The Top 10 Cover Drivers in Cricket Today

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The Top 10 Cover Drivers in Cricket Today
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There are certain moments in sport that making make even the most cynical and jaded fan purr with pleasure.

In football, it could a long shot into the top corner, an inch-perfect through ball or a superbly timed sliding tackle.

In rugby, perhaps a flowing, passing move ending with the winger going over for a try in the corner.

But in cricket, from a batsman's perspective anyway, the cover drive is high up the list.

It's the seemingly effortless flow of the blade, running through the ball and dispatching it like a tracer-bullet to bisect the off-side field and race to the boundary for four.

There are different executions of the shot. Some players get their foot right to the pitch of the ball and almost rock down on to one knee to caress the ball through the covers. Others rely more on timing and hand-to-eye coordination to unleash the ball to the ropes.

Either way, it is one of the game's greatest sights. Here are the 10 best cover drivers of the modern era, ranked in purely aesthetical order.



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