Vidarbha spinner Akshay Karnewar has written his name in the history books as he bowled with both arms during the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16. He bowled spin with his both right arm off spin and left arm spin in the same match. He also can bat with both hands.
However, this is not the first time a bowler has done this with Sri Lankan spinner Hashan Tillakaratne having changed his arm from bowling left-arm spin to off spin in the middle overs a match against Kenya during 1996 World Cup. It is the only time in international cricket that a bowler changed bowling hand in the middle of an over. Cricket has seen batsman like Kevin Pietersen who often change their side to get runs. Similarly, there are many cricketers who bowl with a particular arm but bats with the other.
Recently in Ahmedabad, Pradip Champavat came in news for his ability to bowl with both arms. But, he is not a professional cricketer. He plays in a local cricket match in Ahmedabad. He works as a scorer in BCCI’s domestic matches.
There are a number of cricketers who bat left handed and bowl right handed such as Sourav Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Clive Lloyd, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Lance Klusener, Curtly Ambrose, Richard Hadlee, Arjuna Ranatunga, Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson, Shikhar Dhawan, Michel Hussey, Morne Morkel and many more.
There are also those who bat right handed and bowl left handed, such as Wahab Riaz, Michael Clarke, Trent Boult, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Rudra Pratap Singh, Bishan Singh Bedi, Ravi Shastri and many more.
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