TOP WEIRD ACTION OF BOWLERS IN CRICKET

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Shaun Tait

The Australian speedster Shaun Tait, well known for dishing out deliveries in the 150+ km/hr bracket, has a pretty odd looking action for a big man like himself.Tait suffered various injuries due to his taxing action which made him limit his appearances in the longer formats of the game

Shoaib Akhter

The abnormality of his right arm due to the hyperextension involved makes it tough for him to align his arms and shoulders straight, which is the norm, thus giving it a very suspicious look.

The Rawalpindi Express from the very beginning of his career had been questioned for his action, partly due to the fact that he had enormous speed and an uncommon action to go with it.

Debashish Mohanty

Mohanty had a bright start to his international career with great performances in the Sahara Cup. The pacer had an smooth looking open chested action, accompanied by vivid tangling of arms during his delivery stride, and to top it all, a terrifying expression that could give Murali’s delivery face a run for its money.


Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine has an action that seems unpleasant at a cursory glance. But the kind of success and reputation he has garnered because of his no-hassle-yet-mysterious action can be seen in the IPL.

A right-arm off-break action that has multifarious ways of duping the batsmen has helped him become one of the most lethal bowlers in the shortest format of the game.

Lasith Malinga

Malinga can never be far away when you talk of odd looking actions. While slinging actions have always been deadly in cricket right from the days of Jeff Thompson, Malinga’s slinging roundarm action has helped him dismantle quite a few batting sides.

Soahail Tanvir

Sohail Tanvir, the tallest wrong footed bowler to have ever graced international cricket, is the most recent of this breed of bowlers.

Abdul Qadir

Abdul Qadir had an action wizardly enough to live up to his reputation.Qadir acknowledged the fact that the action was part of his strategy of playing with the batsmen’s psyche and hiding the ball from them, which he suggested was pretty much pivotal for any leg spinner.

Chris Harris

It’s hard to come up with an exact term for his diverse bowling style, but it would not be wrong to call him as an unorthodox medium pace/spin bowler. Harris can be described as a vestige of the breed of medium pace bowlers not seen these days.

Paul Adams

Paul Adams. A proponent of the declining art of Chinaman bowling (i.e. left arm googly bowling), Adams had an odd action to say the least. Once described as “frog in a blender” by Mike Gatting


Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan is rated one of the best bowlers of the history of cricket. His unique bowling action begins with an open-chested short run-up, and results with an extremely wristy release. His facial gesture during the bowling also plays an important role in deceiving batsman.

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