Since the evolution of T20 cricket, players, batsmen in particular have innovated their game to another level. Some of those innovations have become so regular that they don’t excite fans anymore while some still take the world by storm. Without ranking them, we will look at 5 most outrageous shots hit by the batsmen.
- Before going forward, it’s worth mentioning that the choice of the shots is very subjective and there are plenty of scope for agreements and disagreements.
Glenn Phillips reverse hook
Glenn Phillips, a Kiwi right hander broke the internet when he attempted a reverse hook shot in a Ford Trophy clash against Otago. Phillips played a delightful inning of 156 in the ODI fixture but it was his ridiculous switch hit which grabbed the eyeballs. Here is the video of Phillips’ extraordinary innovation.
Name this shot 👇 pic.twitter.com/lf0uyje5sU
— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2019
Phillips insane shot did not just make him trend overnight on internet but also helped his team to win the all important fixture by 97 runs. He was equally supported by Martin Guptill who also chipped in with a 100.
AB de villiers reverse scooping a yorker
While the one from Phillips is extremely fresh, this one is from the archives. AB de villiers is the king of innovation. He introduced some crazy shots to the world which he has gone on to repeat on a regular basis except this one.
Mumbai Indians after losing their first four games came to Bangalore to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2015. Thanks to a collective batting performance, they set a total of 209 on board. Chasing 210, RCB looked down & out of the game until AB arrived (at 62-3) and started bashing MI bowlers. Even their seasoned campaigner Lasith Malinga had no answer to the AB storm.
Watch the incredible shot here :
Despite all the late flourish coming from De villiers who scored 41 runs in only 11 balls, RCB failed to win the game but the reverse scoop from the back of AB’s bat became the talk of the town for sure.
Jos Buttler’s bizarre hit over the keeper
Playing for Sydney Thunders in Australian franchise T20 competition Big Bash League, English wicket keeper batsman Jos Buttler left everyone stunned when he successfully executed a reverse scoop shot over the wicket keeper out of nowhere.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 2, 2019
The shot fetched him four runs helping him to get to his 50. It was a length ball from Perth Scorchers pacer Nathan Coulter Nile. Buttler had to wait endlessly to make the best use of it. He jabbed his shoulders to give the ball enough lift to hit it over the keeper. Buttler tried that shot again but ended up hitting his own stumps with his bat which goes on to talk about difficulty level of that particular shot.
Sydney Thunders eventually defeated Perth Scorchers by 1 run.
Kevin Pietersen switch hit
The shot switch hit has become a norm today with batsmen trying it out in almost every game. It wasn’t the case 11 years ago when a courageous Kevin Pietersen decided to switch his grip on the bat as he turned lefty from his usual right handed batting position in less than a second.
The shot becomes even more special because it was tried against a medium pacer where you have very little time to change the grip and execute the shot perfectly. Take a look
The reaction from Scott Styris summed up the whole story. Batsmen often like to play behind square and not in front of it while attempting this shot. Not on this occasion though as Kevin cleared what would have been the sweeper cover boundary in his normal batting position for 6.
Brendon Mccullum hitting Shaun Tait behind the keeper for a six
Brendon Mccullum is one player whom cricket world will remember for so many innovations which isn’t just limited to his batting. During 2015 WC, he showed the way how an opener should bat to make full use of field restrictions. He also set an example for captains by his all out attack approach regardless of the match situation.
These things are surely the tesn 150 clicks. It was the 18th over of New Zealand inning with the score reading 181-6 when Mccullum, popularly known as Bazz decided to take on Tait.timonial of the guts he carried within himself and only a batsman with unbelievable courage can dare to lap sweep a bowler who bowls at more than 150 kmph.
It was a decent ball outside off stump but to which Mccullum had already committed to play behind the wicket. Fortunately for him, he was able to made connection with the ball which sailed over the boundary. His reaction after getting back on the feet showed how much did he admire his own shot.