Does the bat hit the ball or does the ball hit the bat?
Where does the intent and ascendancy in this contest originate?
The question arose during a conversation with a fast bowler (clocked at 144+ kmh) at first class level. As it turns out a rather thoughtful fast bowler who has recently achieved academic qualifications that gives balance to the melon picking experience on his career resume.
It was revealed from his bowling view that he is not just trying to hit the bat hard or beat the bat at pace. The intent was to hit the keepers gloves hard, at pace. Logic suggests the rest takes care of itself. Or does it? Is this a secret within bowlers who are recognised as having the skill to bowl a “heavy ball.”
Heavy ball – When a delivery is quicker than it looks and hits the bat harder or higher than is expected (Source: A glossary of cricket terms…..rather useful).
Flip the view around to the batsman. Does the opposite simply apply in that he believes that the bat hits the ball?
We pondered and politely argued the merits of both.
The end result. Probably a draw. For now.