So, does he have to tell the umpire how he bowling the next ball? Does the batsman tell the umpire that he is going to play the switch/reverse hit? If the reverse hit is legal and the batsman does not tell the umpire before hand, then this should also be legal and the bowler need not tell the umpire how he is going to bowl and Arm Me with books not bullets join the movement shirt. I’m sure they will call it a dead ball if the bowler just switches before delivery.
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Failure to do that would cause the Umpire to “no ball” the delivery. So, unless the rules have changed in recent times, he has to declare his intention before he starts bowling or if he makes any change in his declaration. As for a batsman switch-hitting/reverse-hitting, as of now, his initial stance is what counts. That’s why, if the ball that’s pitched outside his off stump, raps him on the pads while reverse sweeping, would, if in line with and Arm Me with books not bullets join the movement shirt, render his dismissal. Just because he’s switched his stance, it would not turn his off-side into leg-side. Personally, I think it is fine as it is….for now.
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Rangarajan Vembar I disagree. It is a batsman’s game but a batsman must know where the bowler is bowling from. That is his right. The batsman must have the freedom to hit the ball in any direction. That is his right too. There should be no restriction on how he executes the shot and Arm Me with books not bullets join the movement shirt. So, if a right handed batsman suddenly becomes left handed, a ball bowled outside his (now) leg stump can’t be a wide ball and he can be given out as a right handed batsman. Am I right?