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The world is round, but the way it spins determines day for one part and night for another. Similarly the cricket ball is round, but the way you spin it determines whether it will bring dusk for the batsman or for you as a bowler. Indeed spinning the ball is an art form and several top notch players have their own styles and actions of bowling the spinning ball. Ever since Jim Laker took 10 wickets in an innings in the early 1950s, spin bowlers have been the part and parcel of almost every team in International Cricket. In this article we list the top 5 best spinners in International Cricket.
The spectators stood in awe and the commentators became silent when this man came out. Some said that he chanted spells and affected the ball but others in the Indian side knew that the lanky Punjabi’s handicraft which yielded the magic and silently they stood and absorbed the awe of Bishen Bedi. His Test career bears testimony to his legend. TESTS WICKETS ECONOMY AVERAGE 67 266 2.14 28.71
Qadir revolutionized the art of leg spin during a fast bowling dominant era & acted as a mentor & figure of inspiration for Shane Warne who came for Qadir for tips early in his career. The greatest strength of Qadir was his ability to bowl six different types of deliveries, which foxed any batsman into submission. With 236 test scalps under his belt Qadir was a prominent figure in Pakistan’s great test outfit of the 80s & led the spin department as a strike bowler which Imran Khan turned to. His career stats are: WICKETS ECONOMY AVERAGE TESTS: 67 236 2.71 32.80 ODIs: 104 132 4.06 26.16
Kumble lived at a time when the world bowling was dominated by greats and hence he has always had to be in their shadows. Despite that his feats are near legend and his persistence is told in all the cricket academies in India. Kumble’s crowing moment came when he equalled Jim Laker’s record of taking. WICKETS ECONOMY AVERAGE TESTS: 132 619 2.69 29.65 ODIs: 271 337 4.30 30.89
As he bowled his deliveries, his fame grew and so did his off-field headlines. Shane Warne’s characteristic in subjugation of his opponents was fear, aggression, taunt and stunningly spinning deliveries. His favourite hunting grounds were in England and favourite season was the Ashes. His career records stands testimony to his excellence and brilliance. WICKETS ECONOMY AVERAGE TESTS: 145 708 2.65 25.41 ODIs: 194 293 4.25 25.73
Murali perhaps is the greatest off spinner in the cricket history and is the leading test wicket taker in test cricket.He has highest international wickets combining both ODI and test cricket which is more than 1000 wickets. He is the highest number of 5 and 10 wicket taker in an innings in test cricket. He is the only player who took 10 wickets in an innings for the consecutive four test matches. He is the only player who got 50 wickets against every test playing nations.Apart from all these records, he was the number dialled when the Sri Lankan team was in danger by every Captain under whom he played. WICKETS ECONOMY AVERAGE TESTS: 133 800 2.47 22.72 ODIs: 350 534 3.93 23.08