reverse sweep



  • noun an unorthodox batting stroke in which – just as in a conventional sweep – the batsman adopts a half-kneeling position with the front foot well forward and hits the ball with a long sweeping movement of the bat, with the important difference that the wrists are turned over and the bat is swung from leg towards off, sending the ball into the third man area. The reverse sweep ‘combines a right-hander’s body position – left foot forward, right knee on the ground … with a left-hander’s horizontal swing of the bat’ (Simon Briggs, Wisden 2003).
    Citation ‘He [Duleepsinhji] did play in that match and, by all accounts, played the first reverse sweep, which so astonished the Parsee bowler Kapadia that he appealed to the umpire’ (Bose 1990, 65)
  • verb to hit the ball into the off-side area when playing a reverse sweep
    Citation ‘He swung the first ball of this new over for two, and reverse-swept the next for four more’ (Berry 1982)
    Citation ‘His most spectacular shot came moments before he fell leg-before to Muralitharan, a languid reverse sweep for six. Jonty Rhodes once reverse-swept Murali for six in a one-day international in Colombo, but it might well be unique in Test history’ (David Hopps, Guardian 27 May 2006)