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Reverse Sweep

I was browsing through, when i noticed a review of the cricket match between England and New Zealand. I have been engrossed with the happenings of Euro 2008, that i had in fact forgotten to tune into the ‘boring 50 over’ cricket channel. But leaving that aside, this match would not have stirred any interest but for the fact that Kevin Pietersen hit his sixth century. To be more precise, he reverse swept two sixes on his way to his century.

The most important aspect to note about his shot, apart from it being mouth watering, is the change in grip before he plays the ball. In the normal stance, the right hand is the bottom hand. In this particular shot, he transforms his left hand into the bottom hand, after the bowler releases the ball. So, in the blink of an eye, he is a left handed batsman.

I have not read the rules of cricket, but i have heard famous commentators long enough to realize that, this is a breach of the ethical rules of the game
. How can a right handed batsman change into a left handed batsman, when it is not possible for a right arm bowler to bowl with his left arm without prior notification. Doesn’t this do great injustice to the bowlers, who, as can be clearly seen, are being dominated in recent tournaments such as T20.

I personally suggest that this shot should be prohibited from the game of cricket. Else bowlers should be given leeway to change their bowling arm or their guard without prior notification, so as to bring a sense of balance into the game. Perhaps this might make the game more interesting. 💡


June 16, 2008 - Posted by | Sports


  1. I agree. It is a illegal shot.

    Comment by Ottayan | June 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. I would kick the ball with my leg. Suits me better

    Comment by Arun M | June 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. ya!!ur absolutely right!!!

    Comment by adi | June 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. Er.. I haven’t yet thought in this angle. But not all batsmen can play this shot. Many have got out trying to play this shot.
    Anyway, I dont think that batsmen fully dominated the T-20 series. We saw some brilliant bowling performances as well!

    Comment by Narain | June 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. the ball is in play when the bowler starts his run up.. that is why the concept of dead ball…

    the batsman is innovating when he changes his grip, and with that the batsman loses a few crucial seconds which can be used by a smart bowler.

    the bowler can innovate with the variety of balls in his armour.. the innovative shots are the variety the batsman has..

    Comment by ankit | June 20, 2008 | Reply

  6. kp hits the ball out of the ground irrespective of the bowler.
    wht it means in swapping or playin de switch stroke, anyways they are gonna fetch the ball out of the park!!
    its probly the genius of kp is affecting them!!
    kp is playin excellent cricket n let him continue doin so!!

    Comment by Ananth | June 20, 2008 | Reply

  7. I personally feel that that was an awesome skilled shot in his part whether legal or not, who cares! It was a great feast for the eyes!

    Comment by Praveen | June 21, 2008 | Reply

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