Best Spin Bowlers of All Time

The Top Ten Best Spin Bowlers of All Time

1 Shane Warne (Australia) Shane Keith Warne is an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer who captained the Australian national team

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).

Incredible skill. Historically; so far the best spinner the world has produced.

He is the only bowler from whom I have learn great bowling spins. This guy is really great!

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.

2 Muttiah 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

The great off spin bowler to ever walk the Earth. Murali put the tinny island Sri Lanka on the cricketing map. The way he redefined the art of off-spin bowling is truly mind blowing. A humble man but a tough fighter. The game of cricket would have been so poor without him.

The best spin bowler in the world. It was a joy and privilege to watch him bowl. Probably there will never be a bowler like Murali again. Hope he writes his autobiography so the future cricketers and fans will learn more about him.

All you fools, he is a legend very undeniably and should be at top

3 Saeed 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.

He was simply unplayable, literally unplayable to right handers. no one could pick him in world cricket, except for maybe AB DeVilliers.

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...

The best spinner to have ever existed shame that he was banned!

4 Anil Kumble (India)

He is effective in all kind of conditions - Vaibhavpbh

Somehow similar to Bhagwat Chandrashekhar, Anil has been one of the best India has produced

Very very talented person and very nice human too. Should be at #1

He took 10 wickets in one innings

5 Ravichandran Ashwin (India)


He has carom ball so we like him

He is from our Tamil family. He is the top best spinner in the world

Currently Very good spinner in the world

6 Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

Amazing spin bowling and fielding is unbelievable Daniel Vettori

He is one of the greatest spin bowler

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

A true great. Good with bat as well

7 Wasim Akhram (Pakistan)

He is not a spin bowler

The king of Pakistan fast bowler is Wasim akram we love you

He is not a spinner, but a dangerous paper

Wasim Akram was swing Master and King World Any Plyer no Like Him...He is the Master

8 Yasir Shah (Pakistan)

He is an amazing spinner he can spin the bowl like Shane Warne and have taken 50+ test wickets in just 10 matches

He is an excellent spinner I really enjoy test cricket when he starts bolling

New number 1 best Spinner in the world

Yasir Shah is my favorite spin bowler ever I look up to him and I try to intimidate his every move when I bowl

9 Abdul 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 should be second

He was one of the best spinner in his time

Should be higher

10 Ravindra Jadeja (India)

He is my favorate player and could be again worlds best all rounder and bowler in test cricket

He is the best all rounder in the world
he is one of the best asset that india had...
he is the present day greatest fielder

He bowls fat with spin

He is my favourite player

The Contenders

11 Graeme Swann (England)

Swann is the best spinner of all time

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

He shows up batters

Great spinner, took loads of wickets and I think he is the best English spinner ever, he should be in the top ten!

12 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Best spinner ever in world history in my opinion

Fan number 1 Um air Ali love you boom boom

He is better then shane warne

The best ever spinner

13 Pragyan Ojha (India)

Best spinner, were is he?

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

He is from odisha we are very proud of him

Good player

14 Amit 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.

15 Stuart MacGill (Australia)

Unfortunate to be contemporary to Shane Warne, this man was never behind. Couldn't get the opportunities he desrved.

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.

Hugely under rated. Interestingly on the few occasions both he and Warne played together, Magilla had the better figures.

16 Jim Laker (England)

It really is time people learn a bit of history. These are the best bowlers of all time not the last 15 years.

19 Wickets in A Test Match. -

I think he has one of the best test averages for slow bowlers. 21+

Some of the bowlers such as Ashwin, Narine and Mishra (! ) being 'number five'i.E. well ahead of Laker and other pre 1990 greats are a COMPLETE JOKE!... Why, oh why, have we reached a generation when anything older than 20 years ago is written-off as being of no merit!... No real point having poll when people only vote for players they 'support@!

17 Adam Zampa

His not that good Nathon Lyon is 100000 times better same with the other bowlers

You idiot! Zampa is an awesome player he is better than Saeed Ajmal, Nathan Lyon and other Idiots and he's one of the best bowlers - Adron

I like are best

18 Harbhajan Singh (India)

Recalling 2001 Calcutta test, while Laxman laid the ground for victory, Harbhajan wrapped it up.

Deadly bowler in any pitch. Will get wickets soon as conceding runs

He can bowl a perfect blend of flighted and drifted deliveries

He's the best spinner in all time

19 Sunil 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 is top 1

20 Nathan Lyon (Australia)

Only 26 and getting better and better.

Only 26 and getting worse and worse - Adron

Best off spin bowler Australia has ever seen

Best spinner along with Shane Warne

21 Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan)

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

The one who introduces Doosra

Saqlain should be in top 5 spin bowler of all time

Awesome player he was

22 Shakib al Hasan (Bangladesh)

He is a legend.He gets more turn in his off-spin.So it's more effective.He is my favourite cricketer.

Best spinner in Bangladesh and playing for kolkata knight riders, he spins it good like shane warne

He is one of the best left arm spin bowler and also he is good with the bat too as he is also number 1 all rounder.

Why Shakib's rank 24, I think his rank should top 8 bowler in the world. Love you shakib

23 B. 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.

He is the greatest spinner as he got wickets not just in dry pitches but also in seamer friendly conditions in England. I still remember that 6 wicket s he picked in England. He was feared by likes of Viv Richards.

24 Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)

An aggressive batsman but not a dominant bowler

You should more improve your bowling action

My favourite player

He is my favorite

25 Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan)

He is the best spinner at current time he was playing

Mushy is the best bowler of the world

You are another good bowler after saeed ajmal and saqlain mushtaq

26 Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

He was a very good spinner


Miandad is better


27 Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Always a go-to man when his team needs him. Unpredictable and consistent performer.

The best celebration on earth running
around everywhere and in IPL 2019 he was purple cap winner with 26 wickets

He is the best, even the way he spin the balls and he can handle pressure

Best bowler imran tahir my favourite

28 Bill O' Reilly (Australia)

Arguably the best ever. Certainly better than he's been rated here.

How is he not in the top 10? Even Bradman felt that he was the best bowler he'd ever faced. He was on of those rare spinners who bowled with the aggression and intent of fast bowlers. He took 144 wickets at just 22.59 apiece.

He is not the man of the match, he is the man without a match - Adron

29 Bishan Singh Bedi (India)

He does wonders with his spin bowling.

Had the Australians tief uo in knots in the 70's. Mesmerizing.

30 Lance Gibbs (West Indies)

Phenominal spinner and exquisite reader of the game. A true master of his art.

Often forgotten but he once held the world record for most wickets by a West Indian. Best off break bowler outside of Asia. Ever.

Greatest finger spinner and from the West Indies where the wickets are dead.

Another great bowler whose career never repeat itself in a million years.

31 Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

The only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in an international match

Lasith Malinga is not a spinner

Lasith Malinga is not spinner but a great bowler


32 Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)

Can't believe this guy with magical fingers is so far down on the list.

Another most talented bowler.. - LakruT

world best

He is the only best ; he is the one and only best great great great great cricketer. I'm an indian national

33 Garfield 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.

The greatest

34 Subhash Gupte (India)

He is the greatest spinner of all time. Not many know his name, but we in India know his quality. Sobers certified that Gupte was the hardest bowler he had played against. He was an attacking leg spinner, frequently delivering the legspinners best delivery; the one landing on the leg stump, driving the batsman on his frontfoot and then hitting the top of the off stump, with a magical drift. His googly was the best ever till date, completely deceptive and he actually had 2 varieties of the googly.

35 AB de Villiers (South Africa) Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, commonly known as AB de Villiers, Mr. 360° or simply AB, is a South African cricketer.

He is a good batsmen but not a good bowler

He is not a bowler but he can ball!

All rounder

36 Richie Benaud (Australia)

I thought Richie benaud was english

Only 46th? Unbelievable. - truckturner

He is a legend.He should topper in the history of spin bowling.

37 Derek Underwood (England)

Way to low down the list for deadly. Totally unplayable on damp pitches

The best in the world in the late 60's early 70s

The best

38 Arihant Shekhawat (India)

A little known legend of the game. Called when he was nearly 40, he only played one test series, against Australia in 1973, but his 7-wicket haul at the SCG put India within touching distance of a famous win.

39 Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)

He did not had a space in srilanka team as murali was shining but after his departure he became the most dominant spinner in the world.

He is the only spinner who got HATRICK in test cricket

"He is very good bowler"He got a Hatric against Austrilia

40 Danish Kaneria (Pakistan)

He is the best bowler

Way back..

41 Brad Hogg (Australia)

This man should be number 1 - greatest spin bowler EVER! This list is a joke... Hogg definitely in top three! If not number 1!

Hoggie lovely man to watch and still fit @ 40


42 Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)

Shoaib akhtar is the fastest bowler in the world

Faster than a flash

The best bowler in the cricketing history havin the most fastest bowl

43 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

Lovely player to watch his spin bowling and dangerous batsmen :P Beware all fast bowlers.

We all know about his unbelievably Incredible Batting Records, yet can you believe that he is the 3rd highest Sri Lankan Wicket taker of all time behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas! More than 320 ODI wichets & 100 Test Wickets...

44 Kevin Pietersen (England)

He is one of greatest player of england side but unluckly not playing regularly in team but he is greatest player I think produce england

45 Clarrie Grimmett (Australia)

216 wickets in 37 test matches!

Born in NZ, CG was a MAster Class in accuracy and cunning. A great shame he was omitted from the '38 touring side - for some reason (Bradman? )

46 Glenn Maxwell (Australia) Glenn James Maxwell is an Australian cricketer who plays One Day International and Twenty 20 International matches for Australia.

Very very very good batsman and all rounder and player also

Very Good one in batting and bowling and can smash sixes over 200 metres

What a bowler

My favourite player

47 Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)


48 Akshar Patel (India)

Youngester need to wait n watch till he settle down with his rhythm.

49 Hedley Verity (England)

Took 10 wickets TWICE in first class cricket, once for 10 runs, still a world record. Took just shy of 2000 1st class wickets at an average of under 15.

One of the best ever, sadly killed in world war 2

50 Abdur Rehman (Pakistan)

Good bowlers but shot career

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