The faster the ball, the quicker it races to the boundary. With the advent of the T20 cricket and batsman finding even more crazy ways to send the ball to the fence, quality spinners have become prized assets for any team. The slower pace of their bowling means the batman has to rely on his power rather than timing the ball as in case of facing fast bowlers making the possibilities of error high, also the sharp turn can leave many batsman baffled. So today we are looking at the Top 10 Best Spinners.
Top 10 best Spinners – the exclusive list
10. Muhammad Abdul Hafeez
Coming at number 10 in our list of Top 10 best Spinners we have Muhammad Abdul Hafeez, the Pakistani all-rounder. Though he is known for his reliable batting, he has proven time and again that he is a quality spin bowler as well with is accuracy. Effective in both ODIs and T20s , he is a regular entry in the top 10 of ICC’s bowler ranking
9. Imran Tahir
At number 9 in our list of Top 10 best Spinners we have Imran Tahir, veteran South African leg break bowler. One of the most consistent spinners of the game, he has been a real asset to the team with his spin and change of pace. In the South African side, spinners hardly get to make their place and Imran has not only proven his worth but is also a core member of their attack.
8. Monty Panesar
Coming at 8 in our list of Top 10 best Spinners is Monty Panesar. Monty an orthodox left arm spinner of England team is quite the fan favorite with many of his fan wearing fake beard and patkas while watching his play. Scalping 167 wickets in 50 tests and 24 for 26 in ODIs for England, he is an important part of the English spin attack.
7. Shakib Al Hasan
At number at 7 in our list of Top 10 best Spinners is Shakib Al Hasan. An extraordinary all-rounder, ranked as one of the best in the whole world and a hot property in all the auctions for T20 leagues across the whole world. He is one of the most successful cricketers in Bangladesh history. With 3977 runs in 141 ODIs at an average of 35.45 and 175 wickets while in Tests he has 2529 runs and 140 wickets in his tally.
6. Ajanta Mendis
At number 6 in our list of Top 10 best Spinners is Ajanta Mendis. He is a Sri Lankan cricketer who after his debut was termed the mystery bowler due to his unusual bowling style and is known for his googlies and carom balls. He is widely regarded as the best T20 bowlers in the world arena and as the best spinner to have come from Sri Lanka after the legendary Muralidharan.
5. Shahid Afridi
At number 5 of our list of Top 10 best Spinners is the flamboyant Pakistani all rounder Shahid Afridi. Commonly known as “Boom Boom” because of his aggressive batting style, but is been considered a better bowler than a batsman as he has scalped 350 ODI and 48 Test wickets. An unconventional bowler who surprises his opponents with his sharp turn, quick deliveries and bouncers too!
4. Daniel Vettori
At number 4 of our list of Top 10 best Spinners is Daniel Vettori, New Zealand all rounder and an ex-captain of his national squad. Often considered one of the most economical bowlers of all time, this left arm orthodox spinners makes run hard to come by with his accuracy and is also handy with the bat. With a test batting average of 30 and 360 wickets in 112 test and 284 wickets in 275 ODIs, he is a complete cricketer.
3. Ravichandran Ashwin
At number 3 in the list of Top 10 best Spinners 2017 is Ravichandran Ashwin, Indian right hand batsman and off-break bowler. He is considered the best current Indian spinner. Ashwin is also the fastest Indian to reach 50 and 100 wickets in tests. He is also the only other bowler who bowls the “Carrom ball” in recent times. His handy batting skill down the order is an asset to the team and has rescued his team in many tricky situations.
2. Sunil Narine
At number 2 in our list of Top 10 best Spinners 2017 is Sunile Narine, a West Indian bowler who is often considered the most dangerous bowler in the limited over matches. Having debuted in 2009, he came up the ranks to be considered one of the best in the whole world and has on many occasions single handedly seen his team to victory. He is also termed “Mystery Bowler” due to his variations in spin bowling.
1. Saeed Ajmal
At the top of our list of Top 10 best Spinners is Saeed Ajmal, a Pakistani bowler off-break bowler. He has proven time again why he is the best spinner in the world right now with his destructive bowling. His biggest weapon is his “Doosra” which comes out of nowhere and stuns the living lights of his opponents. He is also the quickest Pakistani to take 100 wickets. He has 169 wickets from 33 tests and 182 wickets from 110 ODIs
As the format is getting shorter and with the new rules favoring the batmen, many people are of the opinion that cricket is becoming batsman’s game but these bowlers in our list of Top 10 best Spinners prove otherwise.