Meaning of doosra in English:


Pronunciation /ˈduːzrə/


  • A leg break bowled with an apparent off-break action.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The over-reliance on the doosra can sometimes distract a bowler from his primary craft.’
    • ‘Denied the doosra, Harbhajan turned in a masterful performance of offspin bowling.’
    • ‘A doosra, unlike the chuck from a fast bowler, can cause no bodily harm to the batsmen.’


1990s from Hindi and Punjabi dūsrā ‘second, other (one)’, from Sanskrit dvi- ‘two’.