Free Press Journal (India) – Mumbai: Batsmen are allowed considerable leeway in experimenting with their shots – we have been witness to MS Dhoni’s unconventional ‘helicopter’ shot and Andy Flower’s ‘reverse sweep,’ not to forget David Warner’s ‘switch hit,’ which involves complete change in the grip of the batsman before the bowler delivers the ball.

Summary

  • Mumbai: Batsmen are allowed considerable leeway in experimenting with their shots – we have been witness to MS Dhoni’s unconventional ‘helicopter’ shot and Andy Flower’s ‘reverse sweep,’ not to forget David Warner’s ‘switch hit,’ which involves complete change in the grip of the batsman before the bowler delivers the ball.
  • So, when Uttar Pradesh’s left-arm spinner Shiva Singh, playing in a CK Nayudu Trophy match, attempted a full 360 degree about-turn in his run-up, the batsmen as well as the umpires were flummoxed and the latter signalled a ‘dead ball’.
  • One cricket buff felt if the reverse sweep/hit is legitimate in the rule book, then maybe umpires could be a little considerate to the bowler in a batsmen dominated game.
  • “Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch hit against bowlers but when bowlers do something like this it’s deemed a dead ball.”
  • Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has come to the defence of the young bowler, calling in a great piece of innovation in an attempt to quell the increasingly growing advantages of batsmen.

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