Bowling takes new spin: Clip of SL's Kevin goes viral

Sri Lankan leg spinner Kevin Koththigoda (Twitter video screengrab)

After the jaw-dropping South African left-arm wrist-spinner Paul Adams, cricket fans are now baffled with 2019 version of the one of a kind style by Sri Lankan leg spinner Kevin Koththigoda.

Koththigoda's version of the "Frog In A Blender" or the "Chinaman" action - which was first dubbed as Paul Adams' style during a tour match against England in 1995-96 - has its added his unique twist to the ball game.

Koththiigoda is from Galle in the Island Country and is currently playing for the Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The spinner conceded 22 runs in his two overs on Saturday against the Deccan Gladiators and even took Australian cricketer Shane Watson by surprise. But Watson managed to strike two sixes.

“He has a very unusual action. It’s like that of Paul Adams. The action wasn’t coached or anything, it came naturally to him. Initially, he was struggling with the length as he couldn’t see the pitch but he has improved tremendously,” his coach Dhammika Sudarshana had told Cricbuzz in 2017.

Earlier, in 2016, IPL player Shivil Kaushik of the Gujarat Lions team was also compared with Adams for replicating the legendary action.

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