India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner to bowl a ‘valid second’ during his career and wants the game’s governing body ICC (International Cricket Council) to replace the current 15-degree elbow bend. The limit should be removed and allowed up to an acceptable level.
Ashwin spoke at length about this dangerous delivery from off-spinners during a discussion with former South African ‘Performance’ analyst Prasanna Agoram. , Harbhajan Singh and Saeed Ajmal.
In a discussion with Agoram on his Tamil YouTube channel show ‘The Legend of the Second’, Ashwin said, “According to me, we should not finish it (doosra) but give the spinners the second ball responsibly with proper bend of the elbow. Must be able to throw. There should not be any violation in this. Everyone should be allowed to bowl with a turn of 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees.
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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 lead to better competition. I want to see bowlers defending the score of 125 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, according to him, another spinner who has a valid second thrower is Shoaib Malik, who started focusing more on his batting. .