Whattashot: The strokes that took the breath away at Eden Park
By: Express News Service |

Updated: January 25, 2020 10:03:21 am


KL Rahul utilizing the tempo of Kiwi bowler to hit the ball a great distance (Hotstar screengrab)

The swat-six (18.1)
Required fee: 12 off 18 balls
This one from Shreyas Iyer had Virat Kohli hyper-excited. Iyer simply backed away and flat-batted a back-of-length Tim Southee ball over long-off. When a batsman backs away, he often targets both the extra-cover (when it’s full) or sq. (when quick). But to hit over long-off requires a variety of components to sync completely, like the energy behind the shot, the perfection in placement and past it a versatile thoughts. For, Southee was sharp sufficient to detect Iyer’s plan and adopted him with a back-of-length ball at his physique. But Iyer was sharper in adjusting and cleared the front-leg (it was past the wide-marker), so that he may get a variety of energy behind the shot, and he ended virtually out of the turf in his follow-through. Iyer confirmed that one may premeditate a shot, with out overtly committing to it.

Shreyas Iyer hits Tim Southee for a most (Hotstar screengrab)

The shuffle flick (17.2)
Required fee: 25 off 17
A basic occasion of Iyer’s instinct. As quickly as medium-pacer Hamish Bennett began coming round the wicket, Iyer second-guessed his intentions, that he would goal the center and leg stump with full deliveries. So he started shuffling throughout as the bowler was in his supply stride and choose him on the leg-side. The first ball, on off-stump, was twirled previous fine-leg. The subsequent, he knew, could be on the middle-stump. So he shuffled throughout even wider, bought deeper in the crease so that he may get below the ball and convert the low full-toss right into a extra productive half-volley, and flicked the ball, pitched on off-stump, between long-on and mid-wicket. He was additionally front-on than sideways in his stance, because it opened up an even bigger scoring arc on the legs.

Shreyas Iyer utilizing his wrists in opposition to debutant Hamish Bennett (Hotstar screengrab)

The virtually Dhoni pull (16.1)
Required fee: 38 off 23
A bit MS Dhoni-like in deliverance. Iyer moved throughout a fraction, coated the line and hopped at the level of influence like the former Indian captain when he would pull and glided it over high quality leg. The finesse of the quick was exceptional, as was the daring as a result of even slight misjudgement could make the batsman look totally foolish. The most exceptional facet of the shot was quick his sized up the size of the ball, coming at round 140kmph, and moved right into a place that would allow him to unfurl the pull. Once he was in his place, he was nonetheless at the crease, ready for the ball than reaching for it. Had he stayed the place he was at the crease, it may have come awkwardly into his physique, denying him the width to play the pull.

Shreyas Iyer performs a pull shot for six in Auckland T20I (Hotstar screengrab)

Wristy Rahul (4.5)
Required fee: 157 off 92
KL Rahul’s leg-side mastery is commonly misplaced in his off-side experience. You discover his masterful cowl drives and lofted pictures over extra-cover. But the flicked-six off Blair Tickner would attest to his vary of mind-boggling leg-side strokes. He left no hints of flicking the specific supply, simply pressed ahead, as if he’s aspiring to defend it, earlier than at the precise level of contact he twirled the bat, guiding the ball over sq. leg. The batswing was non-existent, the bat got here down straight and never diagonally as when batsmen flick. Resultantly, there wasn’t a lot of a follow-through both. It was like a short-arm flick. If you freeze his follow-up body, you’d assume he had performed a delicate on-drive.

KL Rahul utilizing the tempo of Kiwi bowler to hit the ball a great distance (Hotstar screengrab)

Kohli, straight and candy (3.1)
Required fee: 173 off 102 balls
The Indian skipper’s favorite six-hitting arc on the off-side is between long-off and extra-cover. His strikes are usually flatter too–the batswing is barely extravagant. He typically strides out to the pitch and powers it past the ropes. But on this event, he simply made a agency front-foot thrust and went via with the stroke, extra in classic Tendulkar trend than the attribute Kohli approach. Such balls, extra so in different codecs, he’s wont to driving via the further cowl, barely opening the face of the bat. But possibly, as a result of it’s T20s and the floor was small that he went for the extravagant loft. And it made a lovely sight—the candy batswing as magnificent as the imperious follow-through.

Virat Kohli hits the ball over the bowler’s head for a most (Hotstar screengrab)

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