a lot of straight drives to train your self to keep good balance.

kind regards Coach Pybus

Oct 09, 2012
Batting Flaws
by: Datrim Ray

Hi there i am Datrim frm Pune.It's great reading ur site bt i have got a few core issues.I have an open stance and i can play any ball angling down the leg side but the i struggle 2 play dries(off drive straight drive etc.) and i come around the line off the ball and get bowled thru the gate or sumtimes miss it.Can u give e some suggestions please??

Hi Datrim, see the answer above.

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