Koththigoda’s bowl­ing ac­tion was not molded to be like Adams – Coach

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY BIPIN DANI

Sri Lanka’s new mys­tery spin­ner Kevin Koththigoda’s bowl­ing ac­tion is quite sim­i­lar to South Africa’s slow-left arm chi­na­man bowler Paul Adams’ ac­tion but it was not molded to be like Adams, in­sisted his Coach Piyal Sal­gado.

Koththigoda was ini­tially nur­tured by for­mer Sri Lanka ‘A’ Team opener Dham­mika Su­dar­shana at Rich­mond Col­lege, which has pro­duced sev­eral Test crick­eters in the past.

But it was Sal­gado who coached him at Mahinda Col­lege, the ri­vals of Rich­mond.

“Yes, he is very sim­i­lar to Paul Adams and when I saw him first I thought that be­cause of his unique and un­ortho­dox ac­tion he could be a chal­lenge to the bats­man,” Sal­gado re­vealed yes­ter­day.

“Of course he had not seen Adams be­fore. The chal­lenge in bowl­ing with such an ac­tion was be­ing con­sis­tent. He was more fo­cused on turn­ing the ball a lot. Thus he was er­ratic.”

“I made him to in­crease his ac­cu­racy by get­ting him to do lot of spot bowl­ing. There­after when he re­gained his ac­cu­racy he was too slow off the air. I had to im­prove that as­pect. I worked on that as well.”

“Kevin’s ac­tion is also nat­u­ral to him and it was not molded to be like Paul Adams”.

“Kevin was a com­mit­ted boy. I had to just guide him and he was will­ing to work hard. He needed con­fi­dence and I told him be­cause of his unique ac­tion that he could be special,” the coach signed off.

Kevin Koththigoda

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