Dilip Doshi


Dilip Rasiklal Doshi (pronunciation; born 22 December 1947) is a former Indian cricketer from Bengal though his origin goes back to Gujarat. He played in 33 Test matches and 15 One Day Internationals from 1979 to 1983.[1]

Dilip Doshi
Personal information
Full name
Dilip Rasiklal Doshi
Born (1947-12-22) 22 December 1947 (age 76)
Rajkot, Rajkot State, India
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 146)11 September 1979 v Australia
Last Test14 September 1983 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 31)6 December 1980 v Australia
Last ODI17 December 1982 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
1968/69–1984/85East Zone
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 33 15 238 59
Runs scored 129 9 1,442 95
Batting average 4.60 3.00 7.87 7.30
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 20 5* 44 19*
Balls bowled 9,322 792 58,712 3,084
Wickets 114 22 898 75
Bowling average 30.71 23.81 26.58 25.80
5 wickets in innings 6 0 43 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 6 0
Best bowling 6/102 4/30 7/29 5/24
Catches/stumpings 10/– 3/– 62/– 7/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 5 October 2016

Doshi is one of only four Test bowlers that played their first Test after the age of thirty, yet went on to take more than 100 wickets, the other three being Clarrie Grimmett, Saeed Ajmal and Ryan Harris.

In Test Cricket edit

Doshi was already in his 30s when he made his Test debut at Chennai, against Australia in September 1979. Having waited for so long, he wasted no time making his presence felt: with figures of 6/103 and 2/64 he was India's best bowler in the match.[2] He continued to perform well in the series and in the final test match at Bombay, he was one of the heroes of an India victory with figures of 5/43 and 3/60. But perhaps, his greatest joy came, when he took 4/92 at Eden Garden, Calcutta, his (adopted) home town, in front of a70,000 strong crowd.

After this series, Doshi's place in the Indian Test team became permanent. Unfortunately, in the next few years hr failed to emerge as regular match winning bowler in the international level. He was accurate and consistent, but failed to show the killing instincts. His only match winning effort after the Aussie series came at Bombay, against England, in 1981–82. His 5/39, helped India gain a vital first innings lead in a low scoring match.[3] The emergence of Maninder Singh during the 1982–83 season hastened the end of Doshi's test career.

Doshi is considered one of the worst batsmen in Test cricket history, with a batting average of only 4.60. Doshi holds the record for the most Test Match innings in a career without ever batting above someone else in the order, with 38 innings batting at number 11 in the order.[4]

In ODIs edit

Doshi made his ODI debut during the 1980–81 tour of Australia. At Gabba, against NZ, he produced his best figures of 4/30. Both his average (23.81) and economy rate (3.96) in ODIs are impressive. But, he wasn't the most mobile of fielders, and with him being a real rabbit with the bat, he played only 15 ODIs for India. All-rounder Ravi Shastri was preferred to him for the 1983 World Cup.[5]

In first-class cricket edit

Though Doshi made his first-class debut with Saurashtra, he played most of his Ranji Trophy cricket with Bengal. It was for Bengal that he achieved the remarkable figures of 6 wickets for 6 runs against Assam in 1974. Overall, his long Ranji Trophy career shows 318 wickets at an impressive average of 18.33.[6]

He also played first class cricket for Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire in the English midlands. Overall, his first class career shows 898 wickets at 26.58 a piece. [7]

In March 1983, he led a West Bengal side for a short tour of Dhaka. In the three-day match, he led his side to an emphatic win with figures of 7/39 & 5/74. The guile of his spin was too much for the Bangladeshi batsmen. He took 3/27 from nine overs in the 45-over match.[8]

The unfortunate trio edit

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, three left arm spinners dominated the Indian domestic cricket scene. Along with Doshi there were, Padmakar Shivalkar from Bombay, & Rajinder Goel of Haryana & Delhi. Goel still holds the record for the highest number of wickets in the Ranji Trophy (640 at 17.14). Shivlakar holds the record for his team Mumbai. Years after years, they destroyed strong batting line ups in Indian cricket with the guile of their spin, only to be overlooked by the national selectors. The only reason was the presence of B.S. Bedi. With a world class left arm spinner readily available, the selectors were reluctant to give the others much chance. Thus, Shivalker and Goel had to content themselves with a few unofficial test matches against Sri Lanka. Goel was specially unlucky, in the sense that he was originally selected to make his official Test Debut against WI at Delhi, in 1974–78. But a last minute change saw off spinner Venkat replacing him. Doshi, in that sense, can be considered to be the luckiest; at least he got the chance to represent India in full internationals. Nevertheless, he too lost the best years of his playing career waiting for his chance to come.[6]

Career Test Bowling performances against other countries:[9]

Opposition Matches Wickets Average Best 5/I
Australia 9 38 28.15 6/103 2
England 10 36 27.55 6/102 2
New Zealand 2 5 32.80 2/18 0
Pakistan 11 27 38.66 5/90 1
Sri Lanka 1 8 29.00 5/85 1
Overall 33 114 30.71 6/102 6

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Dilip Doshi Profile - Cricket Player India | Stats, Records, Video". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  2. ^ "IND vs AUS, Australia tour of India 1979/80, 1st Test at Chennai, September 11 - 16, 1979 - Full Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  3. ^ [1] ESPNcricinfo Player Page Dilip Doshi (Retrieved on 2009-06-17)
  4. ^ Walmsley, Keith (2003). Mosts Without in Test Cricket. Reading, England: Keith Walmsley Publishing Pty Ltd. p. 457. ISBN 0947540067.
  5. ^ [2][permanent dead link] ESPNcricinfo Player Page Dilip Doshi (Retrieved on 2009-06-18)
  6. ^ a b "Indian Cricket 1995" (Compiled by P.V. Vaidyanathan), Kasturi & Sons Limited, Madras. Published in December 1995.
  7. ^ [3] ESPNcricinfo Player Page Dilip Doshi (Retrieved on 2009-06-18)
  8. ^ Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Cricket Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November 1994.
  9. ^ [4] ESPNcricinfo Player Page: Dilip Doshi (Retrieved on 2009-06-30)