It seems that the debate over the ‘Switch-hit’ is becoming a heated controversial issue as several cricketers have shared their views on it. And, now Australian Great Shane Warne has also jumped into it, and surprisingly, he held the points of Ian Chappell right over this issue.

Chappell encouraged Indian players to revolt against the switch-hit

Significantly, former Australian captain Ian Chappell shared his views last week, on the switch-hit made by Australian All-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the match against India. Chappell held these shots illegal and frustrating.

According to Chappell, a bowler has to tell Umpire from which end he or she is bowling but he can’t switch his end during the action. If he does, it is illegal and actions are taken upon him. But batsmen do the same, it is said entertaining and innovative.

Chappell added that a captain sets field according to the batsman whether he is right hand or left hand but players like Maxwell switch their positions and hit as a lefty frustrates the bowler and captain because they have set the field per the nature of his batting.

Chappell encouraged Indian players to stand against this practice and challenge it to ICC. He said that if he were a captain, he would have asked Umpire to bowl from the right end and then during the action, he would have turned to the left end. If Umpire complains which is obvious, I am going to ask him to do the same with the batsman.

Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has different views on this. According to him, the bowler has to become a litter better. If they become more aware then they can avoid those last moments changes claimed by Healy.

Healy finds the shot tricky and innovative, and entertaining. Former Australian spinner Kerry O’ Keefe has the same thoughts as Healy.

But Cricket Legend Shane Warne has completely different opinions and surprisingly he sided with Chappell on this heated issue. According to Warne, as a bowler, he has to make it clear from which end he is gonna ball. 

He added that just think of it, that he is setting his field for a right-hand batsman and then there comes the switch hit which means he is bowling to a left-hand batsman who has pretended like a right handy.

Though in the end, he said that he isn’t sure he would like it or not but one thing is clear if it right, then he will come up and then bowl over the stumps behind the umpire.


Well, everyone has their views on this. We have to see that too that not every player plays the shot correctly. Sometimes it advantages the bowler as it is a risky shot to play. 

What do you think about the shot? What are your Opinions? Share with us!


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