Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time

The technique of spin bowling is used in cricket very often. The main purpose of Spin bowling is to bowl with a rapid rotation, to make it deviate from the normal straight path when it bounces on the pitch. This will make it difficult for the batsman to make a clean hit. It case of spin bowling, the speed at which the ball reaches the batsman is much slower than in case of fast bowling.

Depending on the physical technique being used, this style of bowling can be divided into four categories, i.e. off-spin, left-arm orthodox spin, leg break and left-arm unorthodox spin. Depending on the technique, the bowler may use either finger motion or predominant wrist motion. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time.

Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time

10. Rangana Herath

Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time

Sri Lankan slow left arm orthodox bowler Rangana Herath is currently ranked as the number three Test match bowler in the cricket world. He was stated as Sri Lanka’s No. 1 bowler after the retirement of Muralitharan by former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene. He took 261 wickets in 105 innings out of 58 test matches he participated from 1999 to 2015, with a best bowling performance in an innings of 9/127 and in a single test match of 14/184. Rangana Herath’s test bowling average is 29.56 with an economy rate of 2.75. Herath took 5 wickets 21 times and 10 wickets 4 times in test cricket. He also took 73 wickets in 69 ODI matches he played between 2004 and 2015 and achieved his best ODI performance of 4/20. Rangana Herath has a bowling average of 31.28 with an economy rate of 4.35 in international limited over matches.

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9. Graeme Swann

Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time

Retired English Right-arm off break Bowler Graeme Peter Swann was the first modern era English off-spinner to take 10 wickets in a match since Jim Laker. He is also noted for pioneering the unique “flying saucer ball”. He took 255 wickets in 109 innings out of 60 test matches he participated from 2008 to 2013, with a best bowling performance in an innings of 6/65 and in a single test match of 10/132. His test bowling average is 29.96 with an economy rate of 2.98. Graeme took 5 wickets 17 times and 10 wickets thrice in test cricket. He also took 104 wickets in 79 ODI matches he played between 2000 and 2013 and achieved his best ODI performance of 5/28. Graeme Swann has a bowling average of 27.76 with an economy rate of 4.54 in ODI, and also took 5 wickets once in international limited over matches.

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8. Abdul Qadir

Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time

At number 8 of Top 10 Spin Bowlers of All Time, Retired Pakistani Right-arm leg spin Bowler Abdul Qadir is widely regarded as he “mastered the googlies, the flippers, the leg-breaks and the topspins” according to Yahoo! Cricket. Former English captain Graham Gooch once stated that “Qadir was even finer than Shane Warne.” He took 236 wickets in 111 innings out of 67 test matches he participated from 1977 to 1990, with a best bowling performance in an innings of 9/56 and in a single test match of 13/101. His test bowling average is 32.80 with an economy rate of 2.71. Abdul Qadir took 5 wickets 15 times and 10 wicket 5 times in test cricket. He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODI matches he played between 1983 and 1993 and achieved his best ODI performance of 5/44. Qadir has a bowling average of 26.16 with an economy rate of 4.06 in ODI, and also took 5 wickets twice in international limited over matches.

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  • Tanveer Ahmad

    Where is Saeed Ajmal ?

  • Taffbanjo

    Utterly ridiculous – Wilfred Rhodes, Hedley Verity, Johnny Wardle, etc.?
    The compiler is obviously very young and knows little about cricket’s history.