Shivil Kaushik: Six interesting facts you need to know about Gujarat Lions' left-arm mystery spinner

The left-arm chinaman's style prompted comparisons with former South African spinner Paul Adams.

Updated: May 01, 2016, 16:20 PM IST
Shivil Kaushik: Six interesting facts you need to know about Gujarat Lions' left-arm mystery spinner

New Delhi: Gujarat Lions spinner Shivil Kaushik made heads turn in his debut match thanks to his unorthodox bowling action.

The left-arm chinaman's style prompted comparisons with former South African spinner Paul Adams.

Adams too was pleasantly surprised when this was brought to his notice on social micro-blogging site Twitter.

Though Shivil failed to make an impact in his first match, his unique bowling action did command a fair bit of attention.

Here are six interesting facts about Shivil Kaushik

The 20-year-old's cricketing potential was first spotted during the Karnataka Premier League, where he represents the Hubli Tigers.

Anil Kumble and his sports management firm Tenvic Sports played a key role in his development

He was bought at his base price of INR 10 lakhs by Gujarat Lions at the 2016 IPL auction.

At the moment Kaushik does not have a domestic team contract. This however is likely to change after the IPL season.

Interestingly, he does not know which way the ball will turn when it leaves his hand. "He's a back-of-the-hand bowler. He himself confesses that he doesn't know which one will turn which way," Hubli's coach Anutosh Poll was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

Apart from cricket, basketball and hockey were Kaushik's other favorites sports at school.