Cricket continues to evolve, adapt and get better. While wickets have, in some cases, become more batsmen friendly, batsmen themselves have also become a little bit more cunning. They are always inventing new shots to help their game. Some of these might have caused some controversy, but they have always delighted those who watch the game.
In a piece for The Telegraph, Simon Hughes wrote about how these shots should be encouraged and not penalised. Hughes wrote:
The infinitely varied ways that batsmen find to make runs, and strategies that bowlers evolve to stop them, is what keeps cricket endlessly fascinating. Innovation should not be penalised but encouraged. It's all part of the balancing act that the newly-elected head of the ICC, Dave Richardson, an excellent and eminently sensible man, is charged with maintaining.
He is quite right. Cricket needs to continue changing if it hopes to remain relevant in an era where things are always being modernised and made more exciting. Luckily, there are a number of pioneers always doing things differently. Here are four shots which didn't exist 20 years ago. What's your favourite?