Difficult to judge arm angle: Kapil

Published on Mar 24, 2005 11:37 AM IST

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev said the naked eye could hardly perceive the angle at which a bowler's arm bends during a delivery.

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Former Indian captain Kapil Dev on Wednesday threw his weight behind off spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been reported for suspect bowling action, saying a naked eye could hardly perceive the angle in which a bowlers arm bends during a delivery.

"I have been a cricketer once and my perception is, it is difficult to understand how the angle of the arm can be perceived with naked eye... Whether it is 15 degrees or 18 or 12?" Dev told reporters at the sidelines of a CII seminar in New Delhi.

Harbhajan was reported for suspect action for his 'doosra', a delivery that spins away from a right-handed batsman, after the second cricket Test between India and Pakistan at Kolkata.

Incidently, the bowler was cleared by the ICC to play in the Test series against Pakistan earlier this month after he was reported for his 'doosra' in the second Test against Bangladesh in December.

On the next course of action by the Indian cricket board, Dev said: "BCCI and the technical committee that is looking into it will do their job. What we have to look to is what is the right method of action in such a case."

"I believe Harbhajan is very nervous but these things happen in life and can be sorted out," he said.

Ahead of the third cricket Test at Bangalore, the mood at the Indian camp is no doubt upbeat and Dev said "my heart says we should win".

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