Cricket is not just about getting runs or taking wickets. More than that, there is uncertainty in cricket. There are good shots, swing bowling, excellent catches, and more. So here we are showcasing some interesting cricket shots not used in the early stages of cricket. Most of these shots are introduced by players in the last 2 decades of cricket history.
It is always delightful to watch most of the copybook cricketing shots. Some shots we are discussing here are innovations from copybook cricket shots. But some cricket shots are way more innovative than copybook shots.
Upper cut, Reverse scoop, Paddle scoop, Dil scoop, and Helicopter shot
You will probably see him playing this shot if you are from India or like Sachin Tendulkar’s game. Maybe one of the players who played this shot very well and was the first player who introduced this cricketing shot. A sharp short ball above the shoulder was one of the most difficult balls to play a proper cricketing shot. So he made minor changes to the cut shot and gave a soft touch to the ball on its way to the keeper. So the ball will travel fast through the third-man region.
Paddle scoop is another innovative cricket shot which is first played by Douglas Marillier. This was something surprising when he first played against Australia. With his performance, Zimbabwe made a historic win against Australia. Later many players used this as the best option to score at the later stage of the game with the fine leg inside the 30 yard circle.
The reverse scoop is similar to the Paddle scoop, switching the side after the baller is completed bowling. It is considered one of the most helpful shots if played correctly. This becomes handy if the third man is inside the circle and the bowler bowls a ball around the middle stump. In that scenario, the player switches the side reverse to scoop the ball to the third man or just above the wicketkeeper.
Another form of scoop introduced by Tillakaratne Dilshan where he plays the ball much finer in most cases, the ball will fly above the wicketkeeper. The shot is named after him as he used this for good effect to counterattack the good length deliveries. This shot combines a scoop and sweeps where the batsman will play the shot on his knees, and the ball will go above the wicketkeeper or sometimes above the fine leg.
The helicopter shot is a popular shot used against brutal Yorker-length deliveries. It is always challenging to play Yorker-length deliveries from fast bowlers.
Dhoni used helicopter shots to get run from these deliveries. Sometimes he even managed to clear boundaries with his powerful helicopter shots. As its name suggests, the shot will look like the movement of helicopter blades with good follow-through and speed.