Meet Australia’s “ambidextrous” Tamil Nadu cricketer.© Twitter
The 14th edition of the U-19 Cricket World Cup kicked off on Friday in the Caribbean. While Australia defeated host nation West Indies in the opening game of the tournament, Sri Lanka defeated minnows Scotland in the other Group D game. However, during Australia’s win over the Windies, all-rounder Nivethan Radhakrishnan got all the attention thanks to his performance and unique bowling style. The 19-year-old is among a select few, who is ambidextrous — can bat or bowl both left and right handed. Not many of us know that Radhakrishnan was born in Chennai, India before his family moved to Australia when he was only 10 years old.
Although Radhakrishnan grew up in Sydney, he earned his first professional contract with Tasmania.
Radhakrishnan recently gave an interview to the International Cricket Council (ICC) where he spoke about his “ambidextrous bowling problems”.
Since the batters can switch-hit and reverse sweep without telling the umpire, the youngster said he should also be able to switch without informing the umpire.
“I think I should be able to bowl both hands without telling the umpire. A batter switches hits, a batter reverses sweeps. What if I could run, he doesn’t know what I’m going to bowl, because the odds I don’t know where he’s going to hit. It’s only fair,” he told ICC.
In particular, if a bowler wishes to change his bowling arm to the same over, he or she must inform the umpire.
On Friday, Radhakrishnan took three wickets before making a key 31 cameo for his team.
Australia will now face Sri Lanka in their next U-19 World Cup game on Monday, January 17.
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