Kevin Pietersen’s trademark switch-hit six off Brad Hogg

The man who introduced ‘switch-hit’ in cricket is the man here hitting it during the recently concluded Big Bash League (BBL).

​ Kevin Pietersen first unleashed this shot during Sri Lanka’s tour of England in 2006 against a bowler as formidable as Muttiah Muralidaran. Two years later, he did it twice in the same innings against New Zealand. Since then, several cricketers have emulated Pietersen. Most notably Australia’s David Warner.

Playing for Melbourne Stars in the just-concluded​ 2014-15 BBL season, Pietersen finished second highest run-getter in the league with 293 runs in eight matches with a strike-rate of 122.59. The above video is from the second semi-final played between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers in Perth.

Chasing 145 runs to win and move into the final, Stars’ were 57 for one in the 10th over when Pietersen decided to go for his trademark shot off Brad Hogg. This was the second time in the tournament he hit the reverse shot for a six. Hogg bowled a good straight delivery and Pietersen quickly moved around to play the left-handed shot. He picked up the shot nicely and reverse hit it from the middle of the bat, high over the point fence. The ball sailed over the boundary as a fan caught the ball in the stands to the delight of the other spectators.

Melbourne Stars, however, lost the semi-final. Pietersen scored 31 off 27 deliveries.