Meet Kevin Koththigoda, Sri Lanka’s right-handed Paul Adams
Kevin Koththigoda is Sri Lanka's right-handed version of Paul Adams (Image credit-Hindustan Times)
Kuala Lumpur: Cricket fans all over the world are well aware of South African Paul Adam’s bowling action. Unorthodox in every sense of the word, it was an unusual one involving the entire body which was often known as the, ‘Frog in the Blender’ action.
Indian chinaman Shivil Kaushik, who plied his trade for Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League also has an action modelled on the South African and a recent addition to that list is 18-year-old Kevin Koththigoda, a leg-spinner from Unawatuna, a small town near Galle in Sri Lanka.
But unlike Adams and Kaushik, Kevin is a right-arm bowler and his unusual bowling action has been one of the most discussed topics in the ongoing U-19 Asia Cup. He bowled decently with figures of 8-0-29-1 in Sri Lanka’s 61-run over Afghanistan.
Dhammika Sudarshana, a former Sri Lanka A opener has helped this talent grow and develop at Richmond College and while speaking to Cricbuzz, he said, “The action wasn’t coached or anything, it came naturally to him. Initially, he was struggling with the length as he couldn’t see the pitch, but he has improved.”