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How to play front foot shot

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

when a shot is played by your front leg which is left for right handed batsman or right for left handed batsman then it is a front foot shot.

It is a easy shot you have to played against fast bowler and as well as spinner.

When you playing a front foot shot your head must be still and towards the line of ball your elbow and head towards the line of ball. Also your body was one sided towards the bowler.

There are various shot in front foot shot:-

1) Front Foot Defense

2) Front Foot Drive

3) Front Foot Glance


Front Foot Defense


Front foot defense is played against a good length ball. It is most commonly played shot in cricket.

The objective of playing front foot defense is to block the ball then to score run. It is used to defend your wicket by ball which will be seam in or out. And for spinner it is very effective.


How to played front foot defense


We will go step by step...

Step 1:- See the ball by the hand of bowler and judge where it is pitched. If it is pitched on good length or slightly over pitched.

Step 2:- lean your head and shoulder towards line of the ball follow by your front leg.

Step 3:- Swing the bat towards ball by little back lift then play with your top hand bottom hand should be relaxed or only for support and contact the ball on the middle of your bat. Step 4:- Your knee should be bend and back leg should be straight and your bat down towards the ground.

look at the picture below.


Front Foot Drive


Front foot drive is played to stroke the ball towards mid off and mid on region.

Front foot drive is easy if you well at front foot defense. This shot is played to run fast in cricket. It is commonly used shot against fast bowler.Front foot drive is played against hall volley or over pitched ball.


There are various drive to play according to region.

1) Cover drive

2) Straight drive

3) Off drive

4) on drive

these drive are similar to each other.


How to play cover drive


Cover drive is played towards cover region.

We will go step by step...


Step 1:- See the ball by the hand of bowler and judge where it is pitched. If it is pitched over or hall volley in the line of outside off stump.

Step 2:- Lean your head and shoulder towards line of ball follow by your front leg towards cover region. Step 3:- Swing the bat towards ball by high back lift to generate force then play with your top hand bottom hand should be relaxed or only for support and contact ball on the middle of bat.

Step 4:- Play this shot towards cover region. Your knee should be bend and back leg should be straight. Your bat should be at the level of shoulder on follow through.


How to play straight drive


Straight drive is played towards straight region.

We will go step by step...


Step 1:- See the ball by the hand of bowler and judge where it is pitched. If is pitched over pitch or hall volley in the line of off stump or middle stump.

Step 2:- Lean your head and shoulder towards line of ball follow by your front leg towards straight or bowler region.

Step 3:- Swing the bat towards ball by high back lift to generate force then play with your top hand bottom hand should be relaxed or only for support and contact ball on the middle of bat.

Step 4:- Play this shot towards straight or bowler region. Your knee should be bend and back leg should be straight. Your bat should be at the level of shoulder on follow through.


How to play off drive


Off drive is played towards mid off or off region.

We will go step by step...


Step 1:- See the ball by the hand of bowler and judged where it is pitched. If it is pitched over pitched or hall volley in the line of off stump or outside off stump.

Step 2:- Lean your head and shoulder towards line of ball follow by your front leg towards off region.

Step 3:- Swing the bat towards ball by high back lift to generate force then play your top hand bottom hand should be relaxed or only for support and contact ball on the middle of bat.

Step 4:- Play this shot towards off region. Your knee should be bend and back leg should be straight your bat should be at the level of shoulder on follow through.


How to play On drive


On drive is played towards mid on region.

We will go step by step...


Step 1:- See the ball by the hand of bowler and judged where it is pitched. If it pitched over pitched or hall volley in the line of leg stump or middle stump.

Step 2:- Lean your head and shoulder towards line of ball follow by your front leg towards mid on region.

Step 3:- Swing the bat towards ball by high back lift to generate force then play with your top hand bottom hand should be relaxed or only for support and contact ball on the middle of bat.

Step 4:- Play this shot towards mid on region. Your knee should be bend and back leg

should be straight. Your bat should be at the level of shoulder on follow through.


Front Foot Glance


Front foot glance is played to glance or stir the ball towards fine leg or squareleg region.

This shot is played to take a easy single when fielder is outside the ring or 30 yard but when fielder is the ring its depend on your placement how you place the ball. Front foot glance is played against fast as well as spin bowler. When the ball is pitched hall volley or overpitched at leg stump or outside leg stump line. When you play a front foot glance you don't have fear of fast bowl otherwise you can not play it perfectly and give a chance to bowler to take wicket. Your head and body must be still when you play a shot like glance and your eye must be at the ball when you hit it.


How to play front foot glance


Step 1:- See the ball by the hand of bowler and judged where it is pitched. If it is pitched over pitched or hall volley in the line of leg stump or outside leg stump.

Step 2: lean your head and shoulder towards line of ball follow by your front leg towards bowler.

Step 3: Swing the bat towards ball and hit the the ball on the middle of your bat and sightly stir it or twist it with your top hand and bottom hand only for support towards squareleg or fine leg region

Step 4: Your knee should be bend or you not bend your knee if you are not comfortable to play this shot by bending your knee and your back leg should be slightly bend. You did not close your bat very early or late it should be stir only when ball hit the bat.


So, here we all learned how to play all this front foot shots. This all information not copy from another website or book this all is my experience and my technique of playing in India. Sorry for all my grammar or spelling mistake I hope you will understand.

Thank you for reading!