Sri Lanka is renowned for producing cricketers with obscure bowling actions, but footage has emerged of arguably the strangest one yet.
Kevin Koththiigoda is a 21-year-old leg spinner from Galle, representing the Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. He has bemused spectators with his unorthodox bowling action, where his limbs appear to briefly dislocate as he delivers the ball from behind his body.
The bizarre movement has left viewers scratching their heads.
Koththiigoda represented the Sri Lanka U19 squad in 2017, and made his List A debut in March this year.
Since making his professional debut, Koththiigoda has taken six T20 wickets in six matches, with best figures of 3/25.
The leg spinner bowled to former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson in a ten-over match between Deccan Gladiators and Bangla Tigers. However, Watson was unfazed by the bizarre action, crashing Koththiigoda for an enormous six in his second over. He finished the game with figures of 0/22, and the Tigers lost by six wickets.
Other Sri Lankan bowlers known for having unusual actions include pace bowler Lasith Malinga and off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
One viewer compared Koththiigoda’s action to that of former South African spinner Paul Adams, another citing Indian bowler Shivil Kaushik.
The Bangla Tigers will next face the Karnataka Tuskers on Monday. They are yet to register a victory in the 2019 tournament, sitting in last place in the Group A ladder.