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5 greatest exponents of the cover drive

Here are five legendary batsmen who played the cover drive to perfection.


Damien Martyn
Damien Martyn's cover drive was a delight to watch

With youngsters, who are willing to take up the sport, lured towards big hitting and slogging, modern cricket is often been associated with slam bang approach. Since the advent of T20 cricket, the long-lasting pleasure of watching genuine cricket shots have made way for the cheap thrills of destructive hitting.

Also Read: The cover-drive and it's complexities

The cover drive has to be most pleasing shot in cricket as it involves both hand-eye coordination and definitive footwork. A perfectly executed cover drive would be the most pleasing sight for an ardent fan due to the stroke's class and style. In today's generation of batsmen, Virat Kohli looks the most elegant while playing this shot. Let us take a look at some of the yesteryear legends who perfected the cover drive to the hilt.


#5 Damien Martyn

Damien Martyn was Australia's go-to man in crisis situations as he was blessed with a solid technique and clinical temperament. The right-hander was all class and timing at the crease. He always played textbook shots with perfect poise.

Particularly, Martyn's cover drives were scintillating to watch as he played them with an air of nonchalance. He played an important knock of 88* and put on a match-winning partnership with Ricky Ponting during the 2003 World Cup Final against India. Martyn was one of the pillars of the Australian middle order before eventually retiring in 2007.

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