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4 Simple ways to get your batting strike rate up to 130 (or more)

Today we are delighted to introduce a new guest writer to miCricketCoach. Ben Baruch is a 13 year old cricketer from Buckinghamshire in England. He has played district level cricket. Today he gives his views on how to improve your strike rate, something very important for all young players looking to make an impression.

Everyone can whack get 8 off 3 balls, but is that really useful to anyone? To play a very useful innings, you must not only score in quality, but in quantity.

Most cricketers dream of scoring as quickly as the pros, but use lack of talent as an excuse. However, talent is not as simple as it may seem. Scoring slowly is not a technical fault in most cases, but a mental one.

Here are my tips to overcome both the technical and mental side of fast scoring.

1. Get a solid technique

Yeah, I know. You’ve probably heard this so many times before but what does this practically mean?

  • First, you can’t score runs in the pavilion. You have to be able to keep the good balls out. That means being able to stop the deliveries that you cannot hit for runs. These are normally the balls that are hitting the top of off stump. It also means that you can keep out yorkers. This doesn’t require very much technique, but is essential to staying in.
  • Once you can stay in, you can start to play some shots. If you want to be most effective, but least dangerous, then I suggest learning straight and off drives, as the on drive is very hard to play, the leg glance, flick through the on side, pull, hook, cut, and to the spinner, the sweep. Most batsmen try to score runs with just a couple of shots, which can be successful, but easy to defend against.
  • Another good way to learn about aspects of batting is to watch the professionals play on television, or even better live at a ground. You can also get very good coaching books or join PitchVision Academy.

A solid technique means that not only can you score almost risk-free runs, but also you can prevent ways of getting out that now means you can stay in for as long as you want, theoretically.

2. Do the maths

It may sound ludicrous when I say it like this, but when the pressure gets to you, your mind seems to tell you that to get a strike rate off 130, you need fours every ball.

This is pretty much down to panicking.

Once you are experienced, this will not affect you at all, but unless you have played many games and scored lots of runs, this will not affect you. But every century starts with the first ball, and every experienced player had his first game.

If you’re panicking, take a step back and think about it. If you edge the first ball of the over for four and leave all the other balls in the over while you are getting your eye in, you will still have a strike rate of nearly 70, and you are now seeing the ball very well. You don't have to hit out again at all in the over.

If you now see the ball better and hit a couple of bad balls for four, your strike rate has rocketed up and you haven’t even played a shot in anger.

What if you have been batting a long time and have played out a few dots?We all have at sometime.

Do not panic. If you are near the end of the innings and you have wickets in hand, you can deliberately try and hit the ball harder past the fielder or go over the top. There is no slow scoring that a few boundaries will not recover.

Another tactic is ff one batsman is struggling, but the other is on form or has their eye in. The more comfortable batsman can score more quickly and relieve pressure from the struggling batsman. Batting is not individual, but in partnerships.

3. Improve your running

When you start your innings and your eye is not in, runs will not come to you the way they seem to when you are well placed and in. So instead you have to create the runs yourself. This means creating singles by manoeuvring the ball.

This is playing the shot into the gap in the field. The key to this is to look for the gaps in the field before the ball is bowled. Look for the gaps and try to hit them, instead of looking for the fielders and trying to miss them.

If you push the ball to a fielder who isn’t concentrating, there is often a quick single. There may also be singles if you hit the ball slightly to the side of a fielder or to his wrong hand, or if the fielder is standing quite deep. Very few club cricketers are prepared to take on a fielder’s throw, but doing so could add 10-20 runs to score.

If you hit the ball into the outfield, and you have taken a single and the fielder has nearly got the ball, guess how much time it will take for him to get the ball to the wicket and judge if you could take another run.

By taking singles regularly and keeping the score ticking over, you can keep your strike rate at 100 and the twos, threes and fours will take it towards 150.

When you played hit and run at school, most people only think of it as a way to let everybody bat. On the contrary, using the hit and run technique a great way to score quickly without trying.

4. Learn from the best

When I asked Graeme Hick for his best twenty20 tip, he said, “Never play out a maiden.”

Maidens build up pressure and pressure leads to wickets. When faced with a few dot ball, you can always go back to tip and run.

Once you are in, you must look to dominate the bowler. Domination means you play so well or are attacking so much, there is nowhere he can bowl dots. This can get the bowler demoralised and they will start to bang the ball in or over pitch the ball. When this happens, just relax and give it what it deserves. You’ll find runs come in no time.

Kevin Pietersen said that he always tries to dominate the bowling once he got to 10.

Most importantly: Watch the ball. I know you’ve heard it before but when it comes to playing, batsmen start to worry about various things. Whether it's your grip, stance or anything else, it will lead you to stop watching the ball. Just think to yourself “Watch the Ball”, over and over again.

When you are playing well, you will be watching the ball naturally and everything else will follow. After all, to score runs you have to hit the ball, and to hit the ball you have to be watching it like a hawk.


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Thanks heaps for all the tips. you really think like someone much more mature than an average 13 year old.

I find trouble at the very beginning of the innings. I play very tentatively and I am scared to take that quick single to get off the mark in case I get run out. I end up getting out soon after trying to hit it hard to get off the mark.

How do you get the confidence to play attackingly right from the start?

It's a cliche I know, but if you can play one ball at a time you will be golden.

Two things.
1) You are probably not backing yourself to score. Just believe that you can score and play well. However, only you can work out how in your head.
2) Play with a smile on your face. If you are tense and nervious, you will not be happy and your mind will freeze in the situation. If you play in nets and just get used to smashing the ball, you will learn to be happier when you bat and you will play better. That is also a great confidence boost.

Thanks heaps for the tips guys. I tried that with my leg spin bowling recently and it did wonders for my overall reliability.

Thanks again!

And just a comment about cliches:
Just because it is a cliche does not mean it is not worth considering! In fact, it has probably become a cliche because it actually works! Maybe a bit "old school", but no point in re-inventing the wheel!

Your welcome. Thanks for the compliment

Hi Guys, I just wanted to follow up on the result of following the above tips. I previously posted as 'Srini'.

After scoring a series of ducks (7 of them), I opened last night because we only had 6 guys to bat and I have a good defense. I managed to eke out 7 off about 20. my timing wasnt consistent, but my running between wickets was great (quicker than I expected, in fact) and i got the gaps most of the time.

Later my partner (new to the crease) came up to me and said that the new bowler was really dodgy and I could have a go (one day game). I was dumb enough to change my mindset from play each ball, look for 1's and 2's to 'Slog this guy, he sucks'. I ended up getting caught (spectacular catch) at point trying to cut it over the infield for 4.

Guess that shows what concentration and a lack of it can do.

I've got 2 more chances to train until the next game (2 day game), so hopefully chase and I will get 1 more chance. But I'm going to get some quick throw downs and hopefully i can build up to get that strike rate up.

Thanks again for all the help to improve my batting. it was mostly successful except for a short lapse of concentration.

Thanks again (sorry for the length of the post)

Well done, keep going.

The advice to look for gaps rather than for the fielder is an important concept while batting. Also young cricketers should always remember that to hit a four or a six one need not use too much of muscle power. Good timing is all about fluency of the movement and relaxed muscles.

Where i play in Canada: cricket is not so popular, so we don't have good pitches and are really slow outfields so you basically have to hit the ball in the air to get a boundary and sometimes even to take a single. it is really hard to score runs for me as a youngstar because when i go out there batting i know i can't hit many boundaries or even take singles.
what should i do in 2020 match on certain pitches

hi guys, m a 13 year old boy and i play cricket in india i usually face problems during the middle period of my innings when the ball gets old and it dosen't travels as much as the new ball does.during that period many slow bowlers come on for bowling and most of them bowl a very good line and length they dont even give a single loose ball to the batsman and as m a 13 year old i don't have much power to hit the ball over the fielder when ever i try to place the ball in gaps it never happens ultimately i will play a dot ball which increases pressure and i get out.i really feel sad when i see the score board and my scores will be some 18 runs for 56 balls.help me out plzzzzzzzzz