T10 League 2019: Kevin Koththiigoda leaves everyone stunned with his bowling action
Just before releasing the ball, Koththiigoda puts his head down, takes his left hand at the back and bowls with his body shaped like an arch.
Published - Nov 16, 2019 7:36 pm | Updated - Nov 16, 2019 7:36 pm
Over the years, the game of cricket has seen a number of bowlers who grabbed the headlines more for their bowling action rather than their performance. While the world always remains excited to see how a newcomer performs with the ball, sometimes the players make everyone focus more on his weird action. In the past, we have seen that no matter how the bowler with unusual action performed at the start of his career, he usually garners attention because of the way he delivered the ball.
Paul Adams, Sohail Tanvir, Debashish Mohanty, Shivil Kaushik as well as India’s current pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah first hogged the limelight because of their actions. In fact, there were some bowlers in the past who are remembered more for their action only rather than their accomplishments on the cricket field.
Well, Sri Lankan spinner Kevin Koththiigoda is also in a similar situation at the moment. The 21-year old, who is yet to make his international debut, made his debut in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 League on Saturday and hogged the limelight straightaway because of his action. Just before releasing the ball, Koththiigoda puts his head down, takes his left hand at the back and bowls with his body shaped like an arch.
Here is a clip showing the bowling action of Kevin Koththiigoda:
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Kevin Koththiigoda plies his trade for Galle CC in Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit. So far, he has played 8 first-class games. In white-ball formats, he has played 5 List A games and 6 T20 games, picking up a total of 14 wickets.
A debut to forget for Kevin Koththiigoda
Kevin Koththiigoda, meanwhile, could not make much of an impression with the ball on his debut for Bangla Tigers in Abu Dhabi T10. He bowled a couple of overs and went for 22 runs without picking up any wicket. The day only became worse for him as Bangla Tigers suffered a crushing 6-wicket defeat to Deccan Gladiators.
Asked to bat first, the Tigers scored 108 for 5 in the stipulated 10 overs. Colin Ingram top-scored for the side, blasting 37 from 21 while Rilee Rossouw scored 26 from 12. In reply, the Gladiators chased down the total with a ball to spare. Veteran allrounder Shane Watson starred for the Gladiators, scoring 41 from 25 balls at the top of the order.