First, think of this as a challenge, not a problem. It will change how you work on it and how you focus. We don’t want the phrase “not wanting to get caught at gully” to make you feel sleepy when you go up to bat. You get what you pay attention to.
So, instead of concentrating on “what you don’t want,” we break it down into “what you do want to happen.”
I won’t try to figure out why you keep getting stuck at gully because it could be several things.
So, our “solutions focus” is about what we’re going to do.
1. Put the ball on the ground.
2. Hit the ball up the side, not in the middle (for now).
3. Playing closer to us and in front of our eyes.
4. Control the game plan.
To do this, we must practice what we plan to do during the game.
In the nets, make it a habit to picture the field that the bowler has set up, which is usually the field when you get out.
Now you must practice your game plan to hit the ball up the wicket in front of the cover. You’re telling your brain where you’re going to score. Always practice this so that it becomes a part of the way you bat.
Practice hitting the ball close to you, and don’t hit it outside your line of sight.
1. Practice straight drives with a partner
Put a cone down two steps ahead of you and one step to the side. Tell him to throw over or under his arm as the ball bounces, and have him practice hitting the ball into the ground in front of the cone and straight back past him. The cone acts as a cover fielder; the goal is to control and shape the area where you hit the ball.
This will teach you to let the ball come right up to you. It also puts your timing point right before your eyes and enables you to control where you score.
2. Practice Square Drive
The equal drill is as above, but this time put another cone on the opposite side so there is a space between the point and the cover so you can play the square drive.
Get your partner to throw a little further so you can learn to play within your range and keep control of the shot. Now, hit the square drive down and through the gap.
If you keep getting out simultaneously in your innings, stick to your game plan to get through this part of your innings. From 30 runs, work up to 50 runs by breaking it into 5 run blocks. Your objective is to stay tight until you reach 50, if the game situation and time allow it. After 50, you can try to get more significant if you want to. Stay tight and keep working toward your hundred if you have time in the innings. It’s just a matter of time and concentration.
I always tell batters, “You’re only in at 30 runs, so your next goal is 50.” It would be best if you figured this into how you manage your winnings.
As you play, keep in mind your goals, how you’re moving the team’s innings forward, and how you can score with the least amount of risk while keeping the other team under pressure.
LEFTY GETTING OUT LBW EVERY TIME
Getting out LBW has to do with a few basic batting skills that are important for both right and left-handers, but because of the angle, they are more important when facing a bowler with the opposite hand.
Getting out LBW has to do with balance and focus, which go hand in hand.
Balance is the most important part of batting, and the position of the head controls this. Your son needs to keep his head still and tucked into his right shoulder so that his body and bat move and work together. This makes it easier to move up and down the crease without slipping across it.
I like the batter to take his time and set himself up in the crease with his feet, shoulder-width apart, and his head still, tucked in, and slightly tilted down so that the sign is straight into the attempt, not up, then down.
The second key to hitting is to keep your eyes on the ball. Your head controls your balance, so everything needs to work together.
If the batter doesn’t pay close attention to the ball, they can misjudge the length and start their shot too early, putting them in wrong positions and falling across the crease. LBW.
See the answers to similar questions about stance, balance, and set up on the cricket batting tips page under “Cricket Batting Tips: Balance, Stance, Grip, Head Position.”