INDIA’S TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Rayudu will now be required to undergo testing within 14 days. © AFP
Ambati Rayudu has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the first One-Day International between Australia and India in Sydney. The 33-year-old part-time offspinner will now be required to undergo testing within 14 days but is permitted to bowl in international cricket until the results of the tests are out.
Rayudu was seen bowling with a reworked action at the SCG, which seems to have been modelled on Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of approach to the crease and the delivery stride. He bowled two overs for 13 runs on Saturday having started well, conceding three runs in his first over, but was taken off when Usman Khawaja hit him for two boundaries in the next.
An illegal bowling action, according to ICC, is where a player is “throwing rather than bowling the ball.” This happens when the elbow extends by more than 15 degrees between the arm reaching the horizontal and the ball being released. Match officials use the naked eye to take a call on suspect bowling action and submit a report.
Rayudu’s bowling coming under the scanner is a huge blow for India, who have struggled to get a few overs in from their top six, unlike the good ol’ days when Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh could be more than handy. Rayudu’s bowling, if suspended, will mean none of their top-six can bowl, presenting further headaches for Virat Kohli, who has struggled with getting the team combination right after India’s defeat to the Windies in the third ODI in Pune.
India even wandered away from the very successful two-legspinner gameplan since then, and haven’t played both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzuvendra Chahal together in favour of Ravindra Jadeja’s overall package of batting and left-arm spin. Currently-suspended Hardik Pandya’s all-round abilities aren’t an option now and Kedar Jadhav’s round-armish bowling action keeps him susceptible to injuries, complicating matters for India further.