Defying convention and the coaching manual’s classic bowling style, the following bowlers managed to play international cricket with their unique actions, achieving varying degress of success.
Let’s start with the obvious one – Malinga’s unusual, slingy action hardly makes it difficult for him to hurl toe-crushing yorkers with unnerving accuracy. The bowling arm is almost parallel to the surface, whistling past the umpire’s head to form one of cricket’s most recognisable actions.
Not strictly a bowler, Kedar Jadhav’s all-round prowess was discovered by MS Dhoni, who used him as a part-timer to slow down the run-rate. Slowly, his slingy off-breaks (that hardly turned) became a regular in one-day cricket.
The Pakistan quick was a hit in T20 cricket, bowling with his quick-arm action, but it was the wrong-footed stride that caught everyone’s attention, as he contorted his body in a strange way. The results were still impressive though.
The Indian pacer has moved up the charts by leaps and bounds, becoming a world-class bowler in the matter of a few years. One of his biggest features is his awkward, gangly bowling style, made up of flailing arms, which has unsettled the best of batsmen.
No cricket list with the word ‘unusual’ is complete without Paul Adams, who was called ‘frog in a blender’ for good reason. The whippy action, where he contorted his entire body in an astonishing way, complete with an unsettling dip of the head, made for a not-too-pretty sight, but he was a striking feature of the South Africa team of the 1990s.