IPL debutant team Gujarat Lions have unleashed a new mystery spinner, it seems.20-year-old Shivil Kaushik is not yet famed for his class as a spin bowler, but his bowling action has aroused enormous interest.
Comparable to the former South African spinner Paul Adams, Kaushik uses a chinaman-like action, turning his body almost 360 degrees while bowling.As a result, he ends up facing towards cover when he delivers the ball, instead of looking at the batsman. The action was on display during the Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiants game on Friday, in which the Lions won off the last ball.
Shivil basically surveys the entire field when he is bowling, except for the batsman he is bowling to! For comparison, here is Paul Adams’ bowling action:Shivil’s weird action seems to be even more contorted than that of Paul Adams. Needless to say, it has already inspired several funny comments on Twitter.
Unfortunately, the unique action did not help Kaushik take wickets on Friday, as he returned figures of 3 overs for 32 runs.