Ford Trophy 2019-20: Glenn Phillips plays an audacious reverse pull shot against Otago

Phillips was in excellent touch in the game and went on to smash 156 runs.

Glenn Philips
Glenn Philips. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Gone are the days when batsmen used to play normal cricketing shots in the limited-overs format as well and we got to see innovative hitting only during the last few overs of the game. The invention of T20 cricket and now T10 cricket has also forced the batsmen to get inventive and viewers are now getting to witness amazing and risky shots being tried by batsmen everywhere in the world on a regular basis.

Bowlers have some restrictions when it comes to delivering a ball, given that they have to inform the umpire and batsmen if they wish to change the hand with which they are bowling. They also need to give a prior intimation about changing their actions. However, batsmen, on the other hand, have the freedom to do anything at the crease and New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips took this liberty to new heights with his amazingly gutsy reverse-pull type of shot recently.


Glenn Phillips’ amazing pull shot over the head of the wicketkeeper

During a Ford Trophy match between Otago and Auckland on Wednesday, the New Zealand batsman Glenn Phillips reminded everyone why he is considered to be one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the country. Phillips along with Martin Guptill scored amazing centuries put the team in the ascendancy.

Meanwhile, the moment of the match came when Phillips during his scintillating 156, decided to hit an audacious reverse pull shot off Otago’s Matthew Bacon. In order to play this shot, he had taken a stance outside the leg stump and when Bacon pitched the short delivery outside off stump, Phillips helped the ball towards the off-side boundary with his switch pull.

Phillips, during his exceptional 156-run knock, hit 16 fours and three sixes. Along with Martin Guptill who scored 117 runs, he put on a big partnership of 235 runs for the second wicket and took the Auckland team to a good, imposing total of 310 runs. Otago tried their best, but only managed to make 213 runs with Neil Broom top-scoring with 66 runs and Nathan Smith making 43 runs, losing by 97 runs.

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