Not all bowlers have the conventional run-up and bowling actions. Some have an unusual bowling action, which not only sets them apart from the other bowlers, but also lends them a mysterious touch, making them difficult to negotiate. Here are the top 10 freakiest bowling actions in cricket history :- 1) Check out Wayne Daniels’ casual run-up and bowling action which had many a batsman in all sorts of problems. 2) Pakistani speedster Sohail Tanvir has a high-arm action as well as his ability to utilise the crease makes him an important element in the Pakistan squad. 3) Colin Croft’s long and casual approach to the crease and his tendency to to deliver from slightly wider off the crease made him a tough bowler to face. 4) As a bowler Mike Procter had an unorthodox, chest-on action with whirling arms that made it appear as if he was delivering the ball from off his back foot. 5) Jeff Thomson had a slinging-style bowling action that helped to generate pace, bounce and purchase off the surface. 6) Saeed Ajmal is one of those spinners who chose to bowler at a quicker speed and use variations in pace to stifle the batsman rather than flight. 7) Muttiah Muralitharan is one of those bowlers batsmen never managed to pick. Never. 8) Abdul Qadir’s action was a wonderfully extravagant routine, and he admitted more than once that it was contrived as a spectacle to distract batsmen. Variety was the key; it was said he had six different deliveries per over. Like the Andy Roberts bouncer, Qadir was said to have two different googlies. 9) Lasith Malinga’s side-arm action was deceptive, and the fact that the Sri Lankan could mix the bouncers, slower balls and the full-length deliveries so effectively made him a threat. 10) Adams was a left arm Googly bowler – who gripped his stock delivery between index finger and thumb. Adams was famous for his strange action, in which he did not swing his bowling arm through, but instead ducked his head (and closed his eyes), and stopped the swing of his arm after delivering the ball. Adams’ peculiar action probably derived from the fact that he gripped the ball between index finger and thumb.

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