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    Straight drive vs Cover Drive - Which shot do you value more?

    Two of the most famous classic shots for a top level batsman.

    To each their own. Some prefer straight Drive and some prefer cover drive.

    Which is your favorite out of these two?

    Which one do you think is more difficult to master?

    Who is your favorite batsman to play these shots.

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    @Mods

    I think this is long due.

    Can we have a poll fot Straight drive vs Cover drive?

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    I think cover drive involves an element of risk as well as requires better judgement. Not saying that Straight drive doesnt require skill or timing but, its a pretty risk free shot where you dont need a lot of decision making when its in the driving length around off and middle. For cover drive you need to play it around or outside of off stump which brings in number of possible dismissal if misjudged and thus making it a more difficult shot in my opinion to execute. That being said, straight drive also requires a certain level of precision and timing to play it for a 4 but I think in terms of risk involved its much easier.

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    Personally I will go with the cover drive. It requires a stronger technique in my opinion and ruthless timing, shot placement, and execution. There are very few players who have excellent cover drives but are lacking otherwise. Martyn, Yousuf, Kohli, Babar, when you think of great cover drives, you think of some gorgeous players.

    I don’t think the straight drive is anywhere near as difficult.

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    But I like square cut .

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    Over the course of your playing career cover drive will give you more runs.

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    My favorite is the straight drive

    Straight drive is harder to master

    My favorite batsman to play the straight drive is Steven Smith

    My favorite batsman to play the cover drive is Virat Kohli

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    Cover drive all they way, and I think Yousaf played it best as right hander and Sangakara as leftie, and when it comes to stylish play for some reason lefties edge out right handers. As poster above said more risk is involved in cover drive, that's also a factor.

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    It depends on the damn ball, I was wondering who would open such a stupid thread, not dissappointed if only could master the straight drive, he wouldn't have choked against in-swing
    Last edited by shaz619; 15th September 2020 at 22:56.

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    Straight drive.

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    Poll added.

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    Favourite has to be cover drive.

    As a batsmen, if I am unable to figure out whether the ball will nip back or it is an away swing, then the best way to tackle is always plays for inswing.

    Hence, in such a scenario, it's easier to play straight drive as cover drive becomes a relatively riskier prospect. You need to have the correct timing, balance and most importantly execution of the shot.

    In terms of aesthetics, I will pick cover drive as well but there are some players whose straight drives are top notch.

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    Kohli, Azam have the best CD in the game right now.

    What about SD. Who's the best at it in the game today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Kohli, Azam have the best CD in the game right now.

    What about SD. Who's the best at it in the game today?
    Steve smith and kane williamson drive beautifully down the ground.

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    Probably should have added some other shots in the discussion too.

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    Straight drive is one of the most difficult shots to execute in the game. Even a perfectly executed straight drive might not produce any runs because the angles are so narrow. Between mid off & mid on, batsman has to bisect the bowler as well and a slight mistake he’ll end up skying in air.

    Straight drive, particularly those played on the rise (not on half volleys) are the toughest & most risky shots in the game. Gavaskar & Tendulkar we’re master of this shot and I read Merchant as well. Sunny jokingly once said that we Bombay batsmen are great in straight drives because of our “gully” cricket, where only place to score is straight and you might get out if you hit adjacent windows...... quite humorous, but he has a point in it.

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    I was a batsman throughout my teenage years.

    Assuming we're talking about hitting the ball for a boundary...

    The toughest shot to play is the straight drive on a moving ball (in or outswing). Very difficult to execute and time with enough power to get past the bowler, mid-on/mid-off, and to the boundary.

    However, the most pleasing and satisfying shot will always be the cover drive. There is nothing better as a batsman.


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    Which shot is more risky and difficult. Posters seem divided over this from the comments so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Which shot is more risky and difficult. Posters seem divided over this from the comments so far.
    I think the straight drive is definitely harder to play.

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    My view on this :-

    1. Elegance : This is subjective. To each their own. Cover drive is definitely more popular in this regard. Batsmen love to flaunt it. Kohli calls it spiritual. It feels more natural too. Also different great batsmen have their own style of playing CD and it's a great competition area too.

    2. Difficult: I think straight drive, hands down, is a lot more difficult shot than CD. CD is actually bread and butter shot for test class batsmen but not many batsmen back themselves to play straight drive. While CD is hit on a ball literally asking to be hit. If a bowler is hit for a spanking CD, he's a bowled a bad delivery mostly. But SD, is somewhat rare, and often down to mastery of the batsmen to be able to execute it. A ball most batsmen would just defend. Attempting a CD makes you vulnerable to be caught behind but attempting SD totally brings the lbw, clean bowled into force as well. Like MMHS and Usama said above, bisecting the bowler and two fielders at mid on mid off, an umpire and your non strike partner isn't easy as it might sound


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    Straight Drive for me. Almost every international batsman know how to play a cover drive, but not many can play straight drive. In terms of aesthetics, it is debatable.


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    In terms of difficulty I think it is difficult to master the art of a perfect straight drive.

    Cover drives from any player which is beautifully timed is so eye-pleasing.

    So for me:

    In terms of difficulty: SD > CD.

    In terms of pleasing to the eye: CD > SD.

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    And this is why I love straight drives


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    And this is why I love straight drives

    That is one hell of a montage!

    The sheer swagger in some of those shots. Tendulkar not moving an inch, head tilting down after the show in humility, as if it's routine lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    And this is why I love straight drives

    Sachin at it’s best. Wow just wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Personally I will go with the cover drive. It requires a stronger technique in my opinion and ruthless timing, shot placement, and execution. There are very few players who have excellent cover drives but are lacking otherwise. Martyn, Yousuf, Kohli, Babar, when you think of great cover drives, you think of some gorgeous players.

    I don’t think the straight drive is anywhere near as difficult.
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    Attempt a straight drive , you will be out lbw 25 times , bowled 25 times , straight to the fielder 48 times and possibility of only two straight drives.


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    Personally I liked cover drive due to this man


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    SD you dont see many players play the SD

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy0204 View Post
    Personally I liked cover drive due to this man
    Splendid.

    At playing cover drive Sanga and Virat seem mirror images of each other. Very similar technique.

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    Ian Bell and Asad Shafiq have very splendid cover drives as well.

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    Cover drive is better.

    Straight drive has a bit of risk. You can run your partner out.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Cover drive is better.

    Straight drive has a bit of risk. You can run your partner out.
    I thought you would say sweep shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    I thought you would say sweep shot
    Sweep shot is only good against spin. Cover drive is the best against any bowling.



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    Straight drive is relatively easy and the batsman doesn’t have to use a lot of skill.
    First, the ball is almost always pitched at full length, and in the line of stumps, so it makes the batsman’s job a lot easier (You don't always attempt to play a good solid straight drive on the up on ball at fourth stump).

    Second. There is less risk involved. Since the bat’s face is fully behind a full pitched ball, chances of an edge are low. We rarely see a batsman driving straight but getting caught behind.

    Third, you only have to beat one fielder, and that too, at a very close proximity - the bowler. Once you pass him with a solid hit, there is no stopping the ball.

    Playing a drive in the covers area requires a little more skill and dares a little more risk.

    First, you have to pierce a gap between 3 fielders who are quite far away, and always ready, alert and expect the ball to come their way. They have plenty of time to dive n save the boundary, unlike a bowler in his follow thru.

    Second, Since the bat comes at an angle and meets the ball in half way (say ball is travelling in a straight line towards the wicket keeper at 4th stump, and the bat comes down from leg stump towards covers to meet the ball near the creeze) there is an element of greater risk of a snick - we have seen it quite often.

    Third, cover drive on the up, opens up a great possibility of a catch. We have seen some caught n bowled by the bowlers on batsmen attempting to play a straight drive but risk is less for the batsman. It doesn’t happen as much and it’s very hard for the bowler to hold onto a solid hit at close proximity - so usually the odds go in the favor of the batsman.

    For me personally, COVER DRIVE ALL THE WAY, especially when Baber Azam is batting in a Test match. And his straight drives are also a delight to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    And this is why I love straight drives

    Sorry but hardly any of these delightful strokes are actually a “drive”.
    These are mostly “punches” on the front foot.

    In a drive, the bat follows thru the stroke and goes behind the batsman’s left shoulder. (for a right hand batsman) - Kohli also plays a lot like this in covers - it’s mostly punches and jabs where the bat tends to stop after the connection is made. And not that anything is wrong with it or I am trying to take away anything from them but most them those are not text book “drives”.


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