India Vs Australia: DRS row tarnished the image of 'Gentleman’s Game', feels Dilip Doshi

Dilip Doshi is extremely frustrated after watching Steve Smith who looked towards dressing room to take advice on DRS during the Bengaluru Test.

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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New Delhi, March 15: Dilip Doshi, the renowned left arm spinner from Bengal, seems to be a forgotten hero. The spinner who had an impressive haul of scalping 114 wickets in 33 Tests.

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Doshi debuted during Australia series in 1979 and turned out to be one of the heroes in India’s victory in the series by capturing more than 20 wickets.

India Vs Australia: DRS row tarnished image of 'Gentleman’s Game', feels Dilip Doshi

The 69-year-old cricketer, who also had impressive show in English county with Notinghamshire and Warwickshire, is extremely frustrated after watching Steve Smith, looking at his dressing room to take advice on DRS during the Bengaluru Test against India. (Kohli suggests burying the hatchet over DRS row)

Doshi speaking over phone, said on Tuesday (March 14), “I feel it will be difficult to call cricket a gentleman’s game. The game has already been tarnished by match-fixing and several other controversial incidents.”

The former Indian cricketer admitted, “It is not that during our time, cricket could be called true gentleman’s game. I have also had several experiences where the batsmen, after being alleged of leg before wicket, used to show their bats to deny that the ball hit their legs. So, even in our time, cricket was not purely gentleman’s game. But at the same time I have not seen any such incident in the recent times where a batsman is taking advice from the dressing room before taking DRS. It has been truly unfortunate.”

However, commenting on two Australian spinners, Doshi had praise for Nathan Lyon. He said, “Lyon has a beautiful flight. Even after being hit, he never gets scared to deliver that flight. Steve O’Keefe does not look that much versatile. Rather, his key weapon is discipline. Despite having limitation with the ball, O'Keefe maintains excellent line and length.”

Doshi also refuted allegations, being made on the turning tracks in Bengaluru and Pune.

He said, “Each and every country prepares pitches according to their team’s strength. So, there should not be any allegation against the pitches on Indian soil by any other country.”

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