Sri Lankan spinner Kevin Koththiigoda has joined the list of bowlers who initially made it to the news headlines more for their bowling action rather than performances. In the past, one has witnessed a number of bowlers who turned heads with their unusual action. The likes of Paul Adams, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Shivil Kaushik are some of the bowlers who initially hogged the limelight because of their action.
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Well Kevin Koththiigoda has also experienced something similar. The 21-year old from Sri Lanka made his debut in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 on Saturday. The right-arm spinner was representing Bangla Tigers and played his first game of the campaign against Deccan Gladiators. And more than what he did with the ball, he grabbed attention for how he released the ball.
His action was as weird as one can think of and resembled the action of Shivil Kaushik. At first, it looked like Kevin Koththiigoda would cause all sorts of problems for the batsmen with his unorthodox action. However, it was not the case. He bowled two overs and failed to pick up a single wicket while going for 22 runs.
Here is a clip showing the action of Kevin Koththiigoda:
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Talking about the match, Bangla Tigers lost the contest to Deccan Gladiators by six wickets. Put in to bat first, the Tigers rode on impressive cameos from opener Rilee Rossouw (26 off 12 balls) and Colin Ingram (37 off 21 balls) to post a good total of 108 runs on the board in 10 overs.
Migael Pretorious was the pick of the bowlers for the Gladiators as he conceded just 10 runs off his two overs and picked up three wickets. The 108-run target, meanwhile, did not turn out to be enough in the end as Gladiators chased it down with a ball to spare. Shane Watson led the charge with the bat, scoring 41 off 25 balls laced with three sixes and three fours. He was supported well by Anton Devcich and Daniel Lawrence who played two short cameos of 27 and 15 runs respectively.