DILIP DOSHI (MUM­BAI, 1979)

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Doshi was one of only two bowlers to that point who’d claimed 100 Test wick­ets af­ter de­but­ing in his 30s (Clar­rie Grim­mett was the other). Un­for­tu­nately, he was forced to com­pete with Bedi for the left-arm off-spin­ner’s po­si­tion. Upon his de­but, against Aus­tralia at Chen­nai in 1979, he made up for lost time, tak­ing eight wick­ets (6-103 and 2-64). Com­ing into the Sixth and fi­nal Test in Mum­bai, In­dia was 1-0 up on the Aussies, who felt they had a good chance of lev­el­ling. But in re­sponse to In­dia’s 8-458, they were spun out for 160, the smooth and clever Doshi tak­ing 5-43. In their sec­ond in­nings, Doshi prised Bor­der out when he looked doggedly dan­ger­ous on 61. The other two wick­ets were easy. An­other match-win­ning eight. Bill O’Reilly wrote of Doshi that he “taught us by ex­am­ple … Re­fined, thought­ful and bril­liantly ex­e­cuted spin can of­fer the game an ex­cit­ing fu­ture.” Bill was right, and, com­ing af­ter the cel­e­brated spin quar­tet, Doshi was a har­bin­ger of that fu­ture.

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