We’ve seen a lot of aggressive power hitting over the course of the IPL’s fourteen seasons. There has been no shortage of power hitters in the IPL, whether it’s the sheer strength of Andre Russell and MS Dhoni, the terrific speed of Chris Gayle, or the way the diminutive Hardik Pandya gets so much power behind his shots. It’s been a pleasure to see so many different power hitters, each of whom is powerful in their own way.
Kevin Pietersen on Hitting Sixes and Clearing Ropes
The T20 format of the IPL revolves around slamming the ball and scoring as many runs as possible in the shortest amount of time. There was a time when batsmen didn’t go for big shots with the same zeal as modern-day batsmen do. The attitude of teams and players about the speed of scoring runs has totally changed since the launch of the T20 format and the Indian Premier League. That is according to veteran cricketer Kevin Pietersen who was speaking to Betway.
The Board of Cricket in India launched the IPL in 2008, and since then, players’ attitudes toward scoring runs have improved. Batsmen are no longer afraid of losing, and coaches have told players not to be concerned about losing wickets. Since the introduction of the T20 World Cup and global T20 leagues, especially the IPL, the percentage of scoring boundaries has increased.
The most important question, however, is what motivates a batsman to smash sixes.
Is having a muscular and strong body needed to clear ropes? Is a heavy bat useful for hitting home runs?
If you look at players like Kieron Pollard, MS Dhoni, and Chris Gayle, you can see that having a powerful and muscular body is important for hitting the ball out of the park. However, if you look at players like Hardik Pandya, Ab De Villiers, Rishabh Pant, and Nicolas Pooran, you’ll see that powerful muscles aren’t needed to hit sixes in cricket.
On the other hand, it is widely believed that a heavy bat would assist a batsman in clearing boundaries and hitting sixes with ease. But, according to South Africa’s devastating batsman David Miller, this is also a myth. He said that hitting sixes is all about a player’s attitude. A batsman would be able to hit six to a bowler if he thinks he can do so. The weight of the bat is insignificant.
Here are the tactics they use to effortlessly clear the ropes, as well as how they produce their brute power.
It is a common misconception that all power is derived from the arms. However, it should be well noted that the core and quads are the most powerful sources of power.
What should be remembered, though, is something that most Indians can relate to. The helicopter shot is a powerful shot that makes use of the hands. MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Hardik Pandya are just a few of the top players who use that shot. These players’ wrists are powerful, which allows them to play the helicopter shot. Hardik Pandya’s bat speed isn’t as fast as some other players, such as Andre Russell. But it’s his incredible wrist work that comes into play at the end of the frame. At the end of the shot, his powerful wrists come into play, adding more strength to the shot. These wrists also help him in playing difficult shots, as we have seen him do many times. This is one field of cricket where Indians have a stronghold. Indian players, such as VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, and now Hardik Pandya, are known for their excellent wristwork, just as Caribbean players are known for their brute power.
So, what is the reason for these players’ playing power? They all have several sources of strength, whether it’s through their wrists, arms, core, or feet. There are also considerations such as pacing and technique to consider. We all know Virat Kohli is a better batsman than Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, or even MS Dhoni. His orthodox technique, however, is the reason for his sixes not going too far. His technique helps him to consistently hit fours while not putting too much strength behind his shots. Instead, it gives him placement. Furthermore, while Kohli has excellent timing, there are players with better timing, such as Rohit Sharma, who, despite not being as powerful as Kohli, can hit the ball further. Hardik Pandya is an example of a player who is able to hit both of these sixes with his technique.So, what exactly are the components of six-hitting? The strength factor comes first, followed by the hand-eye coordination and timing, and finally the technique. Without a little bit of each of these ingredients, no batsman can claim to be complete. Why aren’t the 150 kmph bowlers reaching the most sixes if it’s all about power? Some players have a mixture of these skills, and they are the most productive six hitters. Former player Kevin Pietersen, Andre Russell, MS Dhoni, and Hardik Pandya are among the few players of this breed.