Now a days there are many bowlers who are very unorthodox in the way they run up and complete the delivery. Some actions will be orthodox, some won’t be. Here are the top 10 bowlers to have the most wierdest bowling action in the sport.
10. Wayne Daniels
Wayne Daniel is a former West Indian pacer who has played 10 matches in his International Career that spanned over 10 years in which he had 36 wickets. Daniel’s run up was idiosyncratic but he bowled with a strong action, bending his back and then following through halfway down the pitch to deliver ‘heavy’ balls which hit the batsman’s splice or ribs.
9. Sohail Tanvir
Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir is one of the rarest pacer who uses the crease well and bowls with a high-arm bowling action along with the ability to swing the ball both ways. Because of that he has achieved a lot of success in the Twenty20 format and gained a reputation as one of the best in the format.
8. Colin Croft
Croft was part of the potent West Indian quartet of fast bowlers from the late 70s and early 80s. With his height (6’5″), he bowled bouncers and was very aggressive. He was renowned for bowling wide of the crease over the wicket and angling the ball in to right-handers.
7. Mike Proctor
Procter had an awkward chest on action, seeming to bowl off the wrong foot at the end of an intimidating run. His unusual action generated late inswing which, in the right conditions, could be unplayable at times. He bowled at high pace in his pomp but later in his career knee problems caused by the impact of his bull-like body on the bowling crease forced him to turn to off-spin.
6. Jeff Thomson
The former Aussie quick is known as the unofficial fastest bowler in the sport. Thomson had a slinging-style bowling action that helped to generate pace, bounce and purchase off the surface.
5. Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal is one of the bowlers who had the authority over the batsmen even in the shortest form of the game. He has a steady actin for an offie and has many variations in his bowling. Recently he was suspended from bowling because he was reported for chucking the ball.
4. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muralitharan is the first wrist-spinning off-spinner in the history of the game.He bowls marathon spells, yet he is usually on the attack. His unique bowling action begins with an open-chested short run-up, and culminates with an extremely wristy release which had him mistaken for a leg-spinner early in his career by Allan Border.
3. Abdul Qadir
This leggie from Pakistan is the first bowler to master the googly and had two variations in it. He is a kind of bowler who uses the crease well, flights the ball often and make it to spin away from the batsmen.
2. Lasith Malinga
Malinga‘s delivery action is similar to “slinging”. Malinga has said that his unique action was a result of learning to play cricket exclusively with a tennis ball. Typically, younger bowlers are encouraged to deliver the ball with their arm near vertical to remove or reduce direction variables.
1. Paul Adams
Paul Adams‘ bowling action was highly unorthodox and Mike Gatting likened it to a “frog in a blender”. He holds the ball with two fingers of his left hand (thumb, and the index finger) and bowls it around his head. It is the most wierdest bowling action that a cricket aficionado can ever see in the sport.
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