Sri Lanka’s new mysterious 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 Paul Adams, insisted his coach Piyal Salgadu.
Koththigoda was initially nurtured by former Sri Lanka ‘A’ opener Dhammika Sudarshana at Richmond College, Galle’s leading school that has produced several Test cricketers. But it was Piyal Salgadu, who coached him at Mahinda College, the rival of Richmond College.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo, he says, “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 batsman”.
“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. There after when he regained his accuracy he was too slow of the air. I had to improve that aspect. I worked on that as well”.
“Kevins 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.