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10 best exponents of the cut shot in cricket history

S Samaddar
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Sri Lanka v India - Commonwealth Bank Series
Sachin Tendulkar is considered one of the best exponents of cricket's cut shot

The on drive, the cover drive or the straight drive are cricketing shots that are often likened to works of art when they are played perfectly. Now, one will never come across any commentator or cricket writer describing the cut shot in those terms.

The cut shot is in a league of its own in that regard since it has a bit of savagery about it and more often than not, it can have a demoralising effect on the opposition. Identifying the length early and then hammering the ball on the top of its bounce is an exhilarating sight if executed well.

Throughout cricket history, plenty of batsmen have played the shot with varying degrees of success but this list looks at the 10 of the best exponents of the shot.

10 Tillakaratne Dilshan


Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan had been one of the national team’s mainstays for a long time and is particularly well known for his exploits as a limited overs batsman.

Although it is the ‘Dilscoop’ that has made him famous, he was also a savage cutter of the ball and more often than not the delivery did not even have to be particularly short.

He had such quick feet and eyes, that he could even cut a good length delivery over point for four. It was the ability to cut good length balls that made him such an accomplished cutter. 

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