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Three Simple Ways to Slog

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Picture the scene: You are playing a Twenty20 match and it’s the last few overs. The field is set back and the bowler is trying to bowl yorkers. You need to score at nine an over to win.

It’s time to slog.


Or in modern parlance, power hitting.

Whatever you call it, clearing the ropes is even more vital now limited overs formats dominate. Despite what your coach may say, there are times when you just have to give it the long handle.

But it’s not all about closing your eyes and swiping it to cow corner. That's one way to hit a boundary, but there is a method to the madness.

This kind of play is more of a mindset than technique. It doesn’t matter who the batsman is or who the bowler is, when the time is there to slog you have to go for it whether you are an opener or a tail ender.

So, here are some strategies by which you can improve while keeping risk under control.

Look at the field

The fielding team knows you are going to come after them and they will try to contain you. Calculate the field setting and work out the area with least protection. That's where to go with your shot.

Naturally, if you do well, a smart captain will reinforce the field in the area you are constantly hitting, so recalculate the preferred areas of slogging regularly. Look to outsmart the fielding side in the short term by hitting the gaps.

Pick your moment

Slogging is not brainless cricket; getting carried away can cause you to lose your wicket very quickly. So after you have analysed the field and decided which areas you would attack most, wait for your chance.

There is little need for you to play each ball on its merit, but going after every ball would mean that fielding team has more chances of getting you out. If you choose to hit the right ball and decide to let one or two go away, it can prolong your stay at the wicket.

You can alwaysdrop and run those ball in different areas. For example, if you are looking to scoer big over midwicket and the bowler gives you a full ball outside off, dink it to third man for one and prepare for the more suitable delivery.

Get a technique

Big hitting still requires technique. More than closing your eyes and swinging!

Learn to put all your energy in the stroke without losing "shape". Some people learn to backload like the link above while others take a more traditional technical approach. Neither is wrong, it's whatever works for you. A good drill to try different ways is range hitting.

Make sure that follow through is fluent. Lack of momentum in the shot will scoop the ball in the air and you can get caught. You are still trying to time the contact of the ball on the bat with your down swing, even when going over the top.

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One of my slogging methods I picked up from Simon O' Donnell, former Australian all rounder. You back away to leg, giving yourself room and give it hell for leather, hitting straight over the bowler head or mid off area. This is handy to a bowler that is bowling straight at the stumps and trying to cramp you. Any ball that you can get under, smack it. And if you get an edge, it is likely to be a thick one because you are swinging hard and likely to go over the keeper's head or 3rd man area for four.

I have four 20/20 games coming up after the new year, so I may get a chance to employ it.

Preferably a battsmen should always look to slog straight and through the line, it makes middling the ball so easy and any edges generally go for four plus there is never a fielder dead straight

Good advice as a general rule. But also rules are made to be broken and there are times a slog sweep or stepping away and hitting over extra cover are valid tactics.

The batsmas has to first decide what is his hitting zone. For example Yusuf Pathan will hit anything that is pitched up often in the V. That is his hitting zone. He avoids playing risky shots on short balls on to the body and is not at all comfortable with anything that is rapid. Even though he is a very limited player (with regards to the range of shots) he is making the maximum out of what he has. The last India- South Africa match was a good example were even Smith had a few nice words to say about Pathan's batting /slogging.

To find out one's hitting zone, one has to analyse the following:
What shots one can play?
Is he comfortable hitting a medium pacer or a slow bowler?
What length and line of the ball he finds easier to hit?

Once the batsman sorts out his game and has found the most profitable shots, he has to practise it repeatedly. While batting one should look for the following too:

Which part of the boundary is unguarded or the least guarded?
Which boundaries are shorter? (Not all club grounds are perfect ovals as we all know)
Which bowler is easier to hit and how many overs he has left and what stage the game is in?

The more relaxed the body and mind are, the better the timing will be. A cool calulated mind is every bit as necesary as great cricketing skill. Remember to catch your breath even in the heat of the battle. Its all about percentages even while slogging.

Now its time to use the long handle and hope lady luck smiles on you Smiling

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