• noun
    (written as on drive)
    a form of drive, played to a good length ball pitching on or just outside leg stump, in which the ball is sent into the area between mid-on and mid-wicket. Described by John Arlott (1983) as ‘the most difficult to play’ of all the batting strokes, the on drive involves a rather complex movement in which the batsman’s weight is shifted simultaneously forward and towards the on-side.
  • verb to hit the ball when playing an on drive
    Citation ‘Colin Wells on-drove Emburey for successive sixes and Barclay moved steadily to his unbeaten half-century’ (Patrick Barclay, Guardian 31 May 1983)