Lasith Malinga took everyone by surprise when he first debuted on the international scene for Sri Lanka. Apart from his weird hairstyle, Malinga’s round-arm slinging action also caught everyone with surprise and he started picking wickets by heap.
Many tried to copy his action and failed, but there is one young bowler from India who has found success with a similar action. Tamil Nadu’s Athisayaraj Davidson has taken everyone by notice not only his Malinga like action, but also with his guile and tricks.
"Slinging action was something natural for me. As a kid, I played a lot of tennis ball and rubber ball cricket. It transformed into league cricket. TNPL has helped me figure out bowling in this format. I started watching Malinga's videos to understand how the slower-ones can be delivered with effectiveness. I'm comfortable bowling in the death bringing in my variations. I know that I have chances of taking wickets with the batsmen trying to be more aggressive", Athisayaraj told TOI.
He hoped, "A lot of people have told me that I could get into the IPL this year. It would be great if I get a chance this time. However, I'm not keeping that in mind. The T20 performances in Vizag (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) have certainly given me the confidence that I belong at this level."
From five matches in the South Zone leg of the tournament, the right-arm fast bowler picked up ten wickets at an average of 14.10 and economy-rate of 7.83.
Recently, former India opener turned commentator Aakash Chopra shared a video of Davidson on his Twitter.
Here is Davidson bowling video: