Top 10 Masters of the Cut Shot in Cricket Today

Chris Teale@@chris_tealeFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

Top 10 Masters of the Cut Shot in Cricket Today

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    One of the hardest shots to master in cricket, when played well the cut is truly a breath-taking sight.

    Think of players like Gordon Greenidge or Marcus Trescothick meeting a short and wide ball at the top of its bounce and sending it whistling to the point boundary.

    Read on for the 10 best exponents of this shot who currently play the game.

Honorable Mentions

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    Rohit Sharma: Particularly strong through the off-side, India’s Rohit Sharma has a fearsome square cut.

    Coupled with the other tremendous shots he plays, it presents a real challenge for opposition bowlers.

    Graeme Smith: A strong hitter of the ball on either side of the wicket South African Graeme Smith punishes anything short outside his off stump.

    England found this out in 2003 as he piled on the runs against their struggling bowling attack.

No. 10: Ian Bell

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    At No. 10 is England batsman Ian Bell, a delightful batsman who is particularly strong through the off-side.

    With the potential to destroy any fast bowler when he is in form, Bell’s square cut is a particularly punishing shot.

No. 9: Brendon McCullum

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    New Zealand's destructive wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum is up next, thanks to his enormous strength in playing this shot.

    With the ability to flay any attack around, his square cut punishes any delivery that drops even slightly short.

No. 8: Tillakaratne Dilshan

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    Next comes Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan, a man known for his cheeky "Dilscoop" but who is also strong on the cut.

No. 7: Kevin Pietersen

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    In at No. 7 comes Kevin Pietersen of England, another batsman with the power to dismantle any bowling attack.

    Strong all around the wicket, his cut shot is made all the more effective when he uses his height to power right through the ball.

No. 6: Virat Kohli

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    Virat Kohli has seemingly taken on Sachin Tendulkar’s mantle of being India’s batting superstar.

    Kohli also has Tendulkar’s penchant for the square cut, a shot he is capable of playing against any bowler.

No. 5: Mahela Jayawardene

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    Sri Lanka gain another entry in this list, as Mahela Jayawardene comes in at No. 5.

    With the ability to score runs all around the wicket, he is always quick to punish any bowler who may stray wide of his off stump.

No. 4: Michael Clarke

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    Michael Clarke loves compiling big scores, and his square cuts help him score a lot of runs.

    Aided by the quick and bouncy pitches in Australia, Clarke is brutal when given the opportunity to score square of the wicket.

No. 3: Alastair Cook

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    The cut is a shot adored by opening batsmen, and England’s Alastair Cook is another to have mastered the shot.

    He is another player who likes to build a long innings, and the cut is a shot he often pulls out to ensure the runs keep flowing.

No. 2: Chris Gayle

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    The most powerful opener in world cricket—Chris Gayle plays such a vast array of shots it is easy to forget how powerful his square cut can be.

    Another who can use his height to his advantage, Gayle punishes even the slightest mistake in line and length with a pummelling shot past point.

No. 1: Kumar Sangakkara

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    Top of this list is one of the world’s best batsmen. Kumar Sangakkara has a beautiful cut shot.

    In more than 500 international matches, Sangakkara has destroyed even the best bowling attacks, and while his cut is no more brutal than any other, it is always timed to perfection.