Best Spin Bowlers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Shane 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

He was a flippen legend no one could stop him

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2 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.

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...


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3 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

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

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

Best all times

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4 Anil Kumble (India)

He is effective in all kind of conditions - Vaibhavpbh

He took 10 wickets in one innings

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

10 wicket taker in a

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5 Ravichandran Ashwin (India)


He has carom ball so we like him

Currently Very good spinner in the world

Best spiner

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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

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7 Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan)

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

The one who introduces Doosra

Awesome player he was


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8 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

Greatest of all time

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9 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

10 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

He chucks but I love him

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The Contenders

11 Harbhajan 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

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

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12 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

King of gugly

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13 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!

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14 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.

My best player

15 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

Sabse bekar player too all the best to become a big watchman

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16 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.

17 Wasim Akhram (Pakistan)

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

He is not a spin bowler

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

18 Stuart 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.

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

19 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

One of the great leg spinner that take wicket every time

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20 Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)

An aggressive batsman but not a dominant bowler

You should more improve your bowling action

My favourite player

lone u

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21 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 best

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22 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Fan number 1 Um air Ali love you boom boom

He is a best dangerous bowler

Best spinner ever in world history in my opinion

Best cricketer of Pakistan and I'm crazy for him.Although I'm from Afghanistan.Me and my friends r biggest fan of him and even my family.

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23 Bill O' Reilly (Australia)

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.

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

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

My best player

24 Shakib al Hasan (Bangladesh)

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

World number 1 all rounder

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25 Imran Tahir (South Africa)

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

Best spinner

Proud SA spinner got decent amount of turn and so does his hairstyle


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26 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

27 Adam Zampa

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

Not a good one

28 Sachin Tendulkar 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

Not a great one



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29 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@!

30 Bishan Singh Bedi (India)

He does wonders with his spin bowling.

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

31 Lance Gibbs (West Indies)

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.


32 Ravindra Jadeja (India)

He bowls fat with spin

He is my favourite player

Great bowler

He's currently the best test match spinner then ashwin

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33 Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Lasith Malinga is not a spinner

Lasith Malinga is not spinner but a great bowler


Malinga spinga

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)

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)

Only 46th? Unbelievable. - truckturner

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

37 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.

38 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

39 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

40 Kevin Pietersen (England)

Not a great one

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

41 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...

42 Clarrie Grimmett (Australia)

Another master from Australia

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? )

43 Abdur Rehman (Pakistan)

Good bowlers but shot career

44 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

45 Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)

Not a good one


46 Akshar Patel (India)

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

47 Parvez Rasool (India)

Not even good

Awesome bowler
89 in 23matches

48 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.

49 Danish Kaneria (Pakistan)

Way back..

50 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


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2. Anil Kumble (India)
3. Sunil Narine (West Indies)
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2. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
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