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There are some unsung heroes, who render a helping hand for achieving milestones but never receive due acknowledgments! One such personality is the ex-cricketer Dilip Doshi, who has been a part of many great events in the field of cricket but never received due appreciation!
In this article, let us reflect on his life and get to know about his achievements and controversies!
Dilip Rasiklal Doshi (Dilip Doshi) was born on 22 December 1947 in Rajkot, Gujarat. He is one of only four Test bowlers to take 100-plus wickets who made their Test debut after the age of 30. He is a former Indian left-arm spinner and represented India in 33 Tests and 15 ODI matches.
Even before Doshi got a chance to play for India, he made a name for himself while playing county cricket. Doshi also served as the Managing Director of Entrack India. He is also the father of English cricketer, Nayan Doshi.
Less-Talked About Facts Regarding Dilip Doshi:
- Doshi played his first Test in 1979-80 when he was 32 years of age, and he immediately became Kapil Dev’s main foil in an enervate attack. For the next three years, he was an ever-present figure, glasses gleaming, and reached 100 wickets in only 28 Tests!
- Dilip could play for India only for four years in his life. Doshi probably would have had a long international career in cricket but with the presence of Bishan Singh Bedi, a world-class left-arm spinner already in the team India, he had to wait for his turn. Doshi is among the luckiest of the three great left-arm spinners in Indian domestic cricket history, whose chances of representing India got obstructed because they were born in the same era as Bishan Singh Bedi.
- Doshi made his Test debut in the year 1979, against Australia in Chennai. He was India’s best bowler in the game, finishing with match figures of 8/167, including a 6-wicket trail in the first innings of the match. In the final match of the series in Mumbai (then Bombay), he played a crucial role in India’s victory, taking 5/43 and 3/60 in the match tally.
- During the Melbourne Test in 1981, Doshi took 3 Wickets in the first innings, and 2 Wickets in the second innings. In total, he took 1/4th of Australia’s Wicket in his hand! But, No one knows that he had a fracture in his leg while playing this Test series! After many days passed post the series was over, Doshi revealed this in an interview, saying, “There was a fracture in my leg but still I said that I want to play. Every evening I used to get Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in my leg, it was very painful but at the same time, it used to reduce the swelling in my leg because of the fracture. Every next morning I had to put my legs in a bucket full of ice so that my feet could get fit in the shoes! But, very few people will understand that why I had to do that.. I did that because I was rest-assured that we will win the series and I had a crucial role to contribute to it!”
- Doshi’s agitated relationship with Sunil Gavaskar – especially during the Pakistan tour of 1982-83 – was primarily responsible for his Test career running into a brick wall.
- The failure to produce match-winning performances with the ball on a regular basis didn’t contribute to his cause either. It is also believed that his cold relationship with Sunil Gavaskar was a reason behind his exclusion from the Test team.
- Regarding Dilip’s controversy with Sunil Gavaskar, he said in an interview, “Sunil Gavaskar was a master Batsman. There are very few batsmen like him, but at many times we didn’t use to have even an eye-contact with each other even though he was the captain of our team. A bowler can be as good as a captain wants him to be or makes him, it is simple!”
- Even though Doshi used to play for India, he spared no pain in pointing out the falses in the Indian Cricket Team. In his autobiography “Spin Punch” he has written, “The Indian Cricket Team is only passionate about one thing: MAKING MONEY! This is extremely disgustful. BCCI works like a “Government under a Government” institution that is not even accountable to anyone or anything.”
9. Dilip believes that during his entire career, advertisements and promotions crossed all the boundaries. Highlighting an instance before a One-Day match, He Wrote, “Every talk used to center around sponsorship, prize money, logo royalty, and the match fees. Talks regarding cricket and the match were given the secondary or least importance. Today, No matter how many times Sunil Gavaskar show the love for the Nation, at that time he was a human who was fully endowed with personal liking/disliking, and when challenged, he used to become a hypocrite and often shuffled his talks! During the year 1981-82, he gave me a chance to bowl against England and advised me to take time. Thereafter when India was accused of a bad over-rate then I had to bear its brunt alone as if it was solely my fault, and then Gavaskar distanced himself from the issue!”
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By telling such instances, perhaps Dilip has unveiled the ugly side of the Indian Cricket!
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The Centre will launch a pilot project on the use of indigenously manufactured drones for delivering medicines in the undulating landscape of Jammu and surrounding areas from Saturday with a focus on vaccines delivery initially. "This is going to be a pilot project for the area. The drone is developed and manufactured entirely by our scientists," Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh told mediapersons. Singh said he himself will be launching the project at Jammu.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an autonomous Society that is headed by the Prime Minister. For now, the delivery would be limited to Covid vaccines and once successful, it would be expanded to be used for regular delivery of medicines in the remote, hilly areas.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). | Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
Jammu and surrounding areas are sensitive in terms of the strategic importance. Some months ago, there was an attack on an Army installation using drones. Will the 'drones for vaccines' be permitted in such a case? Allaying fears, a top official from the Ministry of S&T said, "The drones would be deployed by authorised agencies such as hospitals, not anybody can use it, nor would any random person be permitted to use it."
NAL has called the drone as 'Octacopter' and it can fly at an operational altitude of 500 m AGL and at maximum flying speed of 36 kmph. It can be used for a variety of BVLOS applications for last mile delivery like medicines, vaccines, food, postal packets, Human organs (such as heart for heart transplantation) etc. NAL Octacopter is integrated with a powerful on-board embedded computer and latest generation sensors for versatile applications like agricultural pesticide spraying, crop monitoring, mining survey, magnetic geo survey mapping etc., S&T officials had said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Jammu, Vaccines, Medicines, Deliver, Drones, Centre
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan shares how he feels when people compare him with his father Amitabh Bachchan on the singing reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. He also requests contestant Rajshree Bag to sing a track 'Bahon Mein Chale Aao' featuring his mother Jaya Bachchan.
Abhishek said after looking at the performance of Rajshree, who is often compared with Lata Mangeshkar on the show, that she reminds him of being compared with his father. "Rajshree, whenever I have got the chance to watch the show, I've seen people compare you to Lata didi. It actually reminded me about how people compare me with my father and ask me how I feel about it."
According to him Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor in the industry and this is what he says to everyone making these comparisons. "My answer to them is that there's no greater actor in this film industry than Amitabh Bachchan and if I'm being compared to him, I am sure I must have done something good."
"Similarly, your voice has a different kind of magic like Lata ji and that's why people are comparing your voice with her. I feel you should always take this as a compliment," he concluded. 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' airs on Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Rajshree Bag
Winters in India have always beckoned for that hot, steaming bowl of tomato and pepper rasam or the mellow, millet based Raab. Certain dishes like sarson ka saag, undhiyu, nimona pulao are winter specialites in the country. Seasonal food has always been an Indian speciality -- we switch our choice in fruits, vegetables, sometimes even grains with the onset of different season. The preference of using specific ingredients during certain climates is visible in our sweets as well. It's common to find local and traditional delicacies made of jaggery, instead of sugar during the winters. Case in point -- the Nolen Gur Rasgulla, a speciality made in Odisha and West Bengal between November to February.
Celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, strongly advocates this need of eating seasonal produce. He says, "The beauty of our food is in our seasonal usage of fruits and vegetables. If you realise, Gajar ka halwa is made aplenty during winters as this is the season when beautiful red carrots hit the market or mango pickle is made during summer, thanks to its availability. Despite people and sometimes, even me, suggesting that we should eat fresh as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, we do not know what chemicals are sprayed on them to keep them safe while they are growing. When this produce hits the market, there isn't a certifying agency like the FSSAI that will help people understand what vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides and germs and which ones don't. Hence, the onus lies on us to make them safe for consumption. ITC's Nimwash is a good solution."
When it comes to winters, the Chef recommends eating these fruit and vegetables:
* Purple Mogri -- Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country. But you can spot them during the winters in local markets in northern India where women pick them up to make raitas, curries and stir fries. Rich in magnesium, calcium and copper, the vegetable is known to aid people from digestive problems.
Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country, but you can spot them during the winters | Pixabay
* Sweet Potato -- A re-discovered favourite, Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. With its diverse addition in burgers, chips and even chat, the root vegetable is filled with nutrients such as fibres and vitamins.
Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. | Wikimedia Commons
* Avarekalu -- Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. Bangalore is famed for its Averakalu mela during the winter months, where you can find these beans in dosas, Pani puri and even Jalebis! Thronged by crowds from all over the city, the food fest is a gourmand's delight.
Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. | Wikimedia Commons
* Amla -- The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. High in Vitamin C, it is known to be immunity building and extremely beneficial for the skin and hair. There are multiple ways to eat Amla -- it is pickled, made into a fruit preserve called as Murraba or even eaten by sprinkling salt over it.
The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. | Pixabay
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: winter, Sanjeev Kapoor, chef, Indian gooseberry, Sweet Potato, Radish pods