Kevin Pietersen said: “That is a new shot, played today” after twice reversing his stance and whopping Scott Styris for six. No it isn’t. It’s batting left-handed. People have been batting left-handed for a while now.
It’s a new approach though, even if it’s not a new shot. Is it unfair? Batting wrong-handed should be anything but an advantage if you take field placings out of consideration.
One of the best things we’ve heard said about it came from Nasser Hussain, who basically advocated Bodyline. If the batsman reverses his stance and you find yourself with three leg slips and a leg gully all of a sudden, then bowl to that field.
Not that one-day cricket often features three slips and a gully, but that’s one-day cricket. It’s about hitting boundaries, not taking wickets. Would a batsman be so keen to ‘switch hit’ in a Test? The hook shot’s tricky enough when you play it the usual way round.