Forget doosra and teesra, try bowling the first one properly: Bedi to spinners

CricketNot too impressed with the current lot of spinners in international cricket, the legendary Erapalli Prasanna said not a single tweaker of the present era attempts to take wickets.

Former left arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi said he did not understand the bowlers' need to experiment with the doosra and teesra.

"Cricket has a lot of social connotations. What would you call the other man in a woman's life, a doosra. If it is not acceptable socially, then why is it acceptable in the cricket field? Forget doosra and teesra, try bowling the first one properly," he said. Talking about the current Indian team, former left-arm spinner said J&K off-spinner Parvez Rasool would get the impetus to catch up with mainstay R Ashwin after being drafted in the squad for the last tour.

"Ashwin is beginning to enjoy the responsibility of being the leading wicket-taker and perhaps the go to man for the Indian captain. As far as Rasool is concerned, he has a fair amount to cover, to catch up with Ashwin. At least he is in frame now and that should help him to gain a little more impetus and change his outlook towards the game," he said.

Asked if there is a concern with the present Indian bowling attack that is pace-dominated, Bedi said, "Who is concerned about this in BCCI? When things are going alright, everything appears to be hunky dory."

Meanwhile, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said even the IPL has brought in spectators but Test cricket remained the real game.

"Six years back, before the IPL started, Indian cricket was getting lethargic. It was going low. It looked like we might land up in a position like West Indies. The day cricketers would not play cricket but play basketball or football.

"IPL lightened the game suddenly. It got so much popularity that stadiums started filling up. There was nobody to watch Test matches, forget Ranji Trophy matches. After IPL, things have picked up. Lot many coaching centres have come up," he said.

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