How To Play The Hook Shot
Play The Hook Shot. The hook shot is one of the most spectacular in the game, but it's also very dangerous to play, as there is a chance of being caught. Get it right, and the boundary is yours for the taking!
Step 1: When to play
The hook shot is ideal for playing short deliveries on the leg side in an attacking way. Balls that are short pitched and reach the batsman between waist and head height and on the leg side. Keep your eyes on the ball at all times. If you don't, the ball is likely to hit you on the head or the chest
Step 2: Don't delay
If you don't decide and move early enough you may lose your wicket
Step 3: Back and across
As the back swing starts, the head, shoulders and back foot move back and across.
Step 4: The front foot
The front leg is moved back and towards the leg side, forming the base for the shot with the head slightly forward.
Step 5: Keep the hands high
Keep the hands high and judge by the bounce and line of the ball whether or not to attempt the shot. If you decide not to hit the ball duck or lean away from the ball to avoid being hit
Step 6: Extend your arms
If you take on the shot then the arms should swing through and be fully extended when hitting the ball
Step 7: The follow through
The follow through will either see both feet move round and point towards the path of the shot or your front leg will be raised off the ground, with your weight pivoting on the back foot