The big booming hits which clear the ropes with ease might provide the viewers with a lot of entertainment. But not all the big sixes can guarantee the grace and class through which a batsman hits it. An instance of this theory could be regarding the games played at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland. With so short boundaries, even shots that were mistimed carried all the way to the fence. Several thick edges as well cleared the ropes with ease. In such situations, it becomes crucial for the batsmen to play some “textbook” shots as well. The fours hit are a classic example of the text book shots. Most boundaries are often timed well, and are authentic cricketing shots. Such shots, also bring a smile upon the faces of the viewers.
In this article, we have a look at the top 5 batsmen with most fours.
5. Brendon McCullum (44 fours):
The Kiwi captain hit 44 fours, and is fifth on the list of the top 5 batsmen with most fours. A lot of his shots were timed so well and combined with brute force, that they were like sheer tracer bullets. He thrashed Steven Finn for three consecutive boundaries in an over, cutting with precision. His ability to flick remains as asset as well.
4. Tillakaratne Dilshan (46 fours):
The hard hitting Sri Lankan opener is second in the list of the top 5 batsmen with most fours. He pulled anything short with efficiency, and got the desired results. Like McCullum, the combination of timing and power does the trick for Dilshan. Against Bangladesh, during his innings of 161*, Dilshan hit 22 boundaries.
3. Shikhar Dhawan (48 fours):
The stylish Indian opener was spectacular throughout the World Cup. As the World Cup began, he seemed to have found his lost magical touch. All the shots he played were from the middle of his bat. His cut shots always remain special, as they race off to the point boundary. Along with the cuts, his ability to flick the ball off his pads is great as well. The opposing bowlers often had to leak runs, as Shikhar drove the ball with sheer grace.
2. Kumar Sangakkara (57 fours):
57 boundaries with 7 games is something magical indeed. Sangakkara in this World Cup batted with complete art and magic. The way he timed the ball, it seemed that he was possessed by mystical angels. At the moment, there is no better driver of the ball than Sangakkara on this planet. The cover drives which Sangakkara hit were even applauded by the opposing captain. In a lot of ways, Kumar has rechristened the art of batting. In a way, it can be said that cricket lovers were unlucky, as they got to see the magic of this man only till the quarters. Till the quarters though, every boundary which Sanga hit, was an absolute treat to the eyes.
1. Martin Guptill (59 fours):
The leading run getter of the World Cup tops the list of the top 5 batsmen with most fours. Guptill hit the boundaries all along the carpet. His footwork against the spinners was worth showering praises for. His wrist work, which timed the ball perfectly, was integral in the ball reaching the boundary.
The ICC World Cup 2015 will be remembered mainly for the batting prowess which was on display. But with the batting prowess, no one can forget the art of playing orthodox cricket, and finding the gaps to earn a boundary.