Since his ODI debut back in 2007, Bangladesh’s middle-order batsman Mahmudullah Riyad often grabs the headlines for his bowling action and knack of picking wickets on crucial moments.
The 33-year-old has thus far scalped 75 wickets in 168 ODIs at an average of 45.61 with his part-time off-spin. He also has 41 Test wickets to his name including a five-wicket haul.
Mahmudullah is currently touring New Zealand for three ODIs and as many T20Is. Ahead of the first ODI, Bangladesh featured in a warm-up match against New Zealand XI in Lincoln on Sunday (February 10). It was a close contest with NZ XI winning it by two wickets. However, the biggest talking point from the encounter was Mahmudullah’s bizarre bowling action.
After playing a knock of 72 runs from 88 balls, Mahmudullah showcased his bowling skills and picked up the crucial scalps of Sean Solia and Finn Allen. He also experimented with his bowling action in a bid to break the concentration of the opposition batters. Usually, Mahmudullah’s action starts from behind the umpire but in one of those deliveries he started his run-up sideways and ended his follow through in front of the umpire.
Here’s the video:
Coming to the match, Mushfiqur Rahim (62) and Mahmudullah scored half-centuries to help their side post 247 all-out in 46.1 overs. In reply, NZ XI rode on Andrew Fletcher’s 92 and Jeet Raval’s 52 to reach the target with 11 balls to spare.