Even though this is an era where reverse sweep has almost become a text book shot, a dismissal on a reverse sweep attempt still invites criticism.
It’s simply because while a reverse sweep can give you a guaranteed four if you get it right, you, at the same time, are also putting your wicket on the line while making that attempt.
The old man in the Australian batting line up Adam Voges, who is a disciplined batter, was being really gritty on Day 2 at Galle, keeping the on song Dilruwan Perera at bay. But, something happened to the Western Australian suddenly. He lost trust in his straight bat shots and opted for a reverse sweep and lost his leg stump in the process.
The criticism happened, rightly so, but, Voges refused to learn a lesson and when he returned for his second knock in the game, he was stubborn and had come with the mission to prove that he had the reverse sweep in his armoury, that he could play that shot and that his first innings attempt was not a brain fade. He, in fact, began his innings with a reverse sweep, nailing it this time, sending it past the third man fence, but, in spite of that boundary, the Aussie legend Allan Border was taken aback.
Border was speaking from the commentary box of a local channel and he immediately questioned how Voges could select that particular shot to play in which the risk was much, much bigger than the reward he might get. The irony is that Voges himself had advocated for straight bat play earlier in the series, so he was not the one whom any such crazy stuff was expected from, definitely not after having to pay for it once.