One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leg break bowled with an apparent off-break action.
- ‘Denied the doosra, Harbhajan turned in a masterful performance of offspin bowling.’
- ‘Cricket needs to take a call on what the doosra means to the game.’
- ‘Morton, looking to work to leg, was trapped plumb in front with the doosra.’
- ‘A doosra, unlike the chuck from a fast bowler, can cause no bodily harm to the batsmen.’
- ‘The over-reliance on the doosra can sometimes distract a bowler from his primary craft.’
1990s: from Hindi and Punjabi dūsrā ‘second, other (one)’, from Sanskrit dvi- ‘two’.
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