Cricket, like any other sport, consists of enormous twists and turns. While specialist cricketers cause a turnaround using their skills, at times, their hidden abilities also end up erupting. On many occasions, a frontline bowler has crafted handy or game-changing cameos with their bat to guide their side to improbable victories.
Over time, such cricketers have nurtured their concealed talent and became a reliable match-winner for their respective teams. Certain teams have also utilized them as pinch-hitters at the top-order to take advantage of the fielding restrictions. With the advent of the T20 format and its revolution, such multi-faceted roles are becoming very prevalent.
We take a look at five cricketers who began as bowlers but became explosive hitters:
Sri Lankan cricket has been going downhill for quite some time now. However, cricketers like Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, and Kusal Perera have managed to craft some stunning victories once a while. Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana remains the one to watch out for in the near future.
The 32-year old is known for bringing the cutters and cunning variations in pace during death overs. The slower balls out of the back hand have garnered plenty of success for him. And Udana is a whirlwind batsman down the order too.
The Balangoda-born made an unbeaten 84 off 48 balls against South Africa during the second T20I at Centurion in 2019. From 83-7, the right-handed batsman took Sri Lanka to 164 in pursuit of 180. His strike rate in T20 internationals is a daunting 144.65 and 128.55 in all T20s. It would be exciting to see what Udana can pull off if promoted to the opening position.