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The doosra seems to have almost become a standard delivery for off-spinners these days. If a new hot spinner breaks into the scene, you are almost guaranteed that he will be able to bowl a doosra.
Thing is, the doosra is devilishly tough to bowl. It's not for everyone. The good news is that it is not needed to become a top international spin bowler.
However, variations - used well - are as effective as ever.
So, before you give up on a ball that goes the other way entirely, you can look at other ways to bowl doosra-like ball; one that goes the other way without breaking your wrist or hurting your shoulder.
- Sunil Narine Cutter: Sunil Narine - an exception limited over bowler - can make the ball go the other way without bowling a traditional doosra. He just pushes it out the front of the hand like an orthodox leg-cutter. It’s tough to bowl, but it does look like it could be a bit easier on the rotation of the wrists and shoulders.
- Herath and Mendis Sri Lankan Flicks: The two Sri Lankan spinners Herath and Mendis flick the ball "carrom" style. There is no bending of wrists doing it this way. You do need massively strong fingers for this, but it is an option.
So, try to make it go the other way with different methods before giving up. You might surprise yourself and find one of those methods work for you.
Maybe you can even get it to go the other way with your own method. Spin bowling is as much asbout experimenting as it is about hitting the spot. That's the third method: give yourself the freedom to try new things.
The point is, have fun trying. Work hard on your stock ball and reward yourself with so experimentation in the nets. Just make sure no one is watching until you stop putting it in the side netting!