Romania’s Pavel Florin has become an overnight internet sensation after his unusual bowling action in a European T10 Cricket League fixture went viral on social media.
Representing Cluj Cricket Club in a 10-over match against Dreux Cricket Club, Florin bowled an over of ‘moon balls’ to the extreme. He barely used his front arm while delivering and amount of flex in his elbow certainly looked questionable to the naked eye.
Florin though is not one bit flustered by this sudden unwanted attention.
“Maybe someone says my bowling is not beautiful or not effective but I don’t care, because I love cricket," Florin, who discovered cricket only eight years back told the European Cricket League.
Reaction on the social media platform varied from mickey-taking to support for Florin, a fitness fanatic who says he works as a bodyguard.
He started off with a wide down leg side and carried on the over tossing the ball way above the batsman’s eye line.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) July 30, 2019
However, despite the loop and enough time to whack the ball anywhere, the batsmen failed to hit even one six in the entire over. In fact, Australian legend Mark Waugh too reckoned with absolutely no pace on the ball, Florin would be really tough to get away.
I reckon that would be very hard to hit. — Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 30, 2019
In an interview with the competition’s website in May, the Romanian said his role model was South African AB de Villiers and revealed his top score was 36 in a league match for Cluj.
Asked if he had ever been a hero for his team, Florin said: “I drove 500km during night time for nine straight hours just to reach the match in the morning. I stayed 14 overs on the ground and scored 34 runs not out.
“I would not call it a hero act, but it is the match that gave me confidence that I can be a good cricket player."
The European T10 Cricket League played at the La Manga Cricket Club in Cartagena, Spain comprises of eight teams divided into two groups and will run from July 29 to 31. Cluj Cricket Club have lost both their opening games and are currently placed at the bottom of Group A with no points.