Sunil Narine developed the reputation of being a 'mystery bowler' due to the variations he had to his off breaks, and how he disguised them. He also gripped the ball differently from other more conventional spinners. But he was reported for illegal bowling action and has now remodelled his action. With the straighter arm action, the Kolkata Knight Rider is not getting his old zip and turn which off the pitch like he used to earlier.
IPL team Gujarat Lions' 20-year-old left-arm spinner, Shivil Kaushik has a mysterious bowling action quite similar to the one made famous by former South Africa spinner Paul Adams. Kaushik is chinaman bowler , but his action is reminiscent of 'frog-in-the-blender' Adams which means he ends up looking towards cover while delivering the ball, instead of looking at the batsman. He has represented the Hubli Tigers in the Karnataka Premier League, but is yet to play first class cricket.
Kings XI Punjab's leg-spinner KC Cariappa started out as a fast-bowling all-rounder before he switched to spin. He
bowls with an orthodox round-arm action and his leg break is his regular delivery. He has variations like the googly
and the faster ball. He also bowls off-spinners without changing the grip. Cariappa, whose stock delivery includes
carrom ball and a back of the hand googly, started playing with a tennis ball and picked up the leather ball only when
he was 17. Cariappa played for the Bijapur Bulls in the Karnataka Premier League in 2014.
Mumbai Indians' pacers Separamadu Lasith Malinga is known as 'Slinger Malinga' because of his unique sling action. He
releases the ball in front of umpireÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs chest. Malinga's is an authentic roundarm. There are some who question the
legality of his action, but it is legal, because his arm does not straighten from a bent position as he bowls.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach and ex RCB spin king Muttiah Muralitharan's unique bowling action starts with an open-chested short run-up and ends results with an extremely wristy release. His exaggerated facial expressions during bowling also added an important dimension. Unarguably one of the best spinners in history, he tended to flick the wrist in the outward direction and release the ball.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Tabraiz Shamsi is a left-arm wrist spinner. The 26-yer-old South African chinaman bowler
bagged nine wickets in ten games he played for Titans in this year's Ram Slam T20, South Africa domestic T20
tournament. He also tasted huge success in the Caribbean Premier League, bagging 11 wickets in the seven games he
played for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2015. According to experts, despite having a unique action, Shamsi has got a
more control than spinners like Kaushik since he is looking at the batsman till a very late point in his delivery. His
teammates call him the sorcerer.
Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah has a very unusual bowling action. He delivers from wide of the crease. Bumrah also has a rare 'hyper-extension' shoulder like former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akthar. He uses this to his advantage and combined with his unorthodox whippy delivery action, inward tilted high-arm action and rapid bowling-arm speed, he falls into the category of bowlers with unique actions and difficult to read.
Delhi Daredevils current leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin bowls an impressively disguised googly. Ashwin bowls with a very straight arm like Anil Kumble. The 25-year-old Murugan Ashwin was a net bowler with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last year before he was picked by IPL debutants Pune last year.
Pakistan pacer gained fame for his unorthodox bowling action. The left-arm pacer turned out for Rajasthan Royals in 2008. Delivering off the wrong foot with his rapid-arm motion made him a difficult bowler to get away and he got a lot of success in the Twenty20 format of the game. Playing in his third match of tournament, on May 4, Tanvir took a match-winning six wickets against the Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. His figures of 6/14 from four overs are a record for Twenty20 cricket. He ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker, with 22 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 12.09, an economy rate of 6.46 and a strike rate of 11.20, the best among bowlers with more than six wickets.
Ajantha Mendis, a mysterious finger spinner, is another unorthodox bowler from Sri Lanka. He was part of Kolkata Knight Riders and defunt Pune warriors India squads in IPL before. He is neither a wrist spinner nor a traditional off-break bowler, but can bowl all the different variations using just the tip of his fingers to impart spin. He also admitted to having five different deliveries. He is famous for his carrom ball, released with a flick of his middle finger.
The Rajasthan Royals found Kamran khan, the tennis-ball cricketer with no first-class experience later played for Pune Warriors India. He who was pulled up for 'chucking' by a Maharashtra Cricket Association umpire during a league match in 2010. He was called Tornado by legendary spinner Shane Warne.
As the tenth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League tournament begins today, we look at those bowlers who have played in the T20 tournament through the years and share a 'strange' bowling trait