Top 10 Asian Spin Bowlers In ODIs Outside Asia

Our One Day International (ODI) ratings take into account all matches from the first ODI match on January 5, 1971 till the below mentioned last update date. The Ratings are divided into 5 sections which take into account the number of wickets taken; the average of bowlers; their economy rate; their best performances by wickets and their top most economic spells. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 10 Asian Spin bowlers in matches Outside Asia

*Note: All ODI Ratings are updated till 2022-11-13

A O A Rating

This rating only includes stats of Asian Spin bowlers in matches Outside Asia. The rating is divided into sections to make it easy to understand how it is calculated. Before each section, its criteria is highlighted in bold. Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks.

Top Teams (TT)

Top Teams play an integral part in our ODI Rating. The Average (Con) and Economy (Eco) sections are divided into overall stats as well as stats against the top teams. Moreover, the best (BBW) and most economic (BBE) performances only include performances against the top teams. Here is how the Top Teams are calculated:-

  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A team is also included in top teams if it is a World Cup winner in that decade.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if he played against that team in that decade.
  • Knock Out and Super Six matches of ICC World Cup and Champions Trophy are also included in TT.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.
The Trend Setter

The Trend Setter (TS) is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated as percentage points of TS. Let’s taken an example to understand it:-

  • Let’s assume that Glenn McGrath has taken 500 wkts, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Jason Gillespie, has taken 250 wkts.
  • If the rating is out of 250, McGrath will get the full points (pts), that is 250.
  • The points of Gillespie are calculated as His Wkts/McGrath’s Wkts*250. This comes out to be 125.
  • Thus the formula is (Wkts Taken/Wkts Taken By TS)*Max Points.
  • All ratings are calculated similarly with Wkts being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
  • Obviously, for average the formula is reverased as lower average is better for a bowler.
  • For Average, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has taken a minimum number of wickets.
  • For Economy, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has bowled a minimum number of balls.
  • If a bowler doesn’t fulfill the criteria of TS but has done better, he gets the max points but his stat is not taken as benchmark.
  • Lastly, it is to be noted that it is not necessary for a TS to be part of the rating as he might have topped in a criteria but not done well in others.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 10
Min Innings (TT) 10
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 25
Min Balls (TS ECO) 500
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for wkts taken. We have divided ODI cricket into 3 broad eras. This has been done to make it fair for players from earlier era, when less cricket was played, and also for current players, who are in the middle of their careers. Let’s take an example:-

  • Let’s assume Murlidharan has taken 500 wickets, which is the maximum and gives him 250 points.
  • Now, say Ravi Shastri in earlier times took 250 wkts, which was the max for his era.
  • If there are no eras, he would get 50% of the pts, that is 125.
  • Instead of that, we reduced 50 pts (according to %age) from the max to arrive at the figure of 200 pts for Shastri.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Shastri and not Murlidharan.
  • So a player who has taken 50 Wkts in Shastri’s era will get (50/250)*200 pts or 40pts.
  • Eras are calculated by MP, which is the mean of the years a player: First Played (FP) and Last Played (LP).

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 and 2013
Era 3 MP greater than 2012
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS RJ Shastri IND 1981 1992 1986.5 48 45 120.00
1 RJ Shastri IND 1981 1992 1986.5 48 45 120.00
2 Abdul Qadir PAK 1983 1993 1988 30 34 90.67
3 DR Doshi IND 1980 1982 1981 10 15 40.00
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 2002 135 215 200.00
1 M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 2002 135 215 200.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq PAK 1995 2003 1999 78 121 112.56
3 A Kumble IND 1990 2007 1998.5 94 115 106.98
4 Saeed Ajmal PAK 2008 2015 2011.5 43 68 63.26
5 N Chopra IND 1998 2000 1999 13 21 19.53
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Shakib Al Hasan BAN 2006 2022 2014 90 100 150.00
1 YS Chahal IND 2016 2022 2019 40 75 112.50
2 Kuldeep Yadav IND 2017 2022 2019.5 33 59 88.50
C Ave

The Comparative Average (C Ave) for bowlers is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the average of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the average of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The average of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C Ave suggest that more runs were scored by the batsmen in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was difficult to get Wkts and the bowler will benefit from this.
  • Lower C Ave means the opposite.
R Ave

The Relative Average (R Ave) is calculated using the C Ave. Its formula is (Bowler Ave/C Ave)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C Ave is comparatively high, your R Ave will be low; which is better for bowlers. Broadly speaking, the following bowlers will benefit from this system:-

  • Bowlers who have played more in unfavourable conditions.
  • Asian fast bowlers and Non-Asian spin bowlers whereever applicable.
  • Bowlers who have played in an era where the batsmen dominated, like the present era
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For R Ave

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Saqlain Mushtaq 78 2838 121 23.45 39.30 22.38 150.00
1 N Chopra 13 359 21 17.10 36.86 17.39 150.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 78 2838 121 23.45 39.30 22.38 150.00
3 M Muralitharan 135 5024 215 23.37 38.72 22.63 148.33
4 Kuldeep Yadav 33 1450 59 24.58 40.71 22.64 148.31
5 Saeed Ajmal 43 1637 68 24.07 39.63 22.78 147.37
6 DR Doshi 10 313 15 20.87 34.24 22.86 146.88
7 YS Chahal 40 1882 75 25.09 40.22 23.40 143.49
8 Abdul Qadir 30 1061 34 31.21 42.09 27.81 120.74
9 A Kumble 94 3556 115 30.92 38.17 30.38 110.52
10 RJ Shastri 48 1595 45 35.44 40.52 32.80 102.34

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Kuldeep Yadav 22 1033 44 23.48 40.71 21.62 150.00
1 N Chopra 10 275 14 19.64 36.86 19.99 150.00
2 Kuldeep Yadav 22 1033 44 23.48 40.71 21.62 150.00
3 DR Doshi 10 313 15 20.87 34.24 22.86 141.91
4 Saqlain Mushtaq 69 2540 104 24.42 39.30 23.31 139.18
5 YS Chahal 31 1554 57 27.26 40.22 25.42 127.60
6 Saeed Ajmal 23 941 35 26.89 39.63 25.44 127.49
7 M Muralitharan 112 4435 164 27.04 38.72 26.19 123.83
8 Abdul Qadir 30 1061 34 31.21 42.09 27.81 116.65
9 RJ Shastri 45 1528 44 34.73 40.52 32.14 100.92
10 A Kumble 77 2903 87 33.37 38.17 32.78 98.95
C ER And R ER

The Comparative Economy Rate (C ER) and Relative Economy Rate (R ER) for bowlers is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with ER. Points to note are:-

  • Modern day bowlers benefit from R ER.
  • This is because scoring rates have increased with time and it has become more difficult to be economic.
  • Rest of the factors are the same as in R Ave

ECONOMIC


Criteria: Points For R ER

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS N Chopra 13 641 359 3.36 4.46 3.39 150.00
1 N Chopra 13 641 359 3.36 4.46 3.39 150.00
2 DR Doshi 10 534 313 3.52 4.40 3.60 141.47
3 Saeed Ajmal 43 2250 1637 4.37 5.02 3.91 130.16
4 M Muralitharan 135 7361 5024 4.10 4.71 3.92 130.02
5 RJ Shastri 48 2430 1595 3.94 4.49 3.94 129.09
6 Saqlain Mushtaq 78 4044 2838 4.21 4.68 4.05 125.73
7 A Kumble 94 5095 3556 4.19 4.62 4.08 124.89
8 Abdul Qadir 30 1563 1061 4.07 4.44 4.13 123.36
9 Kuldeep Yadav 33 1776 1450 4.90 5.09 4.33 117.64
10 YS Chahal 40 2106 1882 5.36 5.10 4.73 107.67

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS Akram Raza 13 651 373 3.44 4.45 3.48 150.00
1 N Chopra 10 470 275 3.51 4.46 3.55 147.12
2 DR Doshi 10 534 313 3.52 4.40 3.60 144.96
3 RJ Shastri 45 2322 1528 3.95 4.49 3.95 131.94
4 M Muralitharan 112 6293 4435 4.23 4.71 4.04 129.03
5 Saqlain Mushtaq 69 3621 2540 4.21 4.68 4.05 128.89
6 A Kumble 77 4152 2903 4.20 4.62 4.08 127.75
7 Saeed Ajmal 23 1228 941 4.60 5.02 4.12 126.63
8 Abdul Qadir 30 1563 1061 4.07 4.44 4.13 126.40
9 Kuldeep Yadav 22 1188 1033 5.22 5.09 4.61 113.18
10 YS Chahal 31 1680 1554 5.55 5.10 4.89 106.58
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 5 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 5 innings divided by 5.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBW RAT
TS M Muralitharan 5/23 5/30 5/34 4/27 4/28 4.60 100.00
1 M Muralitharan 5/23 5/30 5/34 4/27 4/28 4.60 100.00
1 YS Chahal 6/42 5/22 4/46 4/47 4/51 4.60 100.00
3 Kuldeep Yadav 6/25 4/23 4/39 4/45 4/57 4.40 95.65
3 Saqlain Mushtaq 5/29 5/45 4/17 4/33 4/67 4.40 95.65
5 Abdul Qadir 5/44 5/53 4/21 3/27 3/34 4.00 86.96
5 A Kumble 5/33 4/12 4/40 4/40 3/32 4.00 86.96
7 RJ Shastri 5/15 3/26 3/30 3/31 3/48 3.40 73.91
8 Saeed Ajmal 4/58 3/42 2/16 2/23 2/28 2.60 56.52
8 DR Doshi 4/30 3/32 2/22 2/25 2/34 2.60 56.52
10 N Chopra 5/21 3/26 2/17 1/26 1/32 2.40 52.17
BBE

In this criteria, we have taken the top 5 bowling performances by Economy of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Economy (BBE) is the Relative Economy of the bowler in the 5 Inns. Only 30+ Balls performaces are counted in this criteria.

BEST BOWLING (ECO)


Criteria: Points For Economy In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBE RAT
TS Saqlain Mushtaq 7.0/9 8.0/12 8.0/13 9.0/17 7.0/14 1.60 100.00
1 Saqlain Mushtaq 7.0/9 8.0/12 8.0/13 9.0/17 7.0/14 1.60 100.00
2 M Muralitharan 10.0/9 8.0/12 9.0/18 10.0/23 7.0/17 1.72 93.36
3 RJ Shastri 10.0/17 5.0/10 6.5/15 11.0/25 10.0/23 2.10 76.17
4 A Kumble 7.0/12 7.0/15 10.0/22 10.0/24 10.0/24 2.15 74.69
5 Abdul Qadir 12.0/21 10.0/19 7.0/16 10.0/26 10.0/27 2.25 71.11
6 N Chopra 10.0/17 10.0/26 10.0/26 9.0/27 6.2/21 2.61 61.48
7 Kuldeep Yadav 10.0/25 9.0/23 6.0/20 10.0/34 9.0/32 2.69 59.57
8 Saeed Ajmal 8.2/23 10.0/28 10.0/31 10.0/34 10.0/34 2.78 57.64
9 DR Doshi 10.0/22 10.0/25 10.0/30 10.0/32 8.0/27 2.90 55.28
10 YS Chahal 8.2/22 10.0/38 10.0/41 10.0/41 10.0/42 3.36 47.74
UC Rating

The A O A (UC) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000. Unfavourable Conditions (UC) is Outside Asia for Spinners and In Asia for Pacers. Favourable Conditions (FC) is the opposite.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE UC RAT
1 M Muralitharan 200.00 148.33 123.83 130.02 129.03 100.00 93.36 924.57
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 112.56 150.00 139.18 125.73 128.89 95.65 100.00 852.01
3 Kuldeep Yadav 88.50 148.31 150.00 117.64 113.18 95.65 59.57 772.85
4 YS Chahal 112.50 143.49 127.60 107.67 106.58 100.00 47.74 745.59
5 Abdul Qadir 90.67 120.74 116.65 123.36 126.40 86.96 71.11 735.88
6 RJ Shastri 120.00 102.34 100.92 129.09 131.94 73.91 76.17 734.38
7 A Kumble 106.98 110.52 98.95 124.89 127.75 86.96 74.69 730.73
8 N Chopra 19.53 150.00 150.00 150.00 147.12 52.17 61.48 730.31
9 DR Doshi 40.00 146.88 141.91 141.47 144.96 56.52 55.28 727.04
10 Saeed Ajmal 63.26 147.37 127.49 130.16 126.63 56.52 57.64 709.07

TOP TEAMS


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1970s WI ENG AUS NZ PAK
1980s WI ENG AUS PAK NZ IND SL
1990s SA AUS PAK WI IND ENG SL NZ
2000s AUS SA PAK SL IND NZ ENG WI
2010s IND SA AUS ENG NZ SL PAK BAN
2020s BAN NZ PAK IND AUS SA ENG SL


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