Spin bowlers are extremely fascinating to watch. Spinners play a crucial role in a cricket team. All cricket fans throughout the world find it fascinating to see the ball curve, confound the batters, and strike the stumps. The best spin bowlers are those who can deflect the ball from the batsmen. They come in a variety of forms, including the traditional leg-spin, googly, flipper, leg break, and others. With magnificent displays of the “art of spin,” some spinners have firmly established their dominance in the game. They will always be remembered for their phenomenal performances with the ball.
Here’s a list of Top 10 Best Spin Bowlers of All Time –
1. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is by far the best spinner in the world and is also widely regarded as the “King of Spin.” Beyond the amazing number of wickets he took for Australia, Shane Warne’s impact as a cricketer is considerable. Warne is a master artisan with a variety of skills and a smart cricketing mind. He easily mastered the leg-spinner, googly top-spinner, and flipper versions of the traditional wrist-spinner. Many spin bowlers who went on to play Test cricket in the future claimed that watching Shane Warne inspired them. It is simple to overlook exactly how extraordinary Warne’s abilities were since there was so much to the complete Warne package.
Early on, he had the ability to bowl huge leg-breaks that also managed to swerve through the air; this was what made Mike Gatting’s “Ball of the Century” at Old Trafford in 1993. Warne was an essential member of the Australian team that won the 1999 World Cup. He finished with 20 wickets in the tournament and was named “Player of the Match” in both the semifinal and the world cup final match. His statistics may be second best, but they are quite incredible: 708 wickets in 145 Tests at an average of 25.41. No bowler has ever taken more wickets against a single nation than he did in his 36 Test matches against England alone (195) wickets.
2. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan is the top wicket-taker in test cricket ever. He is one of the best spinners in the world who bowled off breaks; he was a great innovator. With no indication of the world records to come, his international career got off to a somewhat modest start. But his flexible wrists, bent elbow, and quick shoulder rotation quickly rendered him unplayable. His totals of five and ten wickets are also records that are unlikely to be surpassed. Murali has been a nightmare for elite batters everywhere he has played.
3. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble, who departed as India’s greatest ever Test wicket taker, stands out among the best spinners of all time that India has produced in terms of total wickets. He stands out among current spinners because he bowls it flatter and faster than anyone else, and he has an arsenal that includes googlies, a type of flipper that keeps low and skids on, and a best spinner that bounces. He has incredible statistics to back up his claim that he is India’s greatest match winner since Kapil Dev. He has taken wickets on a variety of surfaces all over the world, and he is out on his own in front of the four players from the golden age.
4. Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq was another special kind of cricketer who had changed spin bowling. Saqlain’s ball was doosra. He invented this ball in the mid-90s. He was a master at it, an off-spinner-style delivery that was bowled with the same action but spun the other way, gave spinners a new tool in their toolbox. Even though he was a consistent performer in Test cricket, it was his One Day International performances that garnered the most attention.
5. Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori made his debut in 1997 at the age of 18, the youngest New Zealand player ever. Since then, he has worked hard to establish himself as one of the best spin bowlers in cricket, showing excellent control and subtle variations in flight. He became the youngest player to 100 Test wickets at age 21. He became the first Kiwi to take 12 wickets in a home Test in March 2000 against Australia in Auckland with five for 62 and seven for 87. Being the best left arm spinner in the world is an honour.
6. Lance Gibbs
Lance Gibbs was tall, with long fingers, a lively movement, and he finished his overs swiftly. He used the crease skillfully, clever variations in flight, and spun the bowl a lot. Ironically, a tall off-spinner who bounced his way to the wicket rather than one of their renowned speed merchants was the first West Indian to hold the record for most Test wickets taken. Lance Gibbs is still by far the best West Indian spinner more than sixty years after his debut. He had 17 wickets at 23 apiece in Pakistan in 1957-58 when he was only 23 years old, 19 wickets at 20.78 in three Test matches in Australia in 1960-1961 and 26 wickets at 21.3 in England in 1963.
7. Abdul Qadir
8. Nathan Lyon
9. Rashid khan
10. Derek Underwood