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Should ICC make 15-degree elbow extension permissible for doosra? Ravichandran Ashwin wonders

Doosra is a type of off-spin delivery that tends to spin in the opposite direction. As of now, the ICC has a 15-degree elbow extension limit to bowl the doosras. However, Ravichandran Ashwin feels that the law should be relaxed.

Should ICC make 15-degree elbow extension permissible for doosra? Ravichandran Ashwin wonders-ayh
Southampton, First Published Jun 11, 2021, 12:09 PM IST
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It is one of the most successful weapons used by the off-spinners when it comes to doosra. However, the International Cricket Council has made it difficult to be implemented of late owing to its 15-degree elbow extension limit.

Explaining what doosra is, according to Wikipedia, it "is a particular type of delivery by an off-spin bowler in the sport of cricket. The doosra spins in the opposite direction to an off-break and aims to confuse the batsman into playing an unavoidable shot."

Meanwhile, veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that the current limit set by ICC does not make sense and that it should be relaxed. He also thinks that former Pakistani Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner to have successfully bowled the doosra. At the same time, other legends like Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh and Saeed Ajmal were famous for bowling the wrong ones.

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"According to me, let's not do away with it, but enable spinners to bowl the doosra responsibly with an appropriate bend. There should not be any line of a breach. Everyone should be allowed to bowl as such - 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees," he said on a YouTube show, along with Prasanna Agoram (South Africa performance analyst), reports PTI.

"I want an equal balance between bat and ball. Bowlers need the same leeway as batsmen. It is how competition can get better. I want to see bowlers defend 125 in T20 cricket. But, in some cases, when the action happens only for doosra, I want ICC to flex it to 18.6 degrees. If the bowlers are allowed to bowl the doosra, the competitiveness should be considered," he concluded.

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