The Abu Dhabi T10 League is turning out to be a lot more excited than we'd hoped for. While batsman Kieron Pollard decorated his wagon wheel with four sixes and one four in a single over to show how he still can make the bowlers suffer, there is yet another man from the league, people on social media can't stop talking about.
A 21-year-old Kevin Koththiigoda from Sri Lanka, who is currently a part of the Bangla Tigers roster, came out to bowl with the idea of sending the opposing batsman into frenzy with his rather unique bowling action.
Turns out, his 'hurricane' actions, as the fans have now started calling it, had a deeper impact, and confused the hell out of the traditional fan base of the game who dropped everything they were doing and began to analyse the anomaly that Koththiigoda's bowling action is.November 16, 2019
Incorrect. He can. It's similar to Paul Adam's action who took 134 test wickets in 45 games.— Sanj (@sanj156) November 17, 2019
Don't think he even generated any spin. More of a physc-out— Bomberland ð´â«ï¸ (@gouldygould_n) November 18, 2019
His arm ends up at mid wicket ð— Adam Ryszkowski (@AdamRyko) November 17, 2019
Clearly, Koththiigoda's action is more of an upgraded version of the South African legend Paul Adams' 'Frog in a Blender' bowling style that helped him scalp 134 wickets in just 45 international Test matches between 1995 and 2004.
However, Kevin Koththiigoda isn't the first cricketer whose work resembles the great Proteas from 24 years ago. During his Indian Premier League debut with the Gujarat Lions, Shivil Kaushik too made headlines for his unorthodox and painful looking bowling action. As soon as he delivered his first ball, people were already talking about his version of the 'Frog in a Blender'.