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    why do left hand batsmen look better ???

    Is there a reason that most left hand batsmen look more elegant than the right handed batsmen ??? and do u think that left hand batsmen are better performers than right handed batsmen ??? if so whats the reason ???

    IMO the left handers look better when they bat..and left handers are the most sucessfull batsmen too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nookie_lk
    Is there a reason that most left hand batsmen look more elegant than the right handed batsmen ??? and do u think that left hand batsmen are better performers than right handed batsmen ??? if so whats the reason ???

    IMO the left handers look better when they bat..and left handers are the most sucessfull batsmen too.
    Left-handed batsmen are bunnies! haha Well, I consider them to be in the comp I play in, despite the fact that some of them have dispatched me to the boundary on more than one occasion, I just don't find them difficult to bowl to.

    Anyway, I digress, I take it you're talking about the batsmen we see on TV etc playing first class cricket rather than Nigel Nobody playing weekend comps. I'm not sure why left-handers look more elegant than right-handers, I've never actually noticed that they do!? I guess batsmen like Hayden, Lara etc add to the argument they do, but then Hayden isn't so much elegant as someone who takes the game by the scruff of the neck.

    In short, I have no idea, it took me a while to get there, but I had to look like I was adding something to the topic!

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    Among frontline batsmen, there is a greater proportion of lefthanders than among tailenders, I think. That could cause such a perception. But there are many who wouldn't count as elegant at all. Remember Larry Gomes?

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    more often than not the ball is coming across a left hander, and so drives and cuts may have a tendency to be played from further away from the body...this may give the impression you are talking about
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    I think Mark Waugh and Mohammed Azharuddin were the most graceful batsman ever to grace the game..

    At the moment, I rate Rahul Dravid, Neil McKenzie, Michael Vaughan, Daren Ganga and Marvan Attapattu as some of the best technical batsmen in the game today..

    And while it obviously has no relation to ability!! I have been compared to Tom Graveney in batting appearance.. Apparently he looked a bit stylish with the bat on occasions...

    All Right handers..


    And then you look at guys like Graeme Smith, Marcus Trescothick and Mark Richardson... Yuck!

    IMO it cuts both ways, but it is a matter of opinion...
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    In general, with the notable exception of Brian Lara, I much prefer watching right-handed batsmen!!

    I think one of the reasons why left-handed batsmen often do better is because the selection of bowlers is often based on figures, and those who prefer bowling to right-handers (ie Shaun Pollock) will have better figures than those who prefer to bowl at left-handers (ie Ashley Giles), because there are more right handers to bowl at. Therefore teams fill themselves with bowlers who are good at getting out right-handers, and the left-handers face less of a threat. Does that make sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    I think Mark Waugh and Mohammed Azharuddin were the most graceful batsman ever to grace the game..
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    what about the legendary Victor Trumper!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    what about the legendary Victor Trumper!!
    none of us can really comment on how graceful he was, as none of us saw him.

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    May be its the way you look at it. When there is a deviation from the normal, and it still produces the result, things look special. Not that left handed batting is abnormal, but may be there are more right handed batsmen. And if my guess is right, you must be right handed.
    Wonder what a left-handed batsman makes of a right-handed bat.

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    I prefer watching right-handed batsmen in general. Of course, watching right-handed batsmen makes me think I could perhaps if I try really hard, play the same shots I'm watching, and then proceed to get myself out trying to play those shots.

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    I don't think they all look better then right handers but perhaps it is true that a good percentage are very elegant.

    A right handed bowler slanting across the left hander gives the batsman more of a chance to play good looking shots like the flick away on the on side, the on drive, leg glance and as already mentioned some normal shots look even better. A left handers cut is (at times and depending on the batsman and considering thousands of variables:P) very attractive. The only left hander I don't like to see cut is Graeme Smith. Ugly!

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