Paul Adams played 45 Tests and 24 ODIs for South Africa. He took 134 wickets in Tests. At the same time, he dismissed 29 batsmen in ODIs.
There have been many bowlers in the history of cricket with strange bowling actions. There is no doubt that Paul Adams has a special place in that. It has been 19 years since this player retired from international cricket. But are you wondering why we are talking about him now.. Coming to it.. January 20 is his 46th birthday.
Named ‘Kappa’ due to bowling action.
Born on 20 January 1977 in Cape Town, Paul Adams was the center of attraction for fans during his cricketing days with his action rather than bowling. When he made his international debut in 1995, the batsmen were initially taken aback by his action. But, due to the lack of variety in bowling, they started to understand the balls. Former England opener Mike Gatting called him a ‘frog in a blender’ after witnessing his brilliant bowling action. After that, Adams started to call it Frog. That means he got this name because of his bowling action.
Fellow players say ‘dung’.
When Adams made his debut in the South African team, he was the only black cricketer. Even during his entire career, he was almost the only black man on the team. However, had to face discrimination based on skin color. At one point he was accused of being called cow dung by fellow players.
163 wickets in 69 matches..
Paul Adams played cricket for South Africa for 9 years. During this time he played 45 Tests and 24 ODIs. He took 134 wickets in Tests. At the same time, he dismissed 29 batsmen in ODIs. That means he took 163 wickets in 69 international matches.