They look outrageously ugly to the naked eyes and aren’t considered as copy-book cricket. At times the shots come off and on numerous times they don’t. They aren’t classified as calculated strokes either.
The above preamble is nothing but a minor, yet descriptive depiction of the pre-meditated strokes manufactured by batsmen.
A batsman’s mind is pre-occupied with the shots to be played irrespective of the merit of the delivery. The shots either look ambitious when successfully executed or batsmen make a meal of the delivery to dig a hole for themselves.
As we move along, we take an insight into the reasons for engineering such strokes.
#1 When piercing the gaps becomes difficult
More than pre-meditated strokes, they can be categorised into forced shots. It’s attempted at a time when batsmen find no other option to thread the gaps. It’s a release stroke to break the shackles of a barrage of low scoring or dot deliveries.
A batsman prefers the off-side for gathering runs and the opposition captain packs the region from mid-off to point with four fielders. He also positions an additional fielder at deep extra-cover to prevent the boundary.
The batsman strains every muscle to get the ball past the fielders inside the 30-yard circle and even if he gets it past the fielder, the boundary is cut off by the sweeper in the deep. This is where pre-meditated shots come in.
The batsman, as a result, decides to hammer the ball on the leg side irrespective of the nature of the delivery.