The veteran Australian batsman, Steve Smith, known for his unorthodox batting technique, posted a video sharing “some hints and tips on batting” with his fans on Instagram. The former Australia skipper, in his over three-minute-long video, talked about “two authentic swings that each player has”.
Captioning the video of the same on Instagram, Smith wrote: “Batting tips I’ve had lots of people asking me to share some hints and tips on batting. This video is on what I like to call the first authentic swing. I’ll share the second authentic swing in a few days time. Let me what else you would like to see.”
Smith went on to described the two authentic swings as one which involves the top hand and helps in driving the ball straight down the ground and the other one which involves bottom hand, enabling batsman to “smack the ball”. In the video, he pointed out the importance of directing the front foot towards the area where they want to hit the ball as it felicitates bending of front knee and get the head over the ball and play the shot in a straight line.
Steve also mentioned how young kids and even some of the professional cricketers “neglect to bring their foot to around that straight line to enable the bat to come through”. Towards the end, he suggests some drills to improve their feet movement and perfect their skills.
Steve Smith, who currently leads the ICC Test Batsmen charts, also advised the aspiring youngsters to judge the length and play shots accordingly. He said if it is a short-of-a-length ball it is advisable to defend it and you can drive it if it is a length-ball.
In the end, after elaborating on the first type of swing, Smith promised to come up with a video explaining the second type of swing in a few days’ time.