'I Don't See We Can Take This Popular Stroke Away From The Batsmen'- Sourav Ganguly Opens Up On The Switch-Hit Conundrum

‘I Don’t See We Can Take This Popular Stroke Away From The Batsmen’- Sourav Ganguly Opens Up On The Switch-Hit Conundrum

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (Credits - Twitter)

Former Indian skipper and the current BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the entire Switch-Hit controversy and shared his views as to what he thinks on the complete conundrum that has been created.

Notably, Glenn Maxwell’s switch-hit against India in the recent series didn’t go down too well with former Australian legend Ian Chappel and he went on to say that the shot must be banned as it is unfair for the bowlers.

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Ian Chappell. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ian Chappell Had Gone Down Hard On The Switch Hit

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

“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.

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Simon Taufel. Getty Images

Former umpire Simon Taufel had said it’s impossible to ban switch hits as the umpires already have too many things to do.

“The game of cricket is not a science, it’s an art. We’re not perfect,” the former ICC Elite Panel umpire was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

Sourav Ganguly Reacts To The Entire Controversy

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has now opened up on the entire controversy and said that the game has evolved over the years and such type of shots are a product of that evolution. Ganguly said that these shots can not be taken away from the modern-day batsmen.

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Sourav Ganguly at the Eden Gardens (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

“The game has moved on, so I don’t see we can take away this popular stroke from the modern-day batsmen,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by Mid Day.

With the evolution of multiple formats over the years, the batsmen have now moved from the orthodox and conventional techniques of batting. And the modern-day techniques have produced great results and modern-day players including the South African, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. In such a scenario, it will be unfair on the batsmen part to ban any sort of shot being played in world cricket.

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