Top 10 most innovative batsmen among active cricketers

Top 10 most innovative batsmen among active cricketers

The classic shots by batsmen have fetched them a great fan base over time.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo Source: Twitter)

‘Innovation!’ It is the word which has created a lot of buzz in the modern era. With the advent of T20 cricket, playing against the line of the ball is no longer a crime. In fact, if executed properly it is appreciated with a sense of awe. The batsmen of the modern era are adroit and have adopted unconventional methods to score runs today.

The reverse sweep, the ramp shot, and the helicopter shot are some of the outrageous shots that make the audience crave for more. In fact, these shots have endeared these batsmen to the fans of the game today.  In this article, let us take a look at the top 10 most innovative batsmen in world cricket today.

Most innovative batsmen of modern day cricket

10.Steve Smith

Steve Smith
                            Steve Smith. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

He shuffles across his stumps in an awkward manner. He is extremely fidgety at the crease. But, he can rightfully stake claim to be the unorthodox batting maestro of the modern era. Steve Smith has taken several bowling attacks to the cleaners, and has emerged as the backbone of the Australian batting line up.

Smith averages an unreal 62.84 in Test cricket, the highest for a batsman who has played a minimum of 30 innings after the incomparable Don Bradman. In ODI cricket too, Smith has scored over 4000 runs at an average of 43.35. His shots are outrageous, but are executed in near flawless manner.

He can execute the reverse sweep to great effect, his flick shot cannot be found in any coaching manual, and his extravagant drives over cover that can clear the boundary is sure to leave your mouth open in a sense of bewildered amazement. Smith was in superb form in the recently concluded ODI series against India where he smashed two consecutive ODI hundreds to help his side to a series win against the visitors.