Former India cricketer, Dilip Doshi feels T20 cricket and pursuing instant success has hurt the training of spinners in modern day cricket.
Meanwhile, India picked three spinner three-spinner initially for the first three Test against England. Out of which, only Ravichandran Ashwin has played in all the Test. Young Kuldeep Yadav got a chance to impress at Lord’s but failed to make an impact.
Furthermore, Ravindra Jadeja is yet to get a game and has only come as a substitute fielder. Dilip Doshi feels the instant chasing of success has hurt the spinners growth. As a result, they lack basic knowledge of spin bowling.
“Any bowler worth his salt, if the action is not side on, he can’t pivot on the foot, propelling of the ball can’t happen. It’s the curse of the modern game. Short formats will give you instant success, the cup of joy will be full. But sometimes it becomes too late to change (action). Earlier, people groomed themselves into classical bowlers,” Doshi said.
The former left-arm spinner also revealed that spinners these days are too much defensive. Doshi also rates Graeme Swann as the last classical off-spinner of this generation.
“On a good pitch, the spinner has two-three fielders on the fence straightaway. It tells the batsman the bowler doesn’t have the confidence. For an off-spinner, having a deep point is a strict no. I’m old school, but this is an old game.
“Graeme Swann was the last of the classical spinners,” he points out. “Ashwin is top quality, but strictly in the modern sense,” Dilip Doshi added.
Too many coaches spoil international teams
Doshi also feels too many coaches spoil international teams. The former great believes positions are created to spend money and it is hurting the team’s chances.
“I believe there is no coach needed for international cricket. Ravi Shastri was himself a player, so he is more of a manager. Having been a successful cricketer, he knows what to say in the dressing room.
“You may need a fielding coach, a masseur, but if I have to guide a player, he shouldn’t be there (in the team) at all,” Dilip Doshi concluded.