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5 greatest players of the hook/pull shot

S Samaddar
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4 Jacques Kallis


Jacques Kallis

He is often regarded as the greatest all-rounder to have ever played the game. In addition to that, Jacques Kallis remains one of the finest batsmen in the history of cricket. His superb technique, the hunger for runs, and the strive for excellence in a career that lasted around 19 years (1995-2014) remains almost unparalleled.

While he had almost all the shots in the book and could play most of them in a near-perfect manner, he was a particularly superb player of the pull shot. His first instinct might have been to shoulder arms or sway out of the line, but when he realised that the ball was there to be hit, he did not let it go.

He was not a particularly compulsive hooker of the ball, but what made his pull shot particularly effective was that he rolled his wrists when he played the shot and kept it down. There was hardly any chance of the ball being in the air for too long.

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