R Ashwin could be seen in action next when India faces New Zealand in the World Trials final.© BCCI
Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner to throw a “legal doosra” during his playing career, believes Indian star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who wants the game’s governing body ICC to remove the current 15 elbow flexion. degrees to an allowable level. Ashwin, in an engaging chat with former South Africa performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, spoke in detail about one of the deadly deliveries of the false-sons moving away from the righties. While Saqlain started the doosra revolution, others who played bad ‘one included Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh, and Saeed Ajmal. “In my opinion, let’s not eliminate it (doosra) but allow the spinners to responsibly throw the doosra with an appropriate elbow,” Ashwin said on his Tamil YouTube show “The Legend of the Doosra” with Agoram.
“There should be no breach line. Everyone should be allowed to play as such – 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees.”
Prasanna wants the so-called “line” put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of a 15 degree elbow extension to be widened and wanted to see the spinners play the “doosra” responsibly.
“I want an even balance between bat and ball. Bowlers need the same wiggle room as batsmen. This is how competition can improve. I want to see bowlers defending 125 in T20 cricket. This is the main thing, ”he added.
“But in some cases, when the action (of the referees) only happens for the doosra, I want the ICC to bend it to 18.6 degrees. If bowlers are allowed to play doosra, the competitiveness (between batsmen and pitcher) must be taken into account. ”he added.
Ashwin also said that former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the one who performed ‘doosra’ beautifully and legally.
“Saqlain played it (the ‘doosra’) beautifully and legally. He played it at a slow pace and it was also 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 stick.
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