While we’re of a mindset these days that all of the power hitting since 1993 or so is a function of PEDs, hitting for power can be, to some extent, a choice. Sure, PEDs happened (and are happening) and small ballparks and other things have contributed greatly to increased power numbers, but players making a conscious decision to hit with an uppercut instead of a chopping motion and organizations eschewing the dogma of smallball altogether have probably had a lot to do with it too.
If you don’t believe that, check out what’s happening in cricket:
THIS was batting, but not as we know it, even in a game that isn’t cricket as we know it. In the space of 43 breathtaking deliveries, yielding 89 runs, wunderkind David Warner redefined power-hitting at the MCG on Sunday night.
The ground has been witness to power-hitting before but has not seen shots played like this, for many of Warner’s towering hits in the Twenty20 match against South Africa owed as much to baseball as to cricket.
There is a good reason for that — it is how he has been training and how the new generation of young players have been instructed to play.
“It is a new way of batting to develop power-hitting for this game,” said Cricket NSW high performance manager Alan Campbell, who has been monitoring Warner since he was a promising 12-year-old. “The advent of Twenty20 cricket has meant that our model is to teach our players to power-hit to all parts of the ground in a non-traditional manner.
Prediction: the rise of the power game in cricket will cause some to turn to PEDs, and when they’re caught, the whole philosophy will be trashed along with it. Then, 15 or 20 years from now, some former Member of Parliament will be commissioned to write a report whitewashing it all.