Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga who is well known for his slinging action to go with his deadly yorkers and brilliant change of pace which have helped him to deceive batsmen throughout his career. Tamil Nadu’s Athisayaraj Davidson who is knocking on the doors of earning an IPL contract, caught the eye of former Indian cricketer and current commentator Aakash Chopra in the match played between Tamil Nadu and Delhi at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Trophy.
Bowling with a slinging action identical to that of Lasith Malinga, the Tamil Nadu sensation managed to pick the wicket of Rishabh Pant off a deadly yorker which even his idol would have been proud of. Davidson made his T20 debut for Tamil Nadu recently at Vishakhapatnam against Andhra and also played in the Tamil Nadu Premier League(TNPL) for Tuti Patriots. He also managed to scalp a fifer in only his fourth game in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Trophy against Karnataka. The youngster acknowledged the inputs of former Indian team seamer and Tamil Nadu bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji as well as MRF coach Senthilnathan and revealed that the slingy action came naturally to him. He also revealed that watching videos of Lasith Malinga had helped him work on his variations in pace.
“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 the 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.”
The Tamil Nadu bowler however still has a long way to go and needs to work harder in order to be consistent bowling with that awkward action of his and emerge as Malinga’s successor across the oceans. Here is the video tweeted by Aakash Chopra :
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 21, 2018