Glenn Maxwell hits back at Ian Chappell, claims switch hit is not illegal


While the One Day International series between India and Australia has finished and the hosts won it by 2-1, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s switch hit came in the limelight. The in-form all-rounder punished Indian with his innovative shots which didn’t go well with Ian Chappell, the former Australia captain Ian Chappell, who referred to it as “blatantly unfair”

The 77-year-old veteran cricketer had said to the Wide World of Sports that Switch-hitting is amazingly skilful, but it’s not fair as well for the fielding team. However, Glenn Maxwell sees nothing wrong in it, calling it as a “different part” of cricket’s evolution over the years as well. Notably, a switch hit sees a batsman changes the order of his hands (from left-handed to right-handed grip or vice-versa) after the bowler starts his run-up.

“…it is within the laws of the game. Batting has evolved in such a way, that it has got better and better over the years, which is why we see these massive scores are getting chased down and the scores are going up,” Maxwell said when he was asked about Chappell’s comments after the ODI series.

However, Maxwell came with a solution to restrict batsman as he urged the bowlers to come up with a different plan to dismiss the batsman who goes for the switch hit. He shared that batsmen have evolved over the years and bowlers should also try some innovate ways as well.

“And I suppose it is up-to the bowlers to try and combat that,” he said. “I suppose the skills of bowlers have been tested everyday with bowlers having to come up with different change-ups, different ways to stop batters,” Maxwell said at the post-match press conference after the third ODI against India. “…we see guys come up with knuckle-balls and wide yorker fields and different tactics. And the tactics of ODI cricket have definitely evolved, so I just see it (switch hit) as a different part of the evolution of the game.”

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