10 Best off spinners in international cricket
Updated - Dec 5, 2015 12:53 pm
10 Best off spinners in international cricket: During the 1940’s and 50’s, off-spinners were used as mere backup bowlers by captains to provide rest to the fast bowlers. Unlike leg spinners, they were never an attacking option and hardly threatened any batsman. However, then came few sharp minded bowlers who changed this perception. These individuals brought more varieties and innovations in finger spin bowling which made off spinners a more wicket taking options in cricket. Nowadays, modern-day off spin bowling has become an even more attacking form of bowling in the game of cricket.
We have more often seen the offspinner’s come up with a new kind of a delivery. They know their strengths and weakness perfectly. With the introduction of limited-overs cricket, it was expected that the spinners, especially off-spinners will have a very tormenting time. However, that was not the case, they adapted aptly to the changes and have become a force to reckon with in the shorter formats too.
Here are the 10 Best off spinners in international cricket:
10. Sonny Ramadhin (West Indies):
Sonny Ramadhin can be regarded as cricket’s first mystery spinner. He was the first player of Indian origin to play for West Indies. The canny West Indian off-spinner baffled the batsman with his off breaks and “away going” delivery without any change of action or grip. He had a very unique grip. Ramadhin finished his Test career with 158 wickets at 28.98 from 43 Tests. He had 10 five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket hauls. His economy rate of 1.97 is the second-best (after Valentine’s 1.95) for any West Indian with 100 or more Test wickets. At the time of his retirement, he was also the highest wicket-taker for West Indies.