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Watch: Kevin Koththiigoda bamboozles with his unorthodox bowling action

Kevin Koththiigoda bowling action

A bowler’s performance relies a lot on his action. Of course, there’s the point of legality that determines if at all a bowler should be allowed to operate as a bowler. But even the regulations aside, a bowler’s delivery action governs some of the most important skill-sets of their game.

The likes of Sohail Tanvir, Paul Adams and, more recently, Jasprit Bumrah, owe a lot of their success to their unorthodox bowling actions. After all, a relatively unexpected action can affect a batsman’s ability to read the delivery and score runs.

Well, some actions can just be a bit too much bamboozling, and Sri Lankan spinner Kevin Koththiigoda seems to be someone to fit that  niche. Kevin recently made his debut in a T10 match in Abu-Dhabi for the Bangla Tigers against the Deccan Gladiators.

However his unusual ‘arch-arm’ action grabbed a lot more attention than the ongoing tournament itself. The 21-year old came in to bowl the fifth over of the innings and managed to startle a good number of viewers. Before releasing the ball, Kevin bends his head a bit too low and stretches his left arm back. The action gives his body the appearance of an awkwardly-bent arch! Check this video out to see for yourself:

Video of Kevin Koththiigoda bowling in T10 game

While he is still in line to make his international debut, Kevin has already broke into his domestic state team of Galle CC. He has played 5 list A and 6 white ball games so far and already picked up 14 wickets. The T10 outing however wasn’t too memorable for Kevin, as he ended with unimpressive figures of 2-0-22-0. His team, Bangla Tigers, eventually lost the game by 6 wickets, despite good  performances from Rilee Rossouw and Colin Ingram. For the Gladiators, experienced all-rounder Shane Watson starred, scoring 41 off 25 balls.

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