Never practised switch-hit, says Peterson

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 13:31 [IST]
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'Both the shots were played by instinct'

Mohali, Apr 26: Mumbai Indians Robin Peterson has revealed that he never practised switch-hit and surprised everyone by executing a reverse sweep and followed it up with a switch-hit off the first two balls he faced in the match against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

Kings XI Punjab were happy with the team's performance as they restricted Mumbai to 137/6 in 18 overs. With 32 required from 12 balls, it was Kings XI's game but the 19th over off Piyush Chawla made the difference as Peterson hit 2 boundaries and a six and handed over the strike to Rayudu who hit two huge hits to the stands to score 27 runs in the over.

While the first one was a reverse sweep, the second was even better as he got the switch-hit, then a conventional slog, which made the over and the innings very special.

"The switch hit and reverse shots were played by instinct. I had not practised them. But I am happy my innings helped the team win. It is nice to get over the line in such close games. Such wins act as a catalyst for the team," said Peterson after his match-winning innings against Kings XI Punjab.

While the 32- year old also praised Ambati Rayudu for his cool and composed innings.

"Ambati has a good head over his shoulders. Both of us were trying to keep things calm and luckily the 19th over came good for us," he said.

Switch-hit has gained a lot of importance over the last few days as many cricketers have spoken about exceptional skills required to execute the controversial shot, which draws attention and this one in particular needs a lot of courage as Peterson attempted a reverse sweep first and then followed it up with a switch-hit.


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