Role of Hands
Before we proceed to learn batting techniques, it is very important that we know what role the hands play in batting correctly. You must have heard coaches and senior players telling youngsters to use the top hand to keep the ball down while driving off the front foot.
The top hand, or the left hand for right handed batsmen, plays the role of the guide and helps the bat move in a groove. It guides the bat in the back-lift and moves it straight in the down swing.
The bottom Hand, or the right hand for the right handed batsmen, helps apply power to the shot. At the time of impact, the bottom hand takes over and power is applied with it.
Do you know why most young batsmen use the bottom hand to drive rather than the top hand?
a) The right hand of most cricketers is stronger than their left hand, and it is a human tendency to trust something that is stronger. The right hand is thus preferred to the left hand.
b) Most young cricketers are also not strong enough to use heavy bats and thus get into the bad habit of using the stronger right hand to compensate for the lack of strength in the left hand. They tend to use right hand for the back-lift as well as for the down swing.
c) Also, in their enthusiasm to hit the ball hard, youngsters who have a low back-lift due to the bat being heavy, use the right hand for deriving power. In order to use the top hand for driving, it is necessary that you work on strengthening that hand during the off season and also consciously work on using the top hand to drive in the nets, and using the right hand only just before the impact.
Tip of the day
Strengthening the hand during the off season and also consciously work on using the top hand to drive in the nets, and using the right hand only just before the impact.