Aiden Markram hook shot goes viral as he makes 96
Cricket is a wonderful team game with individual skills in both batting and bowling. In batting one can get to see different kinds of strokemaking from the cut , to wristy glide, the straight drive , clever drive, on-drive , flick off the toes , the pull and the hook.
While the straight drive is the most sublime looking shot , the pull or the hook is most exciting to watch. Specially if it is hit off a quick bowler who can ramp up a pace of around 140 kph plus.
We had one brilliant hook shot played by Aiden Markram in the first South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODI. Which South Africa lost by 14 runs. Batting first Sri Lanka scored 300 /9 which was help by a fine 118 off 115 balls by Avishka Fernando. Who is himself a fine exponent of the pull and the hook shot and playing well since India series. Asalanka scored 72 but Sri Lanka lost cheap wickets at the end.
In reply the South African openers added 49 for the first wicket. Aiden Markram was playing beautifully. He got a head high bouncer from Dushmanta Chameera who bowlers higher than 140 kph, and promptly hooked over square leg boundary for a thrilling 6 . It was a brilliant shot that instantly got viral on social media. Aiden Markram hook shot goes viral as he makes 96.
The difference between the pull and the hook is that balls which are over shoulder height and around head high. If the batter plays a pull shot on those, it is call a hook shot technically.
Inspite of Markram’s 96 and Van Dussen’s 59 South Africa fell 14 short as they made 286/6 to trail 0-1 in the 3 match series.
In past generations, Viv Richards , Mohinder Amarnath and Ricky Ponting are great exponents of the hook shot. Rohit Sharma in the current era plays the shot well. Now Aiden Markram also showed that he is a superb player of that shot .
Watch the video below.