Leg-spin bowling is one of the most difficult bowling in cricket. When fast bowler failed to take wickets of batsman then spinners give some ‘Ray of light’ to the team. Many coaches and cricket experts say that leg-spin is a very difficult part of spin bowling. This art is bowled by many players, but only some players become experts of this art. So today we will see the top 10 greatest leg-spinners of all time who’s bowling made history in cricket.
10. Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria is a former Pakistan player. He played ODI and test for Pakistan. Kaneria was a leg-break bowler and his googly was very famous. He didn’t get many chances to play and to show his talent for his country because he did something wrong on the ground and get banned by England and Wales cricket board. He played only 61 test matches, 18 ODI. In all matches, he gave his best. He could have in the top 5 greatest leg-spinners but because of sports fixing he got banned and his career got destroyed.
9. Stuart MacGill
Stuart MacGill is a former Australian player. He played two forms of cricket for his country first ODI and the second test. He was a leg-spinner. At his time the greatest leg-spinner Shane Warne was present so he was not getting as much chance. When Shane Warne retired Stuart MacGill got called again by Australia cricket. After that, he played some cricket for Australia and make his name in the top10 greatest leg-spinner.
8. Mushtaq Ahmed
Mushtaq Ahmed is a former Pakistan player and a great leg-spinner. He was a leg-break bowler who was famous for his googly. He played two formats for Pakistan, ODI, and test where he was a good spin bowler. Mushtaq Ahmed debuted in 1993 and retired in 2003. After retirement, he is a Pakistan spin coach. Mushtaq Ahmed was part of the 1992 world cup winning team. He was a very good and dangerous leg-spinner of his time.
7. BS Chandrashekar
BS Chandrashekar is a former Indian cricketer. He played for India in test and ODI. He was a great leg-spinner of his time. Many teammates of his were saying that when he was bowling his ball give a sound while releasing and that give a dangerous spin on the ball. At his young age, he got some defect in his arm due to polio, but this didn’t stop him to play cricket. His defective arm made him the greatest leg-spinner of all time.
6. Subhash Gupte
Subhash Gupte was a great leg-spinner. Especially he was the greatest bowler of the test. He was using two Googly which was helping him to take wickets. Many teammates of his were saying that he was a great leg-spinner, but he has some drawbacks that he loses his confidence against attacking batsmen. When he went on the Pakistan tour, he was the only successful bowler and took 28 wickets, but now he is not with us. He was a great leg-spinner.
5. Bill O’ Reilly
Bill O’Reilly was a former Australian player. He comes on the greatest leg-spinner list. Bill was one of the best leg-spinners of his time. He was a tall spinner of his time. Rarely we see a tall spinner of 6ft. He is also not with us, but he was a great leg-spinner who beats batsmen with his bowling. The batsman was getting difficulty when he was bowling.
4. Richie Benaud
Richie Benaud was an Australian player. He played test cricket for his country. He has played 63 test matches. and took 10 and 5 wicket hauls. His best bowling figures are 7/72 and 7/18. He was an all-rounder especially known for his leg-spin bowling. He is also not with us, but he is alive among all his fans and now he came in the top 10 greatest leg-spinners of all time.
3. Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir was a Pakistan player. He played for his country in ODI and tests. He was a great leg-spinner from his team. Abdul Qadir played his last match on 2 November and took retirement, but after retirement, he was a commentator and chief selector of the Pakistan cricket board. He is also not with us, but he was also a great leg-spinner who give a lot of winning moments for his team. He is on number 3 for the greatest leg-spinner of all time.
2. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is a former Indian player. He played test, ODI for his country. He was a great leg-spinner at his time. Kumble was the only leg-spinner whose ball was fast in the air. He didn’t turn the ball much, but this does not disadvantage him. His teammates called him ‘Jumbo’. He was selected as the cricketer of the year 1993 of Indian cricket. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1995 and Padma Shri in 2005. Anil Kumble played 132 tests and took 619 wickets, 271 ODI, and took 337 wickets. He was selected for Indian cricket head coach but due to some reason, he left it. Now he is a commentator and the KXIP coach in 2020. He comes in number 2 position in the list of top 10 greatest leg-spinner of all time.
1. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is a former Australian player. He played for Australia in two formats ODI and test. He was very famous for his leg-spin bowling and he was the greatest leg-spinner of his time. Many young leg-spinners follow him and want to become like him. He was good at turning the ball and he was an expert in bowling all the variations of leg-spin. Shane Warne took retirement in 2013. After his retirement, he played t20 for his franchise team Rajasthan royal. Now he is a commentator and spin bowling coach of IPL team Rajasthan royal. He was a great leg-spinner which makes him the number 1 leg-spinner of all time.