Pad Away refers to hitting the ball away from the wicket by using pads instead of the bat. This is only possible if the batsman is not in danger of getting dismissed due to leg before wicket, particularly when the ball is pitched on the leg side. Sometimes, batsman uses the pads to hit the ball to remove the danger of getting caught by close fielders.
Advantages of Using Pad Away
As a batsman, it is important to have a good batting technique to earn runs. It is also essential that a batsman can learn to analyze how to protect its wicket, without getting dismissed. Hence, some batsmen would opt to hit the ball using their pads instead of their bat. If the batsman can see that by hitting the ball, the chances of getting caught by the fielders are high, they can avoid it by using their pads to hit the ball away from their wicket. As a result, not only do they manage to stay in the game, they were also able to get the ball away from the wicket.
Disadvantages of Using Pad Away
Cricket players used to play without any pads to protect their shin. The use of pads was introduced around 1774 when batsmen started using their pads in deflecting the balls away from their wicket. Although a batsman can take advantage of a pad away in hitting the ball, there is also a downside to it. Instead of deflecting the ball away, it might have an opposite effect and would result in getting the player dismissed. Using the pads to hit the ball, might not follow the direction you wanted the ball to go. Hitting the ball with the bat is different as the batsman can control the direction of the ball. The batsman can also control, whether he wants to hit the ball aggressively or not.
In addition, the use of pads to hit the ball away from the cricket might give the batsman injury. If the bowler has strong delivery skills, deflecting the ball by using the pads might not be a good idea. Therefore, it requires the perfect timing of the batsman if they opt to use a pad away in repelling the ball.