How to Avoid LBW's

cricket intel

Jan 28, 2013
Ok so here I’m with start of the season, have been practicing since December (indoor nets/bowling machine) worked hard on my technique, paying special attention to my weaknesses and tried to consolidate the strengths – season started with a bang – 50 runs (I’m an opener) and winning the match – BUT – I got LBW in that same match – then came the next match – I was feeling pretty good/confident and I was out in 2nd over – LBW again – and 3rd match this weekend – take a guess ? I was out 1st over – 2nd ball I faced – LBW – I’m not sure what’s happening here but here are few things I’ve noticed/analyzed:
• All 3 balls were full length – huge swinging deliveries
• New ball is swinging like anything – not the easiest thing to play
• I have a trigger movement along with a back lift
• I have a tendency to bend my knees slightly more than I’ve been advised

I am sure there are a lot of better players out there who can give me some useful tips/suggestions, I have 2 things in mind for the next games, I should use lighter bat & stand a bit up on the crease. I could be wrong but to negate the new swinging ball, I really need to stay on top of the ball. Any suggestion or piece of advice will be hugely appreciated
Well once a great person gave me tip. If it is an in swinger on pads, then you can flick it but if you cannot play the shot properly, than try the on drive.If it is an out swinger delivery, then flick it. Play with a light bat and when facing the swingers in the opening overs, have a shorter backlift. Also wait for the ball for a fraction of a second and then play it. Hope this helps!
I opened the batting last year although as a pinch hitter due to the team having only one opening batsman and an abundance of all rounders. So i'm not really a batsman but i manged 330 runs at 21ish

Initially i struggled with the swing of the new ball, especially inswingers which would find my stumps early on before i could get my feet moving. Best thing for me was to bat a long way out of my crease and be sure to let the umpires know that you are a long way down. If they are decent umpires that means they should have doubt with any LBW dismissal due to the distance to the stumps. In addition you should be firmly on the front foot (if its full) and presenting the full face of the bat to the ball and be sure to watch the ball right onto the bat. Its important you have your feet moving early against swing because if you are stuck to the pitch it will be much harder to play to the altered line of the ball.
TO aboid LBW' take guard on leg stump, when the ball is swinging don't commit to the shot too early unless you can tell the ball is going towards the stumps in which case get to the pitch and play it
I have always done this and I have never got out to a LBW till now-Take a leg stump guard early on and know where your off-stump is. Don't plant your foot very early,wait for the ball and play it.
Usually bowlers have a kind of action in which their bowling arm is going towards fine leg when bowling so usually they bowl in swingers. JUST FLICK IT or GLANCE IT! Or just play with a straight bat.
When you have settled and are going wel then take your guard to middle stump. If this whole lan doesn't work then come a bit out of the crease. A plan well demonstrated by Azhar Ali.
Open your stance up a bit. i.e. your back leg on the leg stump guard and your front leg just outside leg stump.

Also try to get your bat in front of your pad, rather than just alongside it.

In the nets have some throw downs, where you are just defending the ball but making a real effort to get your bat in front of your pad.

Good luck, hope it goes well.
Play it late

Try not to fall over as it is the major cause of lbw.

Don't close the face of the bat too early.
Often, opposition bowlers have ridicule me for being supposedly such a vulnerable batsman to LBW's. On first glance, it may actually seem this way but I'm actually not as susceptible to being dismissed LBW as one may first imagine. Given the fact that I have an extremely unconventional stance (with my back foot virtually being approximately half a foot away from the stumps and both of my feet comfortably within the batting crease, which I think has seldom been seen before), many often seem to believe that I will be a sitting duck against balls which often result in the batsman being dismissed LBW - but indisputably their greater concern, or happiness, is that I am likely to fall onto my wickets or hit my wickets with my bat, although neither of these has ever happened due to my unique back-lift).

However, this is not to be the case. The reason for this is the fact that the method with which I place my bat is extremely unorthodox - with my bat being placed behind both of my feet, essentially hidden behind my leg and both of my legs being positioned outside the line of the leg-stump. As a result, early on in my innings I'm often prone to being bowled through the gate off a seaming delivery when my footwork isn't really precise (a deficiency of nearly all batsmen) rather than being dismissed LBW but I've often declared that once I reach a score of around 15 runs with properly timed strokes, I begin on a rampage and am actually difficult to dismiss (my dismissal is usually brought by through my own stupidity and outrageous lofted shots I sometimes try to attempt).

Now, after reading this many would say to me: why don't you just alter your technique? The reason is I'm become so accustomed to batting in the strange stance that I do that I feel extremely uncomfortable with batting in conventional ways that some people propose/suggest to me and also because of the brute fact that this method is effective - it allows me to hit some truly monstruous sixes (my record in tape-ball cricket is around about 80m) and it allows me to look extremely elegant (as I'm proficient in clipping the ball to the leg-side and cover driving the ball with pure timing).