The Virat Kohli captaincy era has coincided with the rise in stocks of Indian fast bowlers. There seems to be a factory of them and it was the most crucial factor in making Kohli the only Asian captain in history to beat Australia in Australia in a Test series. The flip side to that though is that the spin bowling bench strength in red-ball cricket has become a cause of grave concern. India has had a history of producing great spinners and one of them is a former left-arm spinner, Dilip Doshi.
Doshi, speaking on the sidelines of the Ranji Trophy final being played at Rajkot, stated that the art of turning the ball has gone out of fashion and that has made spinners around the world quite ordinary. He said that amongst the current spinners, only Nathan Lyons gives it a proper rip and his results are there for everyone to see. When it came to Indian spinners, Dilip Doshi stuck his head and said that Jadeja is India’s best red ball spinner and Ashwin is steady but hasn’t quite improved. It is worth remembering that in the 2nd test against New Zealand at Christchurch, Kohli preferred Jadeja over Ashwin.
The 72-year-old was quite dismissive of the doosra and felt spinners would to well to concentrate on turning and improving their stock ball as that would be used 90 percent of the time. He felt that spin bowling involves a lot of muscle memory and if one keeps switching to the doosra, it is but obvious that it would affect the stock ball.
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