There are no shortages of cricketers who bat and bowl with contrasting hands across international and domestic cricket. It is a useful skill to have for a player to perform two different actions with different hands. To be ambidextrous is to cause discomfort to batsmen or bowlers, who may find it difficult facing such players.
In retrospect, such skill adds a variety for a team and the side can get a breakthrough or chalk a win out of nowhere. Unlike any other game, cricket also involves players playing dual roles occasionally. For instance, we have witnessed cricketers like MS Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist, picking up a wicket in competitive games. Similarly, India has also produced such players like Zaheer Khan, who is a left-arm bowler but bats right-handed. Hence, we have a glance at the opposite.
We take a look at five Indian cricketers who bat left-handed but bowl with their right-arm:
Shikhar Dhawan has become India’s mainstay at the top-order in limited-overs cricket. The flamboyant left-handed batsman has the knack of scoring quick runs and is one of the strongest players on the off-side. Along with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan has formed one of the fearsome opening partnerships in ODI cricket.
The 34-year old bowls off-spin with the help of his right-arm while he bats left-handed. While Dhawan has bowled 54 balls in international cricket without any wicket, but he has 16 scalps across first-class, List A, and IPL cricket.