There’s no better sight in Cricket then to watch a bowler bowling in full flow. A fiery spell from a bowler lifts everyone in the team as well as the spectators watching the match. People today talk about the likes of Dale Steyn, James Anderson and appreciate them for their textbook bowling action. They have the perfect action with the athlete sprint to the wicket then the load with the jump and the long follow-through after delivering the ball. Great bowlers play for so long because they have the perfect textbook bowling actions.
But there have been many bowlers in cricketing history that have surprised everyone with their unique bowling actions. Even though such actions are not out of the coaching manual but is still effective. They make you take notice as they are completely different from the rest of the pack. A batsman spends that extra little time in practice while visualising that distinctive bowling action.
We try to dig and find out the top 5 weirdest bowling actions in cricket of all time. Weird in a way that when you watch it you ask yourself how did he manage to bowl a ball with that action:
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5. Kevin Koththiigoda
Coming in at number 5 is the young unorthodox spinner from Sri Lanka. The 21-year-old right-arm leg break bowler Kevin Koththiigoda. Yes, much like his full name even his bowling action will leave you surprised. Kevin made his domestic T20 debut for Galle Cricket Club in 2018-2019. Since then, his outrageous bowling action has gone viral everywhere. When you see his action you think how does he manage to be so accurate.
When Kevin delivers the ball he is not even looking at the batsman and still somehow control his deliveries. Sri Lanka has had the knack of producing several bowlers with one of a kind action. Kevin is no different as when you freeze his bowling action you can actually see his back foot in the air and is his face looking at the sky. Facing him would surely be tricky as batsmen don’t often see bowlers like him.