I'm curious to know who all of you think was the best player of the reverse sweep. Two obvious candidates spring to my mind:
Andy Flower and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Flower was the original and the master over the course of my cricket-viewing lifetime, but Chanders is the remix, and makes the shot incredibly attractive to watch.
I think Andy Flower just sticks in my head in a really negative way. He used to destroy India with his sweeping and reverse sweeping. And it just looked so ugly compared with every other stroke I've seen.
But my bias against the stroke flipped when I saw Chanders unleash it in the 2003 world cup against South Africa (I think?). Chanderpaul has played the smoothest reverse sweeps I've ever seen. I think scientists at NASA are still trying to figure out how a reverse sweep can look smoother than butter.
Thoughts and other worthy names?