10 Indian players who played the pull shot expertly

Australia v India: 3rd Test - Day 3
MS Dhoni is one of the best players of the pull shot
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It is often said that Indian batsmen are not the best players of the short ball and more often than not, it is perhaps true. The absence of express fast bowlers in the domestic cricket and the slower pitches are factors that come into play here.

As a result, for many years, Indian batsmen struggled against the short ball in foreign shores and the pull shot (and the hook), often used to counter short pitches bowling, was hardly a weapon that Indian batsmen used too often.

That said, over the last two and a half decades, Indian batsmen have become far better players against fast, short-pitched bowling and plenty of batsmen have emerged who played the pull shot expertly. Here is a look at 10 Indian batsmen who were as good as anyone in the world as far as playing the pull shot is concerned.

10 MS Dhoni

India's legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is perhaps not the most technically correct batsman who has ever played for India but in his own way he is effective and has scored runs all over the world.

Some of his attacking strokes, like the helicopter shot, have a cult following but what often gets ignored is that Dhoni is also an excellent player of the pull shot and has played it expertly for as long as anyone can remember.

His quick eye, excellent reflexes, and a strong bottom hand has helped him in playing the shot perfectly against the fastest bowlers in the world.

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Edited by Anuradha Santhanam
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