Saqibul Hasan's shovel shot

We're the only people interested in Saqibul Hasan, so we get to name his shots. There was an unexpected boon yesterday when it turned out that Saqibul Hasan's actually got a shot worth naming. We're calling it 'the shovel'.

In between much whinging about non-competitive matches in the World Cup and general Bangladeshi belittlement - although the team did little to counteract this - the Test Match Special commentators were momentarily taken aback by a shot played by Saqibul Hasan.

It seems that our boy changes his grip and stance as the ball is being delivered and then spoons it backwards in a 'chuck soil behind you' manoevre.

We think we might have spotted an instance of 'the shovel' even before yesterday. We've previously featured a photo of Saqibul Hasan and described his textbook stance. That photo bears an uncanny resemblance to 'the shovel' above. In fact, here's the picture.

We told you the lad was an unparallelled genius. Now we've got some flimsy evidence to back that up. Pretty soon everyone will be doing the shovel.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007


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6 Comments:

Anonymous skchai said...

Is this somehow different from the "Marillier Shot", which also involves scooping the ball over the batsman's shoulder?

Trivia: It was originally dubbed the F.A.R.C. shot after words that Shane Warne uttered upon first seeing it, but this was soon fell from favor as it was too obscene.

12:57 am  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Think it goes over the other shoulder.

Saqibul Hasan keeps his hands in the same order on the grip, if you follow.

We've got the F and the C, we think. What's the A and the R?

8:53 am  
Blogger The Atheist said...

Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.

The revolutionary Columbian guerrilla group?

10:14 am  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

That Warney - forever namechecking South American revolutionary groups.

What's he like, eh?

10:17 am  
Anonymous skchai said...

Think the A stood for "arsey", which sounds Warneyish enough. But there's always the possibility that I mis-remembered the acronym, due to my fervor for radical social change in this world.

4:51 am  
Blogger Rezwan said...

And don't forget Ashraful's fine-leg scoop. These innovations are winning matches these days.

1:38 am  

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