Mahmudullah churns out a bizarre bowling action against New Zealand XI
The cricketer also did well in all departments.
Mahmudullah Riyad is known as an effective bowler, especially in limited-overs cricket. Having played cricket over the last few years, the 33-year-old has picked up some prized scalps, though he doesn’t bowl often. The Mymensingh-born also has the prowess to hold his nerves under pressure and has been entrusted to bowl at crunch moments of a game and he hasn’t floundered by any means.
He is currently in New Zealand where Bangladesh are scheduled to play three Tests and as many ODIs. Prior to the international fixtures, the Tigers played a One Day warm-up match against New Zealand XI at the Bert Sutcliffe Stadium in Lincoln. Albeit, the visitors lost that game tantalizingly by a couple of wickets, Mahmudullah didn’t flatter to deceive by any stretch of the imagination.
Mahmudullah shows something unique
He scored 72 runs from 88 balls with 10 boundaries, batting at number six. With his slow off-breaks, Riyad picked up the crucial scalps of Sean Solia and Finn Allen. In the meantime, he also experimented with his bowling action that was mostly to disturb the focus of the batsmen. Generally, his action starts from behind the umpire, but in one of those balls, he started his run-up sideways.
Mahmudullah ended his action in front of the umpire. The batsman went to the backfoot and clipped it on to the leg side. In the last delivery, the right-arm tweaker pulled off something very bizarre. In general, spinners aren’t known for leaping prior to releasing the ball, something the fast bowlers do. However, Riyad made a massive jump and went quite a distance up in the air.
The leap was pretty reminiscent of Indian fast bowler Ashok Dinda, who plays for Bengal in the Indian domestic cricket. The delivery went horribly wrong and it turned out to be a full toss. The batter’s eyes lit up on seeing the juicy delivery and he swept it away with all his might.