Southampton, June 10th
Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner who played a “legal doosra” during his playing career, says India’s star guarantor Ravichandran Ashwin, who wants the ICC gaming regulatory body to end the current 15-degree elbow flexion to a level permissible.
Ashwin, in an engaging discussion with former South African performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, elaborated on one of the lethal deliveries of spinners that evade right-handers.
As Saqlain started the doosra revolution, others who played wrong ‘un included Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh and Saeed Ajmal.
“According to me, we’re not going to end this (doosra), but allow the spinners to responsibly launch the doosra with an appropriate curve,’ Ashwin said on his Tamil YouTube show ‘The Legend of the Doosra’ with Agoram
“There shouldn’t be any violation lines. Everyone must be allowed to play as such – 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees. ” Prasanna wants the extension of the so-called ‘line’ put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of the 15-degree elbow extension and wanted to see the spinners play the ‘doosra’ responsibly.
“I want an equal balance between bat and ball. Players need the same leeway as batsmen. That’s how competition can improve. I want to see players defending 125 in cricket T20. This is the final result”, he added.
“But in some cases, when the action (of the referees) happens only for the doosra, I want the ICC to flex it to 18.6 degrees. If pitchers can throw doosra, competitiveness (between batsman and pitcher) must be considered,” he added.
Ashwin also said that former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the one who played ‘doosra’ beautifully and coolly.
“Saqlain played (the ‘doosra’) beautifully and legally. He played at a slow pace and also at the legally possible speed (77 km/h),” he said.
The only other spinner according to Ashwin, who played doosra legally, was Shoaib Malik before he started to focus more on his hitting. PTI