Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinning player to make a “legal doosra” during his playing career, according to India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who wants the ICC’s governing body to remove the current 15-degree flexion to an acceptable level.
In an engaging discussion with former South African performance analyst Prasana Agoram, Ashwin spoke in detail about one of the deadly deliveries that revolves away from right-wingers.
While Saqlain started the doosra revolution, others who worshiped wrongly included Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh and Saeed Ajmal.
“In my opinion, let’s not remove it (doosra), but allow the rotating machines to take doosra responsibly with a suitable turn,” Ashwin said in his Tamil YouTube show “The Legend of Doosra” with Agoram.
“There should be no breakthrough line. Everyone should be allowed to buy as such – 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees.”
Prasana wants the extension of the so-called “line” introduced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a 15-degree extension of the elbow, and she wanted to see that the spinners put the “doosra” responsibly.
“I want an equal balance between bat and ball. Bowlers need the same freedom of action as batsmen. Here’s how the competition can be improved. I want to see how bowling defends 125 in T20 cricket. That’s the bottom line,” he added.
“But in some cases, when the action (of the referees) only happens for doosra, I want the ICC to bend it to 18.6 degrees. If the bowlers have the right to buy doosra, the competitiveness (between batsmen and bowling) must be taken into account, “he added.
Ashwin also said that former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the one who worshiped doosra beautifully and legally.
“Saqlain did it beautifully and legally. He did it at a slow pace and that was the legally possible speed (77 kmph),” he said.
The only other spinner, according to Ashwin, who bowled doosra legally was Shoaib Malik before concentrating more on cotton wool.