Have you ever wondered how you can turn a slump in form into feeling on top of the world in one ball?
I don't have many 'pet-hates' but remarkably my biggest one concerns a cricket shot that gets warm applause when executed well
I hate this shot with a passion!
What is it? Read on.
This is a guest article from Waqas Zafar: video analyst, cricket enthusiast and computer scienctist based in Lahore. Read more of his work by clicking here.
Here's an example of some of the help an analyst can give to cricketers when they have access to the right information.
Ask most people about opening the batting and they will tell you about batsmen who can block. Occasionally you get a big hitter. But, what really makes a good opening batsman?
When a player moves slightly legside and eases the ball over extra cover for four or six it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It looks great.
But it's often messed up through ignorance. So let's put that right.
International players and coached these days are always going on about how they “performed as a unit” – fielded, batted, bowled.
Lurking in the depths of this moribund press talk is a grain of truth we can use at any level.
One of the worst things I can hear at cricket training is the dreaded phrase "I just want to hit balls".
Why is this so bad?
Are you driven enough to be consistent batsmen?
I received a cry for help on Facebook the other night from a dear friend of mine who plays village cricket in the heart of Somerset.
Rotating the strike is the most unglamorous and under-appreciated skill in batting. You know you need to improve it but you never work on it. How do you solve the problem?