Best Spin Bowlers of All Time

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1Shane Warne (Australia)

More than a spin bowler, he could single handedly save the game on his own. I have never seen a spin bowler who is so dominant since.Murali took more wickets in total but warn was more of a match winner than murali. The more warn bowled the better he became, whereas for murali a good batsman can handle him provided he survived early stages of his bowling, with Warne the opposite was true. Such mental power with this guy, I'm glad I watched him through out his career. For me he is the best and most interesting bowler to watch (that's just me some people may differ on this).

Warne was a master of getting into the batsmans mind and a hugely talented spinner who took wickets everywhere without too much bend in his elbows, the best of the modern game but the best of all time? Clarrie grimmet may have something to say.

Unlike others who might be in a bad team warne would of had to start bowling when most of the wickets were already taken, he was a better batter too and unlike most other bowlers being the only good one in his team he would be in the top team and still be able to be one of the best even with other great bowlers who would be able to outnumber him

Not only the best spin bowler who has ever lived but most likely who will ever live...

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2Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)

Now the cricket has changed significantly from the past now a days due to icc changing rules which mostly affects the bowlers so the bowlers wanted to contain. The speciality of Ajmal is that he contained the runs and at the same time took wickets too which is a unique thing. he is an attacking cricketer and the best thing about his personality is that he is a man who is full of sports man spirit and always ready for challenges. According to me and many others he is the current best spinner of the world and surely one of the best when it comes to all time best.

Ajmal is best and better bowler in the world now a days; other spin bowlers around him are not have that type of quality as he got; he is a true Match winner; he is my favorite...

Ajmal is one of the greatest bowlers produced by the world... Ranked number 1 nowadys... How cn be harbhajan be no 6... When he is not even in top 10 icc rankings in any format... Gyzz open your eyes... No mendis and swann in the list... And some bowlers that even don't deserve to be called good spinners are in the list...

Saeed ajmal is the best bowler in world and it will come back into Pakistani team

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3Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)

Statistics don't lie- 800 test match wickets at an average of 22.72. This record is not only breathtaking in terms of cricketing achievements, but also in terms of sport as a whole. Though some may say that he took the majority of his wickets on pitches that were remarkably dry and turned more than any other pitches in the world, there is no doubt that his phenominal accuracy and stunning variation of off-spin bowling defined and completed re-developed the way that spin bowling is seen today. Muralitharan also resurrected the art of spin bowling (along with Shane Warne) and turned it into a mystery that had been initially dying out and had become a predictable and dull aspect of cricket. For me, even though he was often satisfied to let the captain of his team set a field for him, and would often make no contribution to the placing of the men around the bat, his constant ability to unravel and outwit the greatest and most stubborn of batsman was spectacular on just about every ...more

Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the best and ever gem person.

Best bowler of all time Period 800 test wickets will never be broken

He was not a spinner he was a thrower

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4Anil Kumble (India)

He is effective in all kind of conditions - Vaibhavpbh

He is one of the best Indian spinners and he is the best spinner ever to take ten wickets in test

Great Bowler who make batsman to think what will be the next delivery (flipper or otherwise)

Just like a sun

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5Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

I THINK THAT Ashwin IS TODAY"S BEST INDIAN SPIN BOWLER AND HIS DISMISSAL PERFORMENCE IN THE AUSTRALIA SERIES HAS MADE HIM MUCH BETTER THAN EARLIER.

Ashwin is an intelligent bowler who varies his pace and relies mostly on his stock delivery.

Currently Very good spinner in the world

He is best spinner in world

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6Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan)

Can't believe he is placed 19th. best bowler of all time

Saqlain Mushtaq is best spinner.

Can't believe he is PLACED 19TH Saqlain Mushtaq is best spinner.
He is one of the nUMBER1 he is only the greatest off spin bowler
In cricket world

Best spinner

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7Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

He is one of the greatest spin bowler

Amazing spin bowling and fielding is unbelievable Daniel Vettori

He could never spin bowl again and he'd always be the best

That is a joke

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8Sunil Narine (West Indies)

Sunil narine is a bowler who bowls an unplayable bowl. He can confuse a batsman by bowling his wrist spin. He is a good opener in his domestic cricket that he played. In future he can become a good and capable bowler. He will be in the place of Shane warne in coming years.

{ He is my favorite bowler }

Narine is the best bowler in the world and will always be

If a team needs 3 runs to win the match in last over and narine bowls the last over he is capable of defending 3 runs also and has a lot of variations like his wrist spin

I think he was top2 in cricket history

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9Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan)

Mushy is the best bowler of the world

You are another good bowler after saeed ajmal and saqlain mushtaq

10Nathan Lyon (Australia)

Only 26 and getting better and better.

Best off spin bowler Australia has ever seen

Best Australian off spinner of all time. He is the best. He taught me how to bowl and now I am a legend in spin bowling and Nathon Lyon is a legend in cricket history

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The Contenders

11Harbhajan Singh (India)

He can bowl a perfect blend of flighted and drifted deliveries

He's the best spinner in all time

harbhajan singh is best bowler for all type of matches

You are the best

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12Abdul Qadir (Pakistan)

Shane Warne even admitted that Abdul Qadir was his inspiration. As for Anil frog face kumble couldn't even spin the ball

He was one of the best spinner in his time

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13Graeme Swann (England)

Look at his 6 wickets recently - no-one has done this for decades! Best spinner in the world at the moment by far

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14Garfield Sobers (West Indies)

Introduced spin into the greatest ever bowling attack for the west indies.

Garfield Sobers is one of the greatest bowlers ever, not to mention his batting and fielding.

15Pragyan Ojha (India)

He was one of the best left handed bowler he should come back in team India

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16Amit Mishra (India)

He is the best spin bowler of India

He is a superb spin bowler who can trap with is leg spin right handers his best perfomance is with zimbabwe in zimbabwe he took 18 wikets his best was 48/6.

17Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)

My favorite Pakistani cricket player Hafeez. I have not seen him bowling muche

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18Stuart MacGill (Australia)

He is one of the greatest he was just unlucky enough to be around at the same time has the greatest spin bowler in history.

19Bill O' Reilly (Australia)
20B. S. Chandrasekhar (India)

Architect of the attacking art of leg spin bowling

A disabled player who could also bowl the odd bouncer to west-Indians!

One of my first memories of cricket was watching him bowl India to victory against England.

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