Harbhajan favours doosra

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 17:15 [IST]
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Harbhajan favours doosra

Jalandhar: India's leading spinner Harbhajan Singh today firmly supported controversial 'doosra', a delivery which was used by him as a secret weapon in number of occasions.

"Doosara is a potent weapon in an off-spinner's armoury and could not be ignored" said Harbhajan Singh.

In a spin summit in Brisbane last month Australia"s leading spin-bowling legends and coaches have elected to banish the doosra, making it difficult for their own spinners who are working hard to come at par with their sub-continental counterparts.

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"Aussies may not be interested in it. I have nothing to do with it," Harbhajan told a news site.

"In all other cricket-playing countries, including India, every player wants to add variations in his bowling and I think all youngsters should learn it," he said.

The 'doosra', an Urdu term for a ball that turns away from a right-hander, as opposed to a conventional off-spinner which turns towards him, has engendered debate over its legitimacy in world cricket.

Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has been credited with introducing the unorthodox finger-spinning delivery and it has been used by, among others, Test cricket's all-time leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan and India's Harbhajan Singh.


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