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In part one we examined the role of the doosra and how to bowl the finger doosra. This article looks at the other way to bowl "the other one"
Variation 2 is the wrist variation that was pioneered by Murali and has been used to great effect by Saeed Ajmal. The ball is bowled over the wrist.
You need to get your thumb completely out of the way to make space for the ball to go over the hand. Getting the thumb out of the way also helps opening the hand and helps with the whiplash action of the wrist.
Above shot shows the release angle of variation 2. It is released with a flick of the wrist over the open palm.
This variation is more difficult to hide if you have a very orthodox off spinning action. It's quite obvious what you are trying to do when the back of the hand faces the batsman and you flick the ball over your open palm.
The best way to counter this flaw this is to change your normal offspinning action to look the same. This is what Ajmal does. His stock ball offie is very similar to this over the palm flick with the wrist. So, when he bowls the doosra - which is a lot - you do not really see the difference.
Add to that the fact that he scrambles the seam on every delivery, stock ball or doosra, and you have seriously dangerous bowler!
Above shows another shot of the how the wrist should be positioned just before release.
The following 4 shots show the release sequence for variation 2. You can see it will help a bit to open the chest a bit more and drop the right shoulder ever so slightly. This way it reduces the stress you have to put on your shoulder, back and wrist when you release the ball.
You do not need the doosra!
If you can bowl the doosra then please let it loose in games. Make batsman run scared of you. They must stand there and not know where the ball is going.
It's a batsman's game and I want to see spinners come out on top.
But, if you cannot bowl it then please do not worry too much. Graeme Swann reached the top of the test rankings without having a doosra.
Let me say that again, the best bowler in the world at one point was an off spinner without a doosra. It's just not essential.
Swann is wonderful in doing the basics well. I'm sure he would also love to bowl the doosra, but he decided to work hard on what he does best. And did not worry about what he cannot do.
If you find that you simply cannot do it. Then get over it, do the basics well, and go and become the best bowler in the world with good old fashioned drift, dip and spin.