Sachin Tendulkar may have hit the pitch as soon as he came to the crease. Once Bryan Lara has scored a boundary, he will come out of the crease and stab the non-striker with the bat on the pitch. All this has been discovered on television and the pitch will be pierced in cricket too! Tendulkar, Lara, Dravid and Ponting may not have been stabbed with a pitch bat, but many have tried it in cricket, for sure.
There are a number of reasons why professional batters look pierced with the bat on the pitch. The important thing is to study the nature of the pitch. The pitch is often of a predictable nature. The bounce of the ball on the pitch will be different if there is wetness or crack. In the middle overs, the situation will not be the same when it comes to opening. Therefore, each new batter on the crease will pierce the pitch. If the ball bounces, the batter will leave the crease to prepare for the next ball. The bat is used to make some markings on the pitch as if recognizing the line and length of the ball.
The process also involves tactics used by the batsmen to distract the bowlers and distract them. If there are small layers of clay or stones on the pitch, they are removed by tapping with a bat. This will also confuse the bowlers. The bowler feels that he is studying every microbe on the batter pitch.
Batters often check the pitch in this way when playing a long innings in Test cricket. This is to increase concentration and think about the competition. In ODI cricket, this tactic is used to communicate with a non-striker. Even the non-striker sometimes pierces the pitch bat to communicate with the striker to keep secret the gaps in the field.