Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 August 2020

Babar Azam's drive, Rahul Dravid's defence and other signature cricket shots – in pictures

Which batsmen played the pull, drive and sweep better that the rest?

Who is the best batsman in the world? Difficult to say, isn't it.

There are so many factors that come into play – technique, record, impact, aesthetics, era, etc – that is impossible to reach a consensus.

But if we break down batting, we can try to gauge which batsman executed a particular shot better than any other.

Admittedly, it is not possible to go back 70-100 years and see which batsman played the best pull or drive; we can properly analyse only the modern batsmen as we have sufficient video evidence of their game.

Keeping that in mind, we have tried to ascertain which batsman played a particular stroke the best. Above is a picture gallery showing them executing the strokes.

To view the next image in the gallery, click on the arrows or if you are viewing it on a mobile device, just swipe.

Updated: July 2, 2020 07:14 AM

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