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How To Play The Hook Shot

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

Step 8: Ready to play