Sachin supports switch-hitting

Updated: 08 November 2009 15:31 IST

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has come out in support of switch-htting technique that has divided the cricket pundits in separate camps.

Sachin supports switch-hitting

New Delhi:

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has come out in support of switch-htting technique that has divided the cricket pundits in separate camps.

He believes Kevin Pietersen's controversial switch-hitting technique should not be banned, instead cricket's laws needed clarifying.

England batsmen Pietersen sparked a debate last month when, before the bowler reached his delivery stride, he switched to a left-hander's grip and stance and twice hit New Zealand's Scott Styris for six in a One-Day International.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodians of the game's laws, quickly convened to discuss the tactic and announced that the innovation conformed to the existing rules.

Tendulkar, however, feels the approach needs more thought.

"I think they will have to look at it far more closely than has been done; it changes the laws," he told Reuters on Sunday.

"It's about lbw decisions, how are you going to decide which is off stump and which is leg?

"My opinion is that when a right-handed batsman takes his guard it doesn't matter which shot he plays, he's a right hander and the field can be set accordingly.

"The moment a right-handed batsman becomes a left hander and changes his grip, changes his stance, then if you've got three slips you have three leg slips -- and it's a no ball.

"It's far more complicated than it appears, the best option is probably to stick to if he's a right hander, it doesn't matter where the ball pitches, the off stump will always be off stump."

Tendulkar, an all-time great of the Test game and the most successful One-Day International batsman with more than 16,000 runs to his name, is not against progress, however.

He has embraced Twenty20 cricket, though injury restricted his appearances in the Indian Premier League, and says the constantly evolving challenge between bat and ball will always throw up such advances.

"These are the natural changes and innovations of the game," he said. "Close to 10 years ago, when (former Zimbabwe batsman) Andy Flower started playing reverse sweep I said that in the next five years this would become a common shot. Now many batsmen play it and in time more innovations will come from batsmen and bowlers."



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