Full name Dilip Rasiklal Doshi
Born December 22, 1947, Rajkot, Gujarat
Current age 69 years 218 days
Major teams India, Bengal, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Saurashtra, Warwickshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Son - ND Doshi
|Test debut||India v Australia at Chennai, Sep 11-16, 1979 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Pakistan at Bengaluru, Sep 14-19, 1983 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 6, 1980 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v India at Multan, Dec 17, 1982 scorecard|
|First-class span||1968/69 - 1986|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1982/83|
Immaculate control of flight and turn made Dilip Doshi a much-respected left-arm spinner in English county cricket some time before he donned his country's colours. In another age, Doshi might have gone on to play 100 Tests for India. But like Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar before him, he was doomed to play out the bulk of his career in the immense shadow of Bishan Singh Bedi. An intelligent and patient bowler, Doshi was effective on even the most placid tracks. He played his first Test in 1979-80, when he was 32, and immediately became Kapil Dev's main foil in an emasculated attack. For the next three years, he was an ever-present figure, glasses gleaming, and reached 100 wickets in only 28 Tests (he and the legendary Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett are the only two to reach that landmark after making their debuts past 30). Doshi's uneasy relationship with Sunil Gavaskar - especially during the Pakistan tour of 1982-83 - was primarily responsible for his Test career running into a brick wall.
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