When can a batsman change from batting left handed to right handed?


Prodigiously talented Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar spoke about his cricketing influences, the new spirit in the Bangladeshi dressing room, and why he changed from being a right-handed batsman to being the classy left-hander that he is.

The Daily Star reports that Sarkar said, “The batsmen who I have followed are Sourav Ganguly and Brian Lara. When I started playing cricket I used to be a right-handed batsman. It was only after watching them play those drives that I decided to become a left-hander.

“If you notice, I still prefer throwing the ball with my right hand. I even bowl with my right hand.”

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Relating how he used to avoid playing cricket during childhood because it would involve long periods away from home, the 22-year-old Sarkar said, “Since the World Cup, I have not been as homesick as I previously was. I think this is because of the relationship in the dressing room. We are all very intimate...

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Left-handed batsmen have been among the most productive and stylish batsmen in the history of cricket, and the number of left-handed batsmen has increased in recent decades. Peter Roebuck, an English cricket commentator, notes that while only 23 percent of runs scored in Test cricket in the 1980s were scored by left-handers, that number reached 37 percent by 2008. Left-handed batsmen have to cope with rough areas on the pitch and difficult bowling angles. Those angles, however, also create scoring opportunities for the left-hander.

Cricket bats and helmets are the same for everyone, but certain items of equipment are made differently for right- and left-handers. Get batting gloves that have extra padding on the left thumb, as this is the thumb that is more likely to be hit for left-handed batsmen. Look for leg-guards that have extra flaps of protection on the inside of the left leg and the outside of the right leg, as those are the areas...

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Be Psychologically prepared. Cricket, like many other sports is highly reliant on mental attitudes. Being mentally ready includes: getting all your gear ready the night before, and waking up well rested, eating well, keeping yourself hydrated ,getting at least 8 hours of sleep and take sometime to prepare your mind for the game ...


Have your batting gear ready (have the right size bat, pads that fit , comfy shoes etc.)


Before the match, get a bowler to bowl to you. Tell him/her to start off at a medium pace, then work his/her way up to a faster pace, until he is bowling as fast as (s)he can.


If the option is available, you may want to bat, fifth or sixth, so you'll be more likely to face spinners or medium pacers.


Once you are called up to bat, walk out with confidence and looking up towards the pitch. After saying 'well done' to the batsman who got out. Go over to your teammate and ask him...

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"Left hand!" cried the wicketkeeper, announcing my orientation to all and sundry. This invoked the usual chorus of groans, jokes, and the Prufrockian coming and going of close fielders and square-leg umpire. Even the cows felt the urge to move. The bowler was dubious: "Since when have you been a lefty, Pete?"

The simple answer is I'm not. I wasn't then, and I never will be. I can, however, bat left-handed. As well as right-handed. And, on those occasions when I'm in long enough to choose, I sometimes switch during an innings. I wasn't born ambidextrous but made myself so after cricket's strange sinistralism was thrust upon me by a sporting injury. My left arm temporary disabled following reconstructive shoulder surgery, my options were simple, if stark: bat one-handed or do not bat.

Naturally, I chose one-handed. This one hand would be the hand that controls, the top hand. This one hand would be my right hand. My stance, therefore, was now that of a left-hand...

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England selected a pair of left-handed opening batsmen in the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane recently. Lefthanders Andrew Strauss (left!) and Alastair Cook (below) had an opening partnership of 188 runs and both scored centuries in an impresive England innings.

Left handed batsmen have a certain advantages in cricket: As with most lefthanders, their right-brain to left-side wiring gives them enhanced spatial awareness and the ability the think and react quickly to objects in 3-dimensions – quite useful when a 5.5oz (155g) cricket ball with a hard leather cover is hurtling towards you at nearly 100 mph and you are supposed to hit it!

The other advantage is that they are unusual in hitting the ball from the other side of their body and that changes the way the bowler and fielders have to play. The bowler has to change the angle of attack and sometimes changes to bowling from the other side of the wicket and the field has to be completely reversed as the...

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A Seinfeld episode highlights the problems of making out when the girl sits on your wrong side. George Costanza is seeing Betsy. They have been on nine dates. But George hasn’t gotten anywhere. On their previous date, Betsy sat to his right. And George could not do anything because he was useless with his left hand. If right-handers cannot make out with their left hand, how can they bat with it in a big cricket match? Ask Sunil Gavaskar.

Bombay vs Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy semifinal of the 1981-82 season. It is the fourth and final day of the match in Bangalore. The wicket is turning at right angles. Karnataka’s Raghuram Bhat has flattened Bombay with his left-arm spin, taking 8/123 in the first innings. Bombay score 271. Karnataka pile up 470 runs.

In the second, Bombay are 160 for six. They are losing, that much is clear. But they are Bombay, the Dons of Domestic cricket. They have Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil and Balwinder Sandhu....

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The natural tendency of a batsman is to hit the ball on the leg side. This is because it is easier.
It takes much more effort(on the wrists & arms) & skill(feet movement & body position) to play the ball on off side.

So, leg side hitting easier, off side hitting relatively difficult.

Then comes the question of hitting with the spin & hitting against the spin.
Hitting with the spin is easier because you already have the momentum of the ball going in the direction you are hitting & you can use the speed of the ball.
Hitting against the spin is difficult because you have to change the momentum of the ball in opposite direction & generate your bat-speed to drive the ball past boundary.

So hitting against spin difficult. Hitting with the spin easier.

Hence slow left arm spinners are generally not used against left hand batsman because it would be easier to hit with the spin & on the leg side.
Both are easier as compared to hitting against...

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While cricket is traditionally dominated by right-handed batsmen, the number of left-handed batsmen is on the rise. Batting with your left hand can change the game significantly, especially against teams that aren't used to fielding against left-handed batsmen. You don't have to be left-handed to use a left-handed stance in cricket, either; your batting hand should be determined by your dominant eye and not your dominant hand.

Left-Handed Equipment

Equipment for left-handed batsmen differ from that used for right-handed batting, though some pieces of equipment such as helmets are the same regardless of your batting hand. Choose left-handed gloves to bat left-handed as they feature additional padding over the left thumb to prevent injuries. Leg guards and other pads that feature additional padding on the left side are also available to provide extra protection for your body. When choosing a bat, select one that has a harder and darker right edge if possible to...

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One of the biggest favors one could ever do for a youth player in baseball hitting instruction is to start them batting left -handed from day one. The minute the youth player toddler puts a bat in their hands put them into the left-handed batters box.

From t-ball on, put them baseball hitting on the left side of the plate. Make this the norm. Switch the hands on the bat accordingly and keep them there. Before you know it that will be normal for the kids.

I remember how frustrated I was years ago when my youngest son was a tee-ball player. He would go up to the plate for his turn at baseball hitting and set up in the lefty batters box.

The coach would literally guide him over to the...

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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – APRIL 21: Brian Lara of West Indies salutes the crowd after being run out by Kevin Pietersen of England during the ICC Cricket World Cup Super Eights match between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval on April 21, 2007 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

According to researchers, between 10 and 13% of the general population is left-handed. Yet if your experience of the world were limited to watching cricket(some of us can wish), then you would be forgiven for believing that the ratio is much higher. This is so because an examination of the top eight international teams reveals that left-handed batsmen are running at around 30% of those occupying positions 1-6 in the batting order. In fact, when Australia visited the Caribbean earlier this year, there were seven left-handers in the combined top six of both teams for the last two tests. The West Indies had Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine, while Australia had...

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It’s fairly common knowledge that in major league baseball
left-handed batters, on average, hit better than their right-handed
counterparts. A cursory look at the career leaders in batting average will
convince you that lefties have some kind of advantage. Seven of the
top 10, and 19 of the top 30, are left handers. And remember, most
batters hit right-handed—so a majority of lefties atop the
leaderboard is even more noteworthy.

Batting titles seem to be won disproportionately by left handers as
well. Over the last 50 years, 54 of the 100 batting titles have been
won by left-handed hitters, 35 by righties and 11 by
switch hitters. Again, the lefties seem to have a sizable
advantage. Historically, considering all hitters, lefties have hit for a higher average than
righties, by about 10 to 20 points, although since 2000, the
difference is only about seven points (.270 for lefties, .263 for


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OK. AFAIK it's to do with the dominant eye. The dominant eye should be the one that is closest to the bowler, so a rhb should have a dominant left eye. Now, eye dominance is not as straightforward as hand dominance, it's closer to (but not equal to) a 50:50 split in the population. However, a lot of people are trained to bat right handed, which skews it somewhat.

Now: take some prominent cricketers that bat right handed but bowl left handed, or vice versa. Examples from England are Derek Underwood (left hand off spin, right hand bat) and Graham Thorpe (Left hand bat, right hand bowl / field / throw). Logic syas that everything should be left hand, given the dominance in their chosen proficiency, yes? Put simply, it's just that their eye dominance overrides their handedness, which accounts for their batting.

Now: Is there an advantage to being a left handed batsman? Probably not, given that a right handed bowler is more likely to slant the ball across you, making it...

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In November last year, New Zealand and Zimbabwe played a Test match at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo and of the 22 players on show, Daniel Vettori was the only left-handed batsman.

This is quite unusual as there is normally an oversupply of left-handers in international cricket.

In the recently concluded series in the Caribbean, there were seven left-handers in the combined top six of both teams for the last two tests. The West Indies had Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine, while Australia had David Warner, Ed Cowan, and Michael Hussey.

A look at the first eight teams in the Test rankings reveal that there are 15 left-handers in the 48 batsmen that make up their top six. And when you consider that only between 10 and 13 percent of the general population is left-handed, it is clear that they are overrepresented, running at more than 30% in that small sample.

The question is: why? Is there some quality inherent...

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