By Meenal Sinha
The straight drive is one of the most classical shots in a batsman’s repertoire. Batsmen present the full face of the bat as the ball races to the boundary through the offside. This is usually played to an over-pitched delivery on or outside off stump. The straight drive is about timing and placement rather than power. So most of the work is done by the top hand, with the bottom hand lending support.
Watch the ball and get your front foot as close as possible to ball. Make sure your head is positioned over your front knee.
Hit the ball late
It is important to wait for the ball so that contact is underneath your eyes. This is where you have the most power and control.
To get into a balanced position and maintain a still head and eyes through the shot we must bend our front knee. This gives us much more stability through the shot which will allow for better timing and more power.
Some suggestions while playing straight drive are:-
- Looking to hit ball straight back past bowler .
- Quick feet from the batter are essential when getting to the ball.
- When advancing down the wicket, batter must aim to keep head as still as possible, and eyes level.
- Batter needs to be in a still position by the time they make contact, and well balanced.
Playing with a straight bat is very important to decrease the possibility of getting edges. And there is just no parallel sight to a straight drive. Front foot driving, especially the straight drive, is the hallmark of a fine batsman. Six players who play the straight drive to perfection are Sachin Tendulkar (India), Michael Clarke (Australia), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Jacques kallis (South Africa), Rahul Dravid (India) and Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka).