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5 reasons why batsmen play pre-meditated strokes

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Pre-meditated strokes can be disastrous for batsmen, but it could also be the push that an innings needs.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Bears batsman Brendon McCullum prepares to play the scoop shot during the NatWest T20 blast match between Birmingham Bears and Lancashire Lightning at Edgbaston on July 17, 2015 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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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

Glen Maxwell
Taking the aerial route to clear the fielders in the ring

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.

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