The ones who have seen Paul Adams bowl, can hardly forget his distinct action. The chinaman bowler was comfortable to release the ball though it looked very hard to execute. Years later, India came up with a bowler who had a weird action — Shivil Kaushik. His action got him much fame during IPL 2016. Year 2017, too, had  a bowler with a weird action making debut. During the Under-19 Asia Cup, Kevin Koththigoda made his debut for Sri Lanka and instantly caught everyone’s attention.

In a land famous for producing top-class spinners, Koththigoda stands out with his action. However, many raised questions regarding his effectiveness. CricketCountry’s chief editor Abhishek Mukherjee pointed out, “His release point is far away from his body, which makes it very difficult for him to regain balance after every delivery and also to maintain accuracy.”

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Right-handed Koththigoda was discovered by Dhammika Sudarshana, who has opened in many Sri Lanka A matches.

“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,” Sudarshana revealed to Cricbuzz.

“Since his action is unique, the batsmen get confused. He is an excellent fielder and a decent batsman. He has got a very bright future ahead of him,” he added.

Sarath Asoka, who has umpired many matches that featured Koththigoda, is optimistic of the player making it big.

“He has an incredible action, but lands the ball in the right areas. (He is a) lovely kid and has a good future,” he said.