Greater variety in innovative shots affecting Test batting: Adam Gilchrist

With the advent of the shortest version of the game and batsmen manufacturing out of the book shots, the dashing opener maintains he followed tradition and was just a "plain hitter".

updated: April 27, 2013 21:43 IST
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Kolkata: Adam Gilchrist, who redefined power hitting in the shorter versions of cricket, says while the variety and frequency of innovative shots have increased following the advent of the Twenty20 format, they are also affecting Test match batting.

"Obviously innovations have been there in the game earlier, it is just that the frequency of innovative shots have increased manifold.

I was flabbergasted to see (South African) Jonty Rhodes play a reverse sweep in the 1990s, not the dab, but the hard smack for six, in 1997. So innovation isn't new but the variety is increasing," he said.

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