Innovation is definitely the need of the hour in cricket. With the game’s authorities changing the rules every now and then in order to make the game more entertaining for the fans, batsmen and bowlers need to be innovative in order to succeed. In the last few years, one has seen the batsmen and bowlers coming up with different variations with the shots and deliveries respectively to excel.
One of the innovations was the scoop shot where the batsmen hit the ball behind the stumps. The likes of Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan are some of the earliest exponents of this shot. Almost every batsmen play the scoop shot more or less in same fashion. However, Otago Volts’ Neil Broom recently played a scoop shot that is bound to leave many stunned.
Outrageous is perhaps the only word to describe that shot from Broom against Wellington Firebirds in the Ford Trophy. Broom was ready to play the scoop shot even before the ball was bowled and the bowler understood it. As Broom was moving towards his right in order to make room for the scoop, the bowler bowled a shot delivery.
However, it did not make any difference as the right-handed batsman jumped at his place and hit the ball straight over his head and behind everyone for boundary.
Here is a clip of that shot from Neil Broom:
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Otago win thriller:
Talking about the match, Neil Broom’s 112-run innings helped Otago Volts win the match against Wellington by 2 runs. Batting first, Otago scored 262 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs. Broom top-scored for his side while Mitch Renwick scored 50.
In reply, Wellington were all out for 260 with two balls to spare. Malcolm Nofal top-scored for his side, scoring 87 while Devon Conway scored 70.