RAJKOT: Dilip Doshi, one of the last in the assembly line of great Indian spinners, is a bit worried that the art is on the wane.
“I would hate to say the art is dying, but it definitely is in a problematic phase,” the former left-arm spinner said on the sidelines of the Bengal versus Saurashtra Ranji Trophy final at the SCA Stadium here on Tuesday.
“Spin bowling all over the world is very ordinary now,” he put it bluntly. “But if you ask me, I like Nathan Lyon among modern-day spinners. He has a classical action and good attitude too. Otherwise, I don’t see any hope,” he lamented.
The former Bengal and Saurashtra cricketer rated Ravindra Jadeja as a better spinning option than Ravichandran Ashwin in the current Indian scenario. “I still think Jadeja is the best spinner in this side,” he said.
As for Ashwin, Doshi is not satisfied with his progression. “Ashwin has not improved over the years. I agree he is steady, but I feel he has not improved to a level where he should have been for whatever reason it may be,” he observed.
“First get your pehela right,” Doshi quipped. “I will say 98% of spin bowling is your stock ball. So you have to master your stock ball first,” he said.
The 72-year-old feels there’s actually no need for experimentation. “Controlling your stock ball is important and in doing so, you have to vary it according to situations and the batsmen. But that variation comes within your stock ball,” he stated.
Doshi discouraged use of doosra as he felt it affects the stock ball. “Spin bowling has a lot of muscle memory. If you keep changing your action, it affects your main delivery. It’s like writing. You don’t change your grip for that,” he elaborated.