Best Spin Bowlers: In cricket, spin bowling is a very common technique. The main goal of spin bowling is to spin the ball quickly so that it doesn’t bounce in a straight line when it hits the pitch. This will make it hard for the batter to hit the ball straight.
When the bowler uses spin, the ball gets to the batter much more slowly than when the bowler uses speed. We made a list of the top 10 best spin bowlers of all time to show how important spin bowling is to cricket.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan was ranked number one for Test bowlers for 1,711 days. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack voted him the best Test bowler in 2002. Muralitharan got 800 wickets in 230 innings in 113 test matches from 1992 to 2010, with a high of 9/51 and 16/220.
His test bowling average is 22.72 with a 2.47 economy. Muralitharan has 67 5 wickets and 22 10 wickets in test cricket. Between 1993 and 2011, he played 350 ODIs and got 534 wickets, with a best of 7/30. Muralitharan’s ODI bowling average is 23.08, and he’s taken 5 wickets 10 times. He’s the best spin bowler ever.
2. Shane Warne
Shane Keith Warne was a 1994 Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Ricky Ponting described his retirement as the “end of an era.” In 145 test matches from 1992 to 2007, he took 708 wickets in 273 innings, with best performances of 8/71 and 12/128.
His Test blowing average is 25.41 with 2.65 economy. Shane Warne took 37 5 wickets and 10 10 wickets in tests. His best ODI performance was 5/33 in 194 matches between 1993 and 2005. Warne has a 25.73 ODI bowling average with a 4.25 economy rate and once took 5 wickets. Warne is a top spin bowler.
3. Anil Kumble
Former Indian captain and right-arm leg-break bowler Anil Radhakrishna Kumble was a 1996 Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He was also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in February 2015. Anil got 619 wickets in 236 innings in 132 test matches from 1990 to 2008, with a best of 10/74 and 14/149.
His test bowling average is 29.65 with a 2.69 economy. Kumble took 5 or 10 wickets 35 times in tests. His best ODI performance was 6/12 in 271 matches between 1990 and 2007. Kumble has a 30.89 ODI bowling average and 4.30 economy rate. He’s taken 5 wickets twice in international limited over matches.
4. Saqlain Mushtaq
Right-arm off-break Saqlain Mushtaq invented the “doosra” He was the fastest to 100 ODI wickets. In 49 test matches from 1995 to 2004, he got 208 wickets in 86 innings, with top performances of 8/164 and 10/155. His Test blowing average is 29.83 with 2.64 economy.
Mushtaq took 5 wickets 13 times and 10 wickets thrice. His best ODI result was 5/20 in 169 matches between 1995 and 2003. Saqlain has a 21.78 ODI bowling average with a 4.29 economy rate and has taken 5 wickets 6 times. Mushtaq is known for having one of the best test bowling figures of all time.
5. Daniel Vettori
Daniel Luca Vettori is the eighth Test cricketer to reach 3,000 runs and take 300 wickets. Between 2007 and 2011, Vettori captained New Zealand. In 113 test matches from 1997 to 2014, he took 362 wickets in 187 innings, with a best of 7/87 and 12/149.
His test bowling average is 34.36 with a 2.59 economy. Vettori took 5 wickets 20 times in tests and 10 wickets 3 times. Between 1997 and 2015, he played 289 ODIs and took 296 wickets, with a best of 5/7. ODI bowling average is 31.90, and he’s taken 5 wickets twice. Vettori’s best ODI bowling spell puts him in the top 10 spin bowlers.
6. Shahid Afridi
Pakistani RHS Shahid Afridi has played more ODI matches than any other Pakistani cricketer. Afridi can deliver bouncers, which is remarkable for a spin bowler. In 27 test matches from 1998 to 2010, he took 48 wickets in 47 innings, with a best of 5/52 and 5/43. Afridi is one of the world’s best all-rounders and spin bowlers.
His test bowling average is 35.60 with a 3.21 economy. Once, Afridi took 5 test wickets. Between 1996 and 2015, he played 393 ODIs and had a best of 7/12.
7. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh Plaha is the second-most successful off-spinner in Tests. He’s also the first Indian bowler with a Test hat-trick. Singh took 413 wickets in 186 innings out of 101 test matches from 1998 to 2013, with best performances of 8/84 and 15/217.
His test bowling average is 32.37 with a 2.83 economy. Harbhajan took 25 5 wickets and 5 10 wickets in tests. His best ODI performance was 5/31 in 229 matches between 1998 and 2011.
8. Abdul Qadir
Right-arm leg spinner Yahoo! Cricket says Abdul Qadir “mastered googlies, flippers, leg-breaks, and topspins.” Graham Gooch said Qadir was better than Shane Warne.
In 67 test matches from 1977 to 1990, he took 236 wickets in 111 innings, with a best of 9/56 and 13/101. His test bowling average is 32.80 with a 2.71 economy. Abdul Qadir took 5 and 10 wickets in test cricket 15 times. His best ODI performance was 5/44 in 104 matches between 1983 and 1993.
9. Graeme Swann
Right-arm retiree Graeme Peter Swann became the first English off-spinner to collect 10 wickets since Jim Laker. Invented the “flying saucer ball” In 60 test matches from 2008 to 2013, he took 255 wickets in 109 innings, with a best of 6/65 and 10/132. His test bowling average is 29.96 with a 2.98 economy.
Graeme took 17 5 wickets and 3 10 wickets in tests. In 79 ODIs between 2000 and 2013, he took 104 wickets and had a best of 5/28.
10. Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath played all formats of cricket for Sri Lanka. He was also team captain. Herath is one of the best spinners and left-arm bowlers in cricket history. Only left-arm spinner with 433 test wickets. From 1999 to 2018, he led Sri Lanka to international victories.
Herath took 433 wickets in 93 test matches. His Test career included 9 10-wicket hauls and 34 5-wicket hauls.
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