Thought I would dig this up, there is a lot of discussion on Sky today about whether or not the reverse sweep should be legal. I know CWers have been against it in the past, what do we think today?
It shouldn't be illegal IMO (its great viewing, why make illegal something that fans are naturally intrigued by?), but what should happen is that a bowler shouldn't be penalised with a wide if the batsman misses it.
Chappelli's been backing that change of rule for a while now.
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... in that the strict leg-side application of "wide" shouldn't apply, or that it shouldn't be wide at all?
How would you make a shot illegal anyway? There's no precedent!
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So if you fire it down leg if you see them changing their stance for a reverse sweep, and it now sort of becomes their 'off side', and they miss it, that's the sacrifice they make for changing their stance.
Sort of agree with Holding that it does seem unfair to the bowler. KP wasn't reverse sweeping today, he was actually playing as a left-hander. Amazing talent, obv.
The LBW law to be applied for the stance the shot is played in rather than the stance when the bowler began his run, anyone?
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I love playing the reverse sweep, particularly against seam bowlers. Well, more of a reverse deflection than a sweep, but the same intent. Usually legside fields are set for me (even though I'm a weaker legside player ) so I just try to toy with the field when the ball is on or outside offstump.
That said, the last time I played it (on Tuesday) it was totally premeditated and the ball ballooned off my glove to the 'keeper. Was pretty embarrassing.
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I used to love the sweep shot too, but due to lack of cricket in general, I've become pretty shocking at it. Now if I play it, it's a paddle sweep to the quicker bowlers, using the pace of the ball. Came in pretty handy when I played some T20 wind ball cricket a couple of years ago.
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You can't start regulating shots like that, or else you'll kill improvisation and creativity in general.
FWIW I love the reverse sweep, just trying to get some discussion going tbh
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