Across the Line refers to a batting shot that is played with the bat moving sideways to the direction of the ball’s motion. This happens when the batsman swings the bat across the balls’ path instead of along it. Batting “across the line” is often considered a risky move as the batsman had to have excellent timing. If the batsman fails to time it accurately it will result in mistiming the shot or missing the ball entirely. Once the shot is mistimed it can lead the batsman being “strangled” or in a “leading edge”, which means that it often results in an easy catch by the wicket-keeper.
When to Use Across the Line Technique?
When the batsman is aiming for the square or behind the square, using the across the line technique can be beneficial as long as it is timed perfectly. Since this move is considered risky, the use of this technique is frowned upon. However, there are other players that consider this technique as acceptable as long as it is done at the right time and against the right ball. But when a player that bowls is in a tight line, the only way for the bowler to get runs is to use across the line. Using this technique is also perfect for slog overs or death overs wherein the batsman can bat aggressively and hit a lot of runs thus increase the chances of winning against its opponents.
Mastering Across the Line
A player needs to be confident of their abilities to play this through. When the technique is mastered, the player who wields it can provide the extra skill to its team. To master across the line correctly, the player needs to have a good hand and eye coordination, able to get his body in the right position and has the ability to manipulate his wrists at the right time. Strengthening these qualities, aside from getting a good coach that teaches a full range of shots, playing across the line will be an asset and not a disadvantage. It is also beneficial to correct the basic flaws in positioning the body to have an added advantage when using across the line technique.