Some bowlers will surprise us by their way of bowling. If the surprise is good enough, they also to handle for the batsmen.
Here are 5 such bowlers whose bowling actions made their deliveries look more complicated than rocket science.
Paul Adams, South Africa
Described as a ‘frog in a blender’ by Mike Gatting, the Protean bowler Paul Adams sure had one of the weirdest bowling actions in the world of cricket. A left arm spinner, Adams deceived many batsmen with his Chinaman which was a child’s play for him because of the natural movement of his left hand. Because of this very reason, he bagged 138 wickets in 45 test matches.
Sohail Tanvir, Pakistan
His immediate body movement at the end of his run up which makes the batsman difficult to keep a hawk-eye on his hand that holds the ball. Tanvir seems to bowl while he is still running! Needless to say, it has got him a lot of wickets in a very little time.
Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka
Muralitharan is the Sri Lankan spinner who went on to become a legend with his unique arsenal that never failed to surprise the batsmen. Murali’s style was weird because unlike most of the bowlers, he would bowl with his whole body facing the batsman at the time of delivering the ball.
Abdul Qadir, Pakistan
Qadir was one of the first few bowlers from the Indian subcontinent who knew how to use the topographical conditions to his advantage. His leg spin bowling was characterized by a sudden arm movement, which would make a well set batsman flip.
Jeff Thomson, Australia
The Aussie bowler was well known for his fast-as-flash action when he would come closer to the box to deliver the ball. Thomson used the conventional style of swinging his arm as much as he could towards the ground to get maximum speed. What was unusual was the acceleration he would pick up in the few final steps to jump and release the ball like a bullet.