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Ian Chappell Thinks Switch Hit Should Be Considered a Dead Ball - Here's Why

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Last Updated: December 07, 2020, 17:31 IST

Glenn Maxwell - The man nicknamed 'The Big Show' has found a niche for himself as a finisher in ODI cricket for Australia. The fact that he makes this list is doubly impressive given he only played six innings, most of them while coming in to bat lower down the order. His 353 runs - that included 3 fifties and a hundred with a strike rate of 145.26 - were all useful for Australia and they will hope he maintains his current form.

Glenn Maxwell - The man nicknamed 'The Big Show' has found a niche for himself as a finisher in ODI cricket for Australia. The fact that he makes this list is doubly impressive given he only played six innings, most of them while coming in to bat lower down the order. His 353 runs - that included 3 fifties and a hundred with a strike rate of 145.26 - were all useful for Australia and they will hope he maintains his current form.

Ian Chappell has now urged umpires to declare the ball as a dead ball if a batsman tries to switch hit.

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has criticised the art of switch hitting recently. The switch hit found itself back in the buzz when Australia’s Glenn Maxwell hit a delivery by Kuldeep Yadav by changing his batting hand at the last moment at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Chappell has urged umpires to declare the ball as a dead ball if a batsman tries to switch hit. He says this is needed because by not penalizing switch hit, the bowlers are left at a disadvantage.

Bowlers and captains place the fielders depending upon the delivery they wish to bowl and the hand that the batsman uses. But if the batsman switches their batting hand after the ball has been released, the entire fielding setup becomes useless.

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In the recent Canberra game as well, Maxwell was facing Yadav in his normal right handed fashion when he suddenly altered his stance and grip on the bat to effectively become a left-hander.

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Writing for ESPNCricinfo, Chappell said although the shot was excellent, it was not fair to the bowler or the balling side.

“One of the main tasks of a cricket administrator is to frame laws that maintain a reasonable balance between bat and ball. If the laws or playing conditions favour one or the other unfairly then the game becomes a diminished contest,” wrote the former player.

He also devised a way to hold a batsman accountable for a switch hit. He said, “The square-leg umpire is already paying close attention to the batsman’s feet in case there is a stumping, so he’ll notice any change of order.

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“If a batsman changes the order of his feet, then the square-leg umpire ought to simply declare the ball dead and no runs result.”

If no runs get awarded for a switch hit and the ball gets declared dead, there will be no initiative left for a batsman to switch their leg and hands for a switch hit. A spectacle of a shot will no longer remain but the game will get more balanced.

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first published:December 07, 2020, 17:31 IST
last updated:December 07, 2020, 17:31 IST