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Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

ICC Should Allow Elbow Extension For Doosra To Permissible Level, Says Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin, who wants the game’s governing body ICC to do away with the current elbow flexion of 15 degrees to a permissible level feels Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner who bowled a “legal doosra” during his playing career.

Ravichandran Ashwin in an engaging discussion with former South Africa performance analyst Prasanna Agoram spoke elaborately about one of the off-spinners lethal delivery that spins away from right-handers.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Urges ICC To Enable Spinners To Bowl The Doosra With An Appropriate Bend

While Saqlain Mushtaq started the doosra revolution, the others who bowled the wrong ‘un included Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh, and Saeed Ajmal.

“According to me, let’s not do away with it (doosra) but enable spinners to bowl the doosra responsibly with an appropriate bend,’ Ravichandran Ashwin said in his Tamil YouTube show ‘The Legend of the Doosra’ with Prasanna Agoram.

“There should not be any line of breach. Everyone should be allowed to bowl as such – 15 degrees or 20-22 degrees.”

File photo of Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh.© AP
File photo of Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh.© AP
Ravichandran Ashwin wants the broadening of the so-called ‘line’ put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of 15 degrees elbow extension and wanted to see spinners bowl the ‘doosra’ responsibly.

“I want an equal balance between bat and ball. Bowlers need the same leeway as batsmen. This is how competition can get better. I want to see bowlers defend 125 in T20 cricket. That’s the bottom line,” he added.

“But in some cases when the (umpires’) action happens only for doosra, I want ICC to flex it to 18.6 degrees. If the bowlers are allowed to bowl the doosra, the competitiveness (between batsmen and bowler) should be considered,” he added.

A doosra is a particular type of delivery by an off-spin bowler in the sport of cricket. The doosra spins in the opposite direction to an off-break (the off-spinner’s default delivery) and aims to confuse the batsman into playing an unavoidable shot.

The doosra was popularised by former Pakistani international cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq. A variety of bowlers have made considerable use of the doosra in international cricket. Users include former Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, Indian Harbhajan Singh, and South African Johan Botha. Other Pakistanis who use it include Shoaib Malik and former spinner Saeed Ajmal.

A rule change was proposed after Muttiah Muralitharan was reported for suspect bowling action and it was accepted at a meeting of ICC chief executives in early 2005, stating that any bowler may straighten the arm up to 15° (which was earlier 9° for spinners and 12° for seamers) as his doosra once again became a legal delivery.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Saqlain Mushtaq Bowled The Doosra Beautifully And Legally

Ravichandran Ashwin also said that former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was the one who bowled the ‘doosra’ beautifully and legally.

“Saqlain bowled it (the ‘doosra’) beautifully and legally. He bowled it at a slow pace and it was also the legally possible speed (77 kmph),” he said.

Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004
Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004 (Reuters)

The only other spinner according to him, who bowled the doosra legally, was Shoaib Malik before he started concentrating more on his batting.

Saqlain Mushtaq played international cricket between 1995 and 2004. Saqlain Mushtaq, known for introducing the Doosra, in his first full year (1996) with the Pakistan team established a record for the most ODI wickets in a calendar year (65). He then did even better the following year, setting a mark (69) that still stands.

His impact was so great that he became the fastest bowler in history in terms of time (one year and 225 days) to reach the landmark of 100 ODI wickets, and to this day, no one else has got there in less than two years.

Johan Botha
Johan Botha. Image Credit: Twitter.

BBL 2020: Johan Botha Set To Play For Hobart Hurricanes; Comes Out Of Retirement

Former South African spinner Johan Botha has made a U-turn from his retirement to play in the Big Bash Leauge (BBL) 2020 for Hobart Hurricanes for which he had played in the eighth season.

The 38-year-old Botha retired from international cricket in 2019 after representing South Africa in 5 Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is for the Proteas in which he scalped 17, 72 and 37 wickets respectively. He is currently the assistant coach of the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition.

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Johan Botha. Image Credit: Twitter.

But he has come back from his retirement because he feels that he is still fit to play the game.

“It was a choice between ‘Do I further my coaching career, or do I miss the first couple of games of the Pakistan Super League?'” Johan Botha said.

“I figured I’m as fit as I’ve ever been, and I feel I can still make a contribution to the team,” he continued. “I’ve missed playing but I didn’t really want to put it out there and say ‘can you pick me’ in case it didn’t work out, so we kept it quiet from when we first chatted about it at the Shield hub in Adelaide, and it slowly built up from there.”

Johan Botha available from the game one for Hurrican:

Johan Botha
Johan Botha. Image Credit: Twitter.

Botha is no stranger to the BBL, having previously played three seasons with the Adelaide Strikers from 2012 to 2014, before joining the Sydney Sixers from 2015 to 2018, and then the Hobart Hurricanes for BBL 8.

His Australian citizenship in 2016 and is on the coaching roster for Tasmania, will qualify as a local player and be available for the first game.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will start their BBL 10 campaign when they face reigning Champions, the Sydney Sixers, at Blundstone Arena on Thursday.


Virat Kohli – The Best at the Moment by Far – Johan Botha

Virat Kohli’s ever-growing list of admirers has one more name to it, and the latest one is none other than Johan Botha.

The former South Africa spinner took to Twitter to laud the India skipper after being impressed by his attitude in the final session of the second day’s play in the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka. The incident had taken place in the 88th over when Kohli stole a single after Cheteshwar Pujara failed to make contact with a Suranga Lakmal’s delivery and it went behind the stumps.

However, Niroshan Dickwella failed to grab the ball cleanly, and it was enough for Kohli to steal a single.

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Credits: BCCI

Impressed by that attitude, Botha called Kohli the best at the moment by far, as he tweeted:

“Kohli the best at the moment by far, intensity & passion… game changes immediately- running a bye to keeper session 3 day 2. @imVkohli ??”

Meanwhile, Kohli did not take long to justify Botha, as he slammed his 19th Test hundred and broke a few more records.The century was his tenth this year, and it made him the captain with most hundreds in a calendar year.

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Kohli scored his ton off 130 balls (Credits: BCCI)

The record was previously held by Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith who had scored nine hundred in a calendar year. Ponting had managed the feat on two occasions in consecutive years, in 2005 and 2006 while Smith did it in 2005.

Kohli, who had also scored four double centuries in as many series during the last season, also went past the legendary Sunil Gavaskar to become the India skipper with most Test centuries. Kohli has now scored 12 Test hundreds as a skipper while Gavaskar had scored 11.

Also Read: (IND vs SL, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli Breaks Ricky Ponting & Graeme Smith’s Record With 10th Century Of 2017)

(IND vs SL 2017, 2nd Test, Day 3: Virat, Pujara Enter Record Books in Nagpur)

Tymal Mills, Johan Botha Set To Play In Hong Kong T20 Blitz

England’s bowling sensation Tymal Mills along with the Proteas all-rounder Johan Botha have been roped in by two franchises Kowloon Cantons and Hung Hom JD Jaguars respectively for the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.

Apart from them, Sri Lankan legends Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan are believed to have been included too. The tournament is scheduled to be played between March 8 to 12.

Mills, the left-arm seamer, showed a great heart and was impressive in the T20I series against India. Bowling at a fleeting speed of above 90 mph, Mills found success once in all three matches. Destructive with his pace, Mills was equally efficient with the slower ones too, as he dismissed a well settled Yuvraj Singh in the Bengaluru game with a back-of-the-hand slower cutter.

The 24-year-old from Essex said he prefers to play the T20 format, ‘It’s a unique situation that has forced upon me but I am lucky to be doing what I do and everything I do now is great towards becoming the best player in this form of the game.’


“I am delighted to have signed for Kowloon Cantons for the upcoming Hong Kong Blitz. It is great to be involved in such a young tournament that has the potential to grow the game significantly. Looking forward to linking up with the Kowloon Cantons family in March.”

The Jaguars, who have roped in Botha, already have former West Indian captain Darren Sammy and New Zealander James Franklin and are confident of making a big impact in the tournament. Botha recently wrapped up his season with the Sydney Thunders in Big Bash League (BBL), who lost the final to Perth Scorchers. 

Talking about the all-rounders impact, Trevor Penny, who is a part of Hung Hom JD Jaguars’ coaching staff said, ‘Botha is a wonderful asset to have on any team XI. He can help stall the opposition’s momentum with his economical spells, as well as bolster our team scores with the bat.’

The other teams participating in the tournament are Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, City Kaitak and Hong Kong Island United.


Johan Botha Pushing Hard For Selection In Australian Side

Johan Botha, former South Africa’s limited-overs skipper, is eyeing to play for Australia which in itself could be a dramatic move if he gets a green signal from Cricket Australia in future.

“It would be unbelievable. Australia is a team that I’ve watched for a long time. Especially growing up when South Africa didn’t play international cricket, Australia was my favourite team to watch. So to do that, I think it’ll feel a little bit unreal. But we’ll have to wait and see,” said Botha, quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

The 34-year-old all-rounder Botha, who is playing for Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers, became an Australian citizen in November and has been categorized as a local player.

Botha could be a strong contender if he continues to perform well in the ongoing season of BBL. After scoring unbeaten 30 off 19 balls for Sydney Sixers and 1 for 26 with the ball, Botha was adjudged Man of the Match following his side’s six-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday’s fixture.

“I suppose there might be a chance, a very slim chance. As long as there’s that. But it’s up to Cricket Australia. I just need to hopefully help the Sixers win some games and if it comes my way, then great,” Botha added.

Now, Adelaide-based Botha moved to Australia from South Africa in 2012 before joining domestic side Redbacks in the same year. After Redback’s implemented the youth policy, the handy all-rounder has been left without a state contract.

In November, in an interview with Fox Sports, Botha urged he would add value in limited-overs cricket and hinted to be available for the T20 format.

“They will say I’m too old but I still feel that in the shorter form I can play another two, three or four years. There might be a little gap in the shortest form. Glenn Maxwell is a top order batsman who gives you some spin. I suppose someone at 7 or 8 who can bowl some spin could also be handy,” Botha concluded.

Dating back to history, only 26 players have managed to represent two countries during their cricketing career. Billy Midwinter was the first player who had joined England in the 1870s and 1880s after playing for Australia.

Botha might be 27th in the list if he gets a nod and could become only the second player in history to represent both South Africa and Australia after Kepler Wessels.

Botha represented South Africa in 78 ODIs, 40 T20Is and five Tests. He bagged 72 wickets in the ODIs, 17 wickets in Tests and 37 wickets in the T20I.

He led the Proteas in 11 T20Is and 10 ODIs respectively.

Johan Botha of Sydney Sixers picked up one wicket and score 30 runs and thus was awarded as Man-of-the-Match.

BBL 2016/17: A Win Over Perth Scorchers Takes Sydney Sixers To Top Of The Table

It was Sydney Sixers who walked out victorious in the Big Bash League group stage clash against Perth Scorchers on Tuesday by six wickets to register their second win in three games played so far.

Under a clear sky at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Sixers took on Perth Scorchers, who won the toss and elected to bat first. Coming in with a win in their last match, Perth had a sluggish start to their innings, losing two wickets well within the powerplay. The visitors could hardly mount any pressure on Sixers, as losing wickets on the regular wasn’t helping the cause either.

Johan Botha led bowling line-up kept things tight for the hosts as each of the six bowlers, who were handed the ball, did not leave empty hand. For Perth, wicket-keeper batsman Sam Whiteman joined Mitchell Marsh, who remained not out on 31 and scored major portion of the side’s runs. However, captain Adam Voges looked out of sort, as he couldn’t inspire his side to a avoid a collapse. Perth in total managed just 130 runs on the board in their quota of 20 overs.

In their quest to maintain the points lead in the tournament early on by winning the game, Sixers lost Veteran Brad Haddin in the fifth over for just seven runs. Joined by the captain Moises Henriques at the crease, England’ Sam Billings continued to perform on the other end. Both the right-handed batsmen anchored the innings but couldn’t go far as pacer Andrew Tye and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh wrapped up Henriques (24) and Billings (40) respectively.

Late resistance from Jordan Silk and Johan Botha helped Sixers cross the winning with six wickets in hand and two overs to spare. For picking up one wicket and scoring 30 runs, skipper Johan Botha was given the Man-of-the-Match award.


Perth Scorchers – 130/8; Mitchell Marsh 31*(29), Sam Whiteman 28(16), William Somerville 2/10.

Sydney Sixers – Sam Billings 40(30), Johan Botha 30*(19), Andrew Tye 3/15.

South Africa's all-rounder Johan Botha owns an Australian citizenship also.

Ex-Proteas Skipper Johan Botha Earns Australian Citizenship

Former South African captain and all-rounder Johan Botha has earned an Australian citizenship now, his Big Bash League (BBL) side Sydney Sixers confirmed through social media on Thursday.

Botha has represented Proteas in 5 Tests, 78 One Day Internationals and 40 T20Is after making his debut against India in 2005 in Hyderabad.

The off-spinner who moved to Australia in 2012 has now registered with the Sydney Sixers as a local player on their roster. After speaking to side’s website recently, Botha said he is happy to own the citizenship of Australia.

“It’s been a bit of a process but very happy to finally get it over the line. I think when we came over four years ago this wasn’t our main intention or main plan, but as time has gone on everyone has just settled really well and I suppose this was just the next step for us as a family and for our future”

The 34-year-old started off playing in Australia with the South Australian Redbacks in 2012 season of BBL and later settled down with his family in Adelaide itself. The ex T20 skipper of South Africa says he loves his current city (Sydney) and looks forward to spending more time here.

“The six weeks in Sydney fits really well, it’s obviously the long school holidays so all four of us can come up to Sydney. It’s a great time of the year to be in Sydney and we really enjoyed it last year and all four of us are really looking forward to it again.”

Having played around 224 T20 games across the globe so far, Botha now gears up for the 2016-17 BBL season which starts from 20th December. His team Sydney Sixers will aim to repeat the heroics they produced in 2011, the year when they won the title for the first time.

“As a team, we’d definitely like to bounce back and show why the Sixers are one of the better teams in the competition,” Botha said. “We have some work to do from last season, obviously we didn’t play at our best and we had some injuries, but that’s no excuse.”


On this day: 5 things to re-live on the 2nd of May

Over the years, the sport of cricket has provided us moments of emotion and pride and has at the time taken us to the lowest position mentally in our life.

The amount of influence the game has on our day to day life is ridiculously large and it will continue to do so at least in our country with the largest following for the sport.

This is one of the major reasons why we try to relive those moments every opportunity we get. For people like those, we have come up with this segment in which we try to re-live all the big moments from the last century that happened on the same date as today.

Let’s relive 5 of the very best moments that took place over the years on the 2nd of May: