The top hand will take hold of the bat’s top part of the handle. The index finger’s top part and the thump’s top part will form a “V” with the knuckle of the index finger in line with the middle of the top part of the bat.Playing more front foot strokes like drives and cut shots require a firm and powerful top hand follow through. If the top hand is more prominent, it generates more power than the bottom hand which produces a stable technique and correct bat angle.The grip for the top hand should be firm on the bat. Upon impact from the ball it must not turn in the batsman’s hands while playing shots. This can cause top edges because the full face was turned toward the side and the ball hitting these edges – most of the time – seems to find hands willing to catch the ball in the field. Watch video in link below
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Adam Gilchrist and the Squash Ball. Adam Gilchrist was famous for using a squash ball, gripping it between the bat handle and the top hand. He squeezed it hard with the top hand to ensure that the bat does not turn and the hand provides all the superior force when playing shots. This was discovered only after he played a masterful 149 from 104 balls in the 2007 Cricket World Cup final in Bridgetown. This caused a huge stir as it was suggested that it was not lawful. However, no laws was breached. It was clever innovative batsmanship!Cricket Batsman Tips – Bottom Hand Grip The bottom hand will grab hold of the bat in the region of the bottom of the handle. The thumb and the knuckle of the index finger will also form a “V”.Preferably only the front finger and the thump will grip the bat with the rest of the fingers only “resting” on the handle of the bat. The bottom hand should not grip the bat too tight and should only provide guidance in most forward shots. Too much power will result in shots.