As the COVID-19 outbreak struck Brisbane Heat in the ongoing season of the Big Bash League, they were forced to make a few changes to their side for the game against Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday. The situation meant that Paddy Dooley, a bowler from Queensland Premier Cricket, had a dramatic last few days.
From being on holiday in the Yarra Valley, he drove to Geelong and took a flight to Brisbane as he eventually found himself making his debut for Heat. And while he had a fairly impressive outing, it was his unorthodox action which became the major talking point.
Defending a target of 145, Heat’s captain Tom Cooper handed the ball to Paddy Dooley in the first over itself. And this is when the left-arm spinner produced his wind-mill action! He rolled his arm around a couple of times before eventually releasing the ball which made it extremely funny to watch for the viewers.
Watch the video here:
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Although his bowling action was very unique and different in its own way, it did share a slight resemblance to someone from a Bollywood movie. In the 2001 film Lagaan, a character named Goli used to deliver the ball in a very similar way.
Although he used to take things to a whole different level by rolling his arm quite a few times, one cannot really ignore that Dooley’s uncanny action did have a glimpse of Goli.
Isn't Dooley's bowling action slightly similar to Goli? 😅 pic.twitter.com/Y2ncAJS8f7
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Although the left-arm spinner was unlucky on the day with a catch being dropped off his bowling, Paddy Dooley ended with impressive figures of 4-0-25-0 as Hobart Hurricanes went on to win the match by 8 wickets.