ICC World T20: Spinners become the powerful components of T20

Editor Sportzwiki / 22 March 2014

ICC World Twenty20 2014 has begun in Bangladesh already. This is the platform where hard-hitting batsmen and the spin bowlers can show their magic. When the tournament has started it was seen that there are very little scope for the spinners to lay the flame on the field. Later, the spinners have shown amazing improvement in T20 internationals. They have proved that there is much more chances for the spinners and they can make their side to win by spin. At the same time there must be some hard-hitting batsmen in every team to confront the spinners.

The absence of pace has made it quite complex for the batsmen. Earlier, the batsmen got enough time to decide how to play a spin ball, but now due to variations it has been troublesome for them to clear the boundaries. The discrepancy of slower pitches has helped the spinners.

The spinners had not got many chances in the first 2007 World T20. They could bowl 24% only of the total overs of an innings. They got just four over in the joust which is only the 1% of the whole powerplay overs. But as it was hosted by South Africa, pacers got huge amount of overs to bowl, especially the powerplays. Spinner did not get many chances as captain did not have enough trust on them. Only two spinners are present among the top 11 wicket-takers- Daniel Vettori and Shahid Afridi. Two spinners who bowled in powerplays are Bangladesh’s Abdur Razzak and New Zealand’s Jeetan Patel.  But they could not take any wicket.

But in 2009 World T20, the teams had started to realize the importance of spinners. They had bowled 38% of the total overs and bowled 9% of the powerplay overs. There were five spinners among the top ten wicket taker.

Since the first edition, spin has widely contributed in the next two editions, the 2010 one in the West Indies, and the 2012 tournament in Sri Lanka. One thing, though, should be take into account that these two tournaments were played in countries where pitches are more suited for spin bowling. In 2010, spinners bowled 43% of the total overs and 22% in the Powerplays, while in 2013 the respcetive percentages went up slightly higher to 46 and 24 in 2012. Along with bowling more, the stats for spinners improved too – especially the economy rates – which justified the decision to bowl them more frequently in this format.


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