After having a bad season in the Indian Premier League 2020 in Dubai, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has returned in his zone and he is currently enjoying a sublime form in the ongoing ODI series against India. He has already shown his swashbuckling form in the first two games, amassing 110 runs which also included two half-centuries.
Maxwell has provided more stability in the middle-order and while doing so, he has smashed a few of his trademark switch hits to punish the Indian bowlers. However, former Australian batsman, Ian Chappell didn’t like his shots and said that switch-hitting is unfair to the bowler and the fielding team and even asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban them as well.
During a recent conversation with Wide World of Sports, Chappell said that it’s not only annoying but extremely unfair also when a batsman becomes opposite-handed’ and started punishing the opponents.
“The Australian batting has been exceptional. They’ve made it look pretty easy … particularly Smith and Maxwell, some of the shots he plays are hard to believe. [Switch-hitting] is very skillful, some of its amazingly skillful – but it’s not fair,” Chappell was quoted as saying.
“How can one side of the game, i.e. the bowlers, they have to tell the umpire how they’re going to bowl. And yet the batsman, he lines up as a right-hander – I’m the fielding captain, I place the field for the right-hander – and before the ball’s been delivered, the batsman becomes a left-hander,” Ian Chappell further shared. “If he’s good enough to do it by excellent footwork or whatever other means he can devise, I don’t have a problem with it. But when it’s blatantly unfair, it annoys the hell out of me.”
“It’s very simple. Maxwell hit a couple of [switch-hit] shots and Warner did [Sunday] night. All you’ve got to say is that if the batsman changes the order of his hands or his feet [as the bowler runs in], then it’s an illegal shot,” he concluded.
However, India have lost the three-match ODI series to mighty Australia by 2-0 with one game to spare. Third ODI will take place on December 2.
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