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From ‘Scooter-kick’ to ‘limping man’: Balaji K grabs eyeballs for unique bowling actions in local tournament

With the evolution of T20 Cricket, players have come up with innovative ways to succeed in the shortest format of the game. The format which is often termed as ‘batter-friendly’, bowlers are seen being smacked left, right and centre. Hence, to counter the ruthless batting display, some bowlers come up with ways to keep the biggest hitters of the game on their toes. While some work on new deliveries to outfox the batters, some end up delivering the ball through innovative actions.

One such bowler named Balaji K has grabbed the attention of cricket fans for his unique bowling action. Videos of the leg spinner bowling in the SS Rajan T20 tournament have been going viral on social media where he can be seen trying to deceive the batters with his countless variations.

Also Read: 5 Weirdest bowling actions in cricket history

However, what sets him apart from other bowlers are his antics before delivering the ball. Notably, Balaji is known for bowling all six deliveries of his over with a different bowling action. On some occasions, he points his hands in random directions to distract the batter, while on others he runs in by starting his virtual scooter with a kick often leaving the batters dumbfounded.

Extra clips 😂 pic.twitter.com/PzmrZeVyWt

— Sathyan (@ssathyan03) February 9, 2024

On one occasion, he’s even seen running in guiding himself with a virtual steering to reach the bowling crease while he also limped on his way one time. Balaji’s quirky bowling actions have been gaining traction on social media leaving the netizens stunned. Apart from his action, the leg-spinner also has a similarity with legendary India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin through his ability to bowl carrom balls.

Because having just one bowling action is too mainstream.

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— FanCode (@FanCode) February 8, 2024

Balaji K picked one wicket in four matches in the tournament

Also Read: 8 Wrong footed bowlers – The most bizarre bowling actions

During the game from which the above clip is taken, Balaji registered figures of 1/19 in three overs playing for Thiruvarur in the SS Rajan T20 Trophy helping his side win by three wickets against Tirupattur. Notably, it was the only win for Thiruvarur in the tournament as they finished on the last spot on the points table with one win from four matches. In the earlier, three games he registered figures of 1/7 (1 over), 0/38 (4 overs) 0/6 (2 overs).

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