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Published on Jul 7, 2011
Robert "Bob" Woolmer (14 May 1948 - 18 March 2007) was an international cricketer, and cricket coach who coached South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan. Woolmer was known for his progressive coaching and extensive computerized analysis on technique improvement. He is credited with making the reverse sweep a popular shot for batsmen in the 1990s, as well as being one of the first to to adapt the knowledge of goalkeepers to wicketkeepers in cricket. He was one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1976 and was posthumously honoured with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), a high ranking civil award of Pakistan, for his contribution to Pakistan cricket.