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5 batsmen with the most unusual batting stance

Cricketers who have an unconventional approach towards their batting.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul had a memorable career despite his weird stance (Image Credit: ESPNCricinfo)

When talking about a batsman’s technique, his stance is considered to be one of the primary aspects. Sometimes, a slight change in stance can completely change the way a batsman is performing and there are several instances in the game’s history that prove this fact.

Although budding cricketers are mostly advised by their coaches to use a conventional stance, there are numerous cases of batsmen achieving plenty of success despite having an unusual batting stance. Over the years, the game of cricket has seen some really strange batting stances which range from standing in front of the stumps to holding the bat in baseball fashion.

Here are some of the strangest batting stances in recent years:

5. Hashim Amla (South Africa)

Hashim Amla prepares to face a delivery during an ODI

South Africa’s Hashim Amla is one of the most prolific batsmen in the world at present and has been scoring heaps of runs over the past few years. Amla's success across all three formats of the game has been quite phenomenal and puts him on track to become a legendary figure in his country’s cricket.

The bearded Proteas genius is also known for his unconventional technique, particularly his unique batting stance. Amla has quite a high backlift and his bat is often found angling in the direction of the gully fielder as he prepares for the ball to come to him.

While Hashim Amla’s stance makes it easier for him to play on both sides of the wicket, it also puts him in trouble against deliveries dart in sharply after pitching. Nonetheless, his tremendous success with the bat nullifies any requirement for him to revisit his stance.

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