Ravichandran Ashwin wants ICC to relax the rules of ‘doosra’ for balance in cricket.
Indian team’s star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wants the ICC to relax the elbow bend rule for the ‘doosra’ ball bowled by spin bowlers. Ashwin suggested that the ICC should allow it to bend to an acceptable level by removing the 15-degree limit for this. Also Read – R. Ashwin replied to Sanjay Manjrekar on All Time Great, said- ‘My heart hurts’
Ashwin was talking in detail about this dangerous ball from off-spinners during a discussion with former South African ‘Performance’ analyst Prasanna Agoram on his Tamil YouTube channel show ‘The Legend of the Doosra’. In this discussion, he said, ‘According to me, we should not eliminate it (doosra) but should enable the spinners to bowl the second ball responsibly with proper bend of the elbow. Also Read – Jaddu should not get the ‘Green Top’ in Southampton, the former wicketkeeper batsman advised
He said former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner in the world who was adept at throwing the ‘legal second’ ball during his career. Ashwin said, ‘Saklain started the ‘doosra’ and those who bowled ‘wrong’ include Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh and Saeed Ajmal. Also Read – Manjrekar in trouble for calling Ashwin the greatest bowler of all time; Said- This spinner has not been able to take 5-wicket hall in SENA countries
He said, ‘There should not be any kind of violation in this. Everyone should be allowed to bowl with a turn (15 degrees or 20-22 degrees). Agoram wants the ICC to increase the elbow bend limit to 15 degrees and also that spinners should bowl the second ball responsibly.
He said, ‘I want equal balance between bat and ball. Bowlers also need freedom like batsmen. This can improve competition. I want to see bowlers defending the score of 125 runs in T20 cricket. This is the bottom line.’
Agoram said, ‘But in some cases when the action of the umpires is only for the second, I want the ICC to reduce the bend of this elbow to 18.6 degrees. If bowlers are allowed to bowl second, then competition (between batsmen and bowlers) should be considered.
Ashwin also said that former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the only bowler to bowl the second ball beautifully legitimately. Another spinner, according to him, is Shoaib Malik, who threw a valid second, who started focusing more on his batting.