The lot of cricket has fallen in India since we were unceremoniously booted from the World Cup in the Windies having lost to Bangladesh. I however, remain a loyalist and every time there is a match on, dutifully keep a tab on the score.India was to play Pakistan in Glasgow today. The match was rained out. Instead, I watched some old footage of batting greats like Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid, the Waugh Brothers, KP and Ganguly go about their craft.
I noticed none of them stood the same way while taking guard (which was glaring apparent), nor did they have a similar grip or even follow-through. All these batsmen have test averages over 50. Which means every time they have gone out to bat, they’ve hit 50 runs, a substantial score in the game.
I thought back to my days as a school-boy and the harangue I got for not holding the bat ‘the right way’. Our coach, an ex-services man insisted that we’d come to naught, if we didn’t get the grip correct. Some of us did come to naught in cricketing terms, but messers Tendulkar at al definitely didn’t.
In fact, Ganguly would be a whipping boy for many coaches, bowling as he does with his right arm and batting with his left.
For those of us who teach and ‘coach’ teaching – maybe its better to say ‘This may be a good grip for you” as opposed to “This is the right grip.”