Spin bowlers, be it off spinners, leg spinners or wrist spinners in cricket are very important part of the game. They always play part in winning matches for their countries. With pitches in the sub continental assisting spinners, it is obvious every team adds one or two spinners in their playing eleven. We look at the five best spinners in the cricket world today.
Imran Tahir is one of the key bowlers of South African bowling line-up. He is currently the second-best bowler in the ODIs and is at the fifth place in T20I. In 81 ODIs he has played, he has taken 138 wickets with the decent average of 23.72. In T20I also, his performance has been impressive where he has scalped 57 wickets in 36 matches.
He is one of the vital bowlers of Indian bowling line up especially in test format. He is currently the best Indian bowler in Tests and second best in the world. He has taken total of 165 wickets in 35 tests at an average of 23.73 which is exceptional. In ODIs too, he has put up a decent show, claiming 155 wickets in 136 matches.
He is the most successful Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan. In 87 Test matches he has grabbed total 0f 407 wickets, which certainly tells the experience Hearth has in his bowling. Currently he is the only Sri Lankan bowler in ICC top 10 bowlers in Tests. With experience on his side, Rangana Herath is one of the vital members of the Sri Lankan team.
Nathan Lyon has been hailed as the best spin bowler in the world right now by John Davison. The biggest advantage of Lyon is his ability to spin balls even on those pitches who are not spin friendly. The ongoing Ashes series is the clear proof of it. He has rattled England batting line-up with Moeen Ali as his bunny, whom Lyon has claimed 5 times in 6 innings so far. He has already taken 60 wickets this year with an impressive average of 22.91. England batsmen have found him particularly tough to play and he has provided some crucial breakthroughs throughout the series. He has total of 283 test wickets to his name so far.
He is the best spinner of his generation. Ravichandran Ashwin is one gem of the Indian team, especially in the test format. He has taken 304 wickets in 55 test matches at an average of 25.44. On subcontinent pitches, he is lethal and has defeated the opposition entirely on his own in lot of Test matches. His recent performances against visiting teams such as Australia or Sri Lanka is the clear proof that why he is the best spinner in the world right now.