There is no doubt that batsmen face difficulties while facing a bowler with an unorthodox action. More than anything, a slingy arm action with good pace is something no batsman wants to face. Veteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga has been the pioneer of the slingy arm action, but over the years many bowlers have emerged with such an unorthodox but yet effective action. During a Pakistan Super League 2020 match, the world witnessed just another such bowler like Malinga.
In a crucial match against Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalandars brought out a 24-year old fast bowler Salman Irshad. Interestingly, his bowling action has a striking resemblance with Lasith Malinga. Both the bowlers' bowl right arm and also have a similar slingy arm action. The bowler from Lahore also showed some glimpse of Malinga like control when he bowled a perfect yorker after hit for four. The yorker landed right underneath Kamran Akmal's bat and he managed to dig out the ball somehow. Watch the video here:
The way Akmal tried to defend the ball is exactly how Malinga terrified the batsmen over the years. People on Twitter also noticed the similarity with Malinga's action. The ball was very skillfully bowled by the young pacer Salman Irshad. His attempt to bowl the inswinging yorker showed his talent and control over the ball. Interestingly, Malinga is known for bowling the inswinging yorker, which is quite difficult to face for any batsman.
Salman Irsad's debut wasn't really as what he would have liked. Even though he became the talking point due to his bowling action, his bowling figures weren't good. In the 12-over reduced match, he bowled two overs by giving 33 runs. Peshawar scored 132 runs in their 12 overs, while Lahore Qalandars could only manage 116 runs. Salman Irsad's debut might not have been really impressive stats-wise but we can say Pakistan Super League has produced another fast bowler who can potentially become the next star of the sport.