Morgan backs KP-like ambidextrous batsmen to rule in coming times
London: England batsman Eoin Morgan is convinced batsmen with the ability to bat with both right hand and left hand, like teammate Kevin Pietersen, are going to rule the world of cricket in coming times. Morgan is a global pioneer of unorthodox stroke play with his array of reverse sweeps, ramps, scoops and dabs, and as the tourists prepare for Saturday’s opening Twenty20 clash with New Zealand, teammate Jos Buttler has emerged as another incredible inventor of shots.
However, Morgan believes it will go even further with batsmen actually taking guard the other way round. The left-handed batsman said he reckons the new thing will be to bat left and right-handed, adding if a batsman is facing a spinner, it is easier when the ball is turning in to you so it makes sense to bat that way round. Morgan added he believes it is feasible, adding he has tried batting right-handed, not very successfully yet, so people won’t be seeing it from him any time soon. The middle-order batsman added right-handed Pietersen hits the ball further than any left-hander he knows, adding that is unbelievable.
Morgan said Pietersen hits it miles and it is definitely possible he or somebody will take guard the other way round in a match, adding it would only happen against spin bowling, not fast bowling and it is something he has discussed with the coaching staff. Former Australian coach John Buchanan once claimed that many cricketers would be ambidextrous and able to bowl and throw with either arm.