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Soumya discloses mystery of reverse sweep and periscope shots

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Soumya discloses mystery of reverse sweep and periscope shots
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Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar revealed how he had learned and developed his knack of playing his pet ‘reverse sweep’ shot coupled with his signature periscope shot in his cricketing career.

On a Facebook live chat session with Cricfrenzy.com, one of the leading web portals in the country, Soumya said that while he was preparing to start his career in cricket, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen already earned his huge name and fame for his flamboyant shot-making and attacking mindset. His eye-catching six-hitting prowess by reverse sweep was what cricket followers loved to see.

Keyed up by South Africa-origin English batsman Kevin Pietersen, Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar had learned one of his best ‘reverse sweep’ shots by watching Kevin Pieterson alongside his own periscope shot.

“I saw Kevin Pietersen play it first. He used to hit six through mid-wicket. I tried to do that at first but I didn't succeed,” Soumya Sarkar said. 

“Then changed a little and used to hit in the back. But I got the confidence from him to hit the reverse sweep,” said Soumya made the disclosure to web portal Cricfrenzy.com. 

Soumya, who wants to dominate the bowler when he bats, also shared the story of his another great hitting shot periscope, which he first executed during his debut match against Zimbabwe 1 December 2014.

Seeing a newcomer of Zimbabwe, who surrounded to create pressure on him but that didn’t back him off as he chips the bowl over the fielder and invented a new kind of shot which cricketing world knows as periscope.

“I started playing periscope shots in my debut match against Zimbabwe. Before that I haven’t played that shot ever. In my first match against Zimbabwe, they scored not so many runs. I batted at number three and we required not so much run to chase, I got out after scoring 20 runs in that match. When they saw me they called their third man, fine leg, gully, and slip alongside surrounded me with many fielders,” he said.

“They placed all fielders in front of me and started to put bouncers. I was thinking what I should do as I planned not to play any pull shots on that day. And the speed of their pace was not that much, then I just placed the bowl and it went over the fielder. That was the day I first played periscope shots. From then I started to think,” he concluded.


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