There have been some strange bowling actions in cricket over the years, but fans are convinced one Sri Lankan leg-spinner’s is the "weirdest".
Kevin Koththigoda has been taking the cricket world by storm, with a style of bowling that is unique - to say the least.
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Koththigoda first made headlines in 2017 after vision of him bowling at the Youth Asia Cup in Malaysia went viral.
#YouthAsiaCup2017 | Another mystery spinner from Sri Lanka.. Kevin Koththigoda of Mahinda College playing for @OfficialSLC U19s.. @ThePapareSports @IslandCricket @ACCMedia1 @BasnayakeM @ICC @AzzamAmeen pic.twitter.com/TBloqtojlm
— Damith Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) November 11, 2017
Debuting for the Sri Lanka Under-19 team at the time, the leg-spinner's extraordinary method of delivery made international headlines.
Dubbed the ‘world’s weirdest spinner’ he's been at it again during a recent T10 match in Abu Dhabi.
Koththigoda's action has inevitably drawn comparisons with former South African spinner Paul Adams, who was known as the 'frog in a blender'.
The youngster's right bowling arm appears to hyperextend behind his back, before whipping awkwardly around his neck before release.
It's a bizarre technique that would no doubt bamboozle most batsman.
However, Koththigoda’s action does come with associated risks, as evidenced by his display in the latest T10 match for the Maratha Arabians.
The young leggy twice fell over while bowling to Qalandars batsmen in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, before he was eventually forced off with injury.
Bizarre style leaves cricket world perplexed
Many fans were far from surprised to learn that Koththigoda had injured himself, based off his “unorthodox bowling style”, as described by commentators.
The incredible scenes unsurprisingly left viewers in a state of disbelief.
Have you been watching the T10 cricket at all? Seen that spin bowler called Kevin Koththigoda? Slightly unorthodox bowling style doesn't cover it. It's crazy. Haha!
— Kate (@Beerinwitsout) February 2, 2021
@Toby_Burrows18 what the hell is this bowling action, making this T10 stuff look even more village 🤣
— Kevin Hitchon (@kevinhi82) February 2, 2021
Little wonder he can’t stay on his feet if that’s how he bowls.
— Tim Chambers (@timchambers321) February 2, 2021
Kevin Koththigoda is poor man's Paul Adams and has no control over his body while bowling. Sorry not sorry. That's absolute terrible bowling!#AbuDhabiT10
— Divyesh (@iamdivyesh) February 2, 2021
Kevin Koththigoda has the most unusual action. No wonder Banton was flummoxed #AbuDhabiT10
— Thilak Ramamurthy (@Thilak_Rama) February 2, 2021
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