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Bowlers with unorthodox bowling actions in modern Cricket

Paul Adams of South Africa bowls
Paul Adams had an unusual bowling action
Modified 23 Mar 2018
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People say Cricket is a batsman's game. Most of the rule changes are tilted in the favor of batsmen, which limits the scope of the bowlers.

Having said that, Cricket has seen some exceptional bowlers. Some with flawless action and some with unorthodox action.

Such bowlers become hard to predict for the batsmen.

Over the years we have witnessed some legendary bowlers with unusual action like Paul Adams, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and so on.

This unorthodox bowling action is inherited to modern cricket also. Here are a few bowlers with unusual bowling actions.

#4 Jasprit Bumrah

Australia A v India A
Bumrah recently made his debut in Tests for India

It was former Indian coach John Wright, who spotted him in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and drafted him into the Mumbai Indians squad.

For so long, India had struggled for a death over specialist. Bumrah certainly ended this grapple with his ability to bowl inch-perfect yorkers in death overs. He can contain and pick wickets at the same time.


With an abnormal, unorthodox action and natural pace, the peculiar release point of his deliveries makes it hard for batsmen to pick him.

Bumrah helped Mumbai Indians to win many close encounters with his accurate bowling. It is quite a task to defend 11 runs in a super over with Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch on the crease.

The latest entrant to the Indian Test side is certainly a valuable addition to the Indian squad and no surprise that he is now the No.1 ranked ODI bowler in ICC rankings.

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Published 23 Mar 2018, 06:59 IST
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