In the second T20 fixture in the recently played All Stars League, former Pakistani legend and off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq bowled a jaw-dropping spell. Despite not playing international cricket for more than a decade, Mushtaq bamboozled the batsmen with his variations, and even the great Sachin Tendulkar had no response to Saqlain’s magic.
Mushtaq, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was often called as the “Magician”. It was mainly due to his abilities to integrate variations in regular off spin bowling and entangle the batsmen in a web of agony. Saqlain over the years has single-handedly won Pakistan quite a few games. That is just seconded by his ODI stats of 288 wickets in just 165 games, at an economy rate of just 4.29. As a matter of fact, Saqlain was the mastermind behind the “doosra” being introduced in cricket.
Mushtaq had worked on the variation since a long time, and finally mastered the art of bowling the doosra. One of his most magical doosras was bowled against Australia’s Damien Martyn, in an ODI played in England. Mushtaq, backed by an extremely aggressive field setup bowled a vicious doosra to Martyn.
The ball pitched on leg stump, and rather than the conventional off-spinner turning into the right hander, the doosra turned away from Martyn. The Australian was shell shocked by the delivery and offered a dead bat. The doosra had done the trick, as the ball took a faint edge of Martyn’s willow and went straight to the fielder positioned in the slips.
Below, is the video of that magical doosra.