Down with the Pakistani Doosra


Down with the Pakistani Doosra

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza/ Arré


fter several political parties started calling for a ban on Pakistani artists, the Indian cricket team decided to up the ante. In a major blow to sound logic and cricket lovers, MS Dhoni stated, “Going by the national sentiment and the feelings of our beloved countrymen, Indian fast bowlers will not be bowling reverse-swing deliveries in the ongoing India-New Zealand ODI series. The team management has decided to ban these type of deliveries.”

Pioneered by Imran Khan and perfected by Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, the late reverse swing is Pakistan’s contribution to world cricket. Indian pacers like Javagal Srinath tried perfecting this art, but never really achieved the dizzying success as their Pakistani counterparts. In fact, Imran Khan has been using the reverse swing effectively even after his foray into politics. Khan mostly clamours for peace between the two neighbouring countries, but introduces a sharp late swing during election season by asking the government to blow up India.