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Grip – this term is used to indicate how a batsman holds the bat. In fact, this is one of the most important factors for implementing a high-quality strike since the correct grip allows you to use the full amplitude and a wide range.

There are two types of grips: V-shaped and O-shaped. At the moment, the first one is more popular.

For a V-shaped grip, both batsman’s hands should be placed close to each other on the handle so that the left hand is on top of the right. The back of the palms is facing the gate. Thus, both wrists should visually create a V-shape projected through the vertical of the bat. Ideally, the upper hand should be held a little tighter than the lower one. This grip is valued due to the increased chance to cope with direct and vertical blows.

Much less often, batsmen resort to the O-shaped grip, the main emphasis in which is on the lower hand grip, in which a ring is visually created. Holding in this way seems more natural but makes it difficult to hit vertical balls.

The location of the hands on the handle of the bat largely depends on the batsman’s desire, but do not forget that any mistake during the capture can prevent the performance of an accurate/strong blow or even lead to injury.

Nisha Bhavani
Author: Nisha Bhavani Position: Cricket Expert

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