Top 20 ODI Spin Bowlers Away From Home

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 20 Spin bowlers in matches Away From Home

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

AWAY Rating

This rating only includes stats of Spin bowlers in matches Away From Home. 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. It is to be noted that U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and Afghanistan. All stats of Pakistani and Afghani bowlers are calculated accordingly.

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 20
Min Innings (TT) 20
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 50
Min Balls (TS ECO) 1000
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 IVA Richards WI 1975 1991 1983 112 101 130.00
1 IVA Richards WI 1975 1991 1983 112 101 130.00
2 RJ Shastri IND 1981 1992 1986.5 86 77 99.11
3 Abdul Qadir PAK 1983 1993 1988 51 74 95.25
4 RA Harper WI 1983 1996 1989.5 76 70 90.10
5 JE Emburey ENG 1980 1993 1986.5 47 59 75.94
6 Maninder Singh IND 1983 1993 1988 23 27 34.75
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 2002 236 380 200.00
1 M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 2002 236 380 200.00
2 Shahid Afridi PAK 1996 2015 2005.5 229 228 120.00
3 A Kumble IND 1990 2007 1998.5 176 211 111.05
4 DL Vettori NZ 1997 2015 2006 157 176 92.63
5 Saqlain Mushtaq PAK 1995 2003 1999 102 173 91.05
6 Harbhajan Singh IND 1998 2015 2006.5 133 159 83.68
6 SK Warne AUS 1993 2005 1999 108 159 83.68
8 CL Hooper WI 1987 2003 1995 149 152 80.00
9 Saeed Ajmal PAK 2008 2015 2011.5 73 117 61.58
10 GB Hogg AUS 1996 2008 2002 72 99 52.11
11 Ajantha Mendis SL 2008 2015 2011.5 44 85 44.74
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Shakib Al Hasan BAN 2006 2022 2014 110 122 130.00
1 Imran Tahir SA 2011 2019 2015 64 105 111.89
2 YS Chahal IND 2016 2022 2019 51 91 96.97
3 Kuldeep Yadav IND 2017 2022 2019.5 43 74 78.85
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 Ajantha Mendis 44 1709 85 20.11 38.59 19.54 150.00
1 Ajantha Mendis 44 1709 85 20.11 38.59 19.54 150.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 102 3829 173 22.13 39.10 21.23 138.05
3 M Muralitharan 236 8533 380 22.46 38.83 21.68 135.14
4 Saeed Ajmal 73 2710 117 23.16 39.81 21.82 134.29
5 Imran Tahir 64 2635 105 25.10 41.69 22.57 129.81
6 Kuldeep Yadav 43 1861 74 25.15 39.95 23.61 124.12
7 Abdul Qadir 51 1842 74 24.89 38.80 24.06 121.80
8 YS Chahal 51 2369 91 26.03 39.78 24.54 119.41
9 GB Hogg 72 2557 99 25.83 37.92 25.54 114.72
10 Maninder Singh 23 720 27 26.67 38.73 25.82 113.51
11 SK Warne 108 4271 159 26.86 38.87 25.92 113.07
12 JE Emburey 47 1802 59 30.54 41.04 27.91 105.00
13 DL Vettori 157 5601 176 31.82 39.05 30.56 95.88
14 A Kumble 176 6766 211 32.07 38.56 31.19 93.96
15 CL Hooper 149 5100 152 33.55 39.58 31.79 92.19
16 Harbhajan Singh 133 5070 159 31.89 37.27 32.08 91.35
17 Shahid Afridi 229 8259 228 36.22 39.22 34.64 84.60
18 RJ Shastri 86 2874 77 37.32 39.51 35.42 82.73
19 IVA Richards 112 3638 101 36.02 36.48 37.02 79.15
20 RA Harper 76 2635 70 37.64 38.06 37.08 79.02

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Saqlain Mushtaq 87 3361 143 23.50 39.10 22.54 150.00
1 Saqlain Mushtaq 87 3361 143 23.50 39.10 22.54 150.00
2 Saeed Ajmal 51 1958 81 24.17 39.81 22.77 148.47
3 Kuldeep Yadav 30 1364 55 24.80 39.95 23.28 145.23
4 M Muralitharan 195 7410 296 25.03 38.83 24.17 139.86
5 Abdul Qadir 49 1800 69 26.09 38.80 25.21 134.10
6 Maninder Singh 22 711 26 27.35 38.73 26.47 127.71
7 YS Chahal 41 1995 70 28.50 39.78 26.87 125.86
8 SK Warne 96 3863 138 27.99 38.87 27.01 125.19
9 Ajantha Mendis 27 1239 44 28.16 38.59 27.36 123.58
10 Imran Tahir 51 2147 70 30.67 41.69 27.59 122.55
11 JE Emburey 47 1802 59 30.54 41.04 27.91 121.16
12 GB Hogg 60 2197 74 29.69 37.92 29.36 115.16
13 CL Hooper 141 4846 147 32.97 39.58 31.23 108.26
14 Harbhajan Singh 106 4157 127 32.73 37.27 32.93 102.68
15 DL Vettori 133 4852 138 35.16 39.05 33.77 100.14
16 A Kumble 149 5813 166 35.02 38.56 34.06 99.28
17 RJ Shastri 83 2807 76 36.93 39.51 35.05 96.46
18 IVA Richards 110 3584 98 36.57 36.48 37.59 89.95
19 RA Harper 73 2574 65 39.60 38.06 39.01 86.67
20 Shahid Afridi 180 6732 164 41.05 39.22 39.25 86.14
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 Akram Raza 27 1431 817 3.43 4.49 3.43 150.00
1 Maninder Singh 23 1170 720 3.69 4.40 3.77 136.53
2 M Muralitharan 236 12922 8533 3.96 4.71 3.79 136.07
3 Saeed Ajmal 73 3825 2710 4.25 4.98 3.84 134.06
4 DL Vettori 157 8043 5601 4.18 4.78 3.94 130.85
5 RA Harper 76 3972 2635 3.98 4.53 3.96 130.15
6 Harbhajan Singh 133 7227 5070 4.21 4.72 4.01 128.36
7 RJ Shastri 86 4281 2874 4.03 4.48 4.05 127.22
8 Imran Tahir 64 3398 2635 4.65 5.07 4.13 124.73
9 A Kumble 176 9582 6766 4.24 4.60 4.14 124.38
10 Saqlain Mushtaq 102 5364 3829 4.28 4.65 4.15 124.16
11 SK Warne 108 5933 4271 4.32 4.62 4.21 122.52
12 GB Hogg 72 3422 2557 4.48 4.76 4.24 121.60
13 Kuldeep Yadav 43 2350 1861 4.75 5.05 4.24 121.59
14 CL Hooper 149 7033 5100 4.35 4.62 4.24 121.51
15 JE Emburey 47 2570 1802 4.21 4.46 4.24 121.48
16 Abdul Qadir 51 2603 1842 4.25 4.41 4.33 118.96
17 Shahid Afridi 229 10600 8259 4.67 4.82 4.37 117.93
18 Ajantha Mendis 44 2131 1709 4.81 4.89 4.43 116.26
19 IVA Richards 112 4798 3638 4.55 4.45 4.60 112.09
20 YS Chahal 51 2730 2369 5.21 5.07 4.63 111.37

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS Akram Raza 25 1311 745 3.41 4.49 3.42 150.00
1 Maninder Singh 22 1116 711 3.82 4.40 3.91 131.26
2 M Muralitharan 195 10875 7410 4.09 4.71 3.91 131.25
3 Saeed Ajmal 51 2701 1958 4.35 4.98 3.93 130.42
4 DL Vettori 133 6840 4852 4.26 4.78 4.01 127.86
5 RA Harper 73 3804 2574 4.06 4.53 4.04 127.01
6 RJ Shastri 83 4173 2807 4.04 4.48 4.06 126.38
7 Harbhajan Singh 106 5754 4157 4.33 4.72 4.13 124.06
8 A Kumble 149 8099 5813 4.31 4.60 4.21 121.79
9 Saqlain Mushtaq 87 4632 3361 4.35 4.65 4.22 121.58
10 CL Hooper 141 6689 4846 4.35 4.62 4.24 121.06
11 JE Emburey 47 2570 1802 4.21 4.46 4.24 120.92
12 SK Warne 96 5288 3863 4.38 4.62 4.27 120.17
13 Imran Tahir 51 2678 2147 4.81 5.07 4.27 120.08
14 GB Hogg 60 2871 2197 4.59 4.76 4.34 118.18
15 Abdul Qadir 49 2504 1800 4.31 4.41 4.40 116.56
16 Kuldeep Yadav 30 1642 1364 4.98 5.05 4.44 115.37
17 Shahid Afridi 180 8358 6732 4.83 4.82 4.52 113.55
18 IVA Richards 110 4702 3584 4.57 4.45 4.62 110.98
19 YS Chahal 41 2244 1995 5.33 5.07 4.74 108.20
20 Ajantha Mendis 27 1334 1239 5.57 4.89 5.13 99.92
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 7 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BBW RAT
TS M Muralitharan 7/30 5/9 5/23 5/30 5/34 4/23 4/25 5.00 100.00
1 M Muralitharan 7/30 5/9 5/23 5/30 5/34 4/23 4/25 5.00 100.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 5/29 5/45 4/17 4/33 4/41 4/53 4/67 4.29 85.71
3 YS Chahal 6/42 5/22 4/46 4/47 4/51 3/41 3/47 4.14 82.86
4 Kuldeep Yadav 6/25 4/23 4/39 4/45 4/57 3/20 3/34 4.00 80.00
5 Ajantha Mendis 6/13 4/47 4/60 4/73 3/29 3/30 3/39 3.86 77.14
5 SK Warne 4/29 4/33 4/34 4/36 4/36 4/40 3/11 3.86 77.14
5 A Kumble 5/33 4/12 4/40 4/40 4/50 3/32 3/38 3.86 77.14
5 Shahid Afridi 5/23 4/20 4/30 4/34 4/38 3/15 3/16 3.86 77.14
9 DL Vettori 5/30 4/14 4/24 4/33 3/31 3/32 3/32 3.71 74.29
9 IVA Richards 6/41 5/41 3/27 3/29 3/34 3/38 3/42 3.71 74.29
9 Abdul Qadir 5/44 5/53 4/21 3/23 3/24 3/27 3/27 3.71 74.29
12 GB Hogg 5/41 4/29 4/49 3/40 3/42 3/45 3/46 3.57 71.43
13 Harbhajan Singh 5/56 4/46 3/27 3/27 3/27 3/28 3/29 3.43 68.57
13 Saeed Ajmal 5/24 4/58 3/20 3/26 3/27 3/40 3/42 3.43 68.57
13 Imran Tahir 4/26 4/27 4/38 4/53 3/45 3/50 2/14 3.43 68.57
13 CL Hooper 4/34 4/37 4/52 3/9 3/22 3/27 3/27 3.43 68.57
17 JE Emburey 4/37 4/39 3/17 3/26 3/35 3/38 3/38 3.29 65.71
17 RJ Shastri 5/15 3/26 3/30 3/31 3/40 3/47 3/48 3.29 65.71
19 RA Harper 4/46 4/47 3/31 3/34 3/49 2/8 2/22 3.00 60.00
20 Maninder Singh 4/22 3/23 3/47 2/17 2/25 2/26 1/19 2.43 48.57
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 M Muralitharan 10.0/9 10.0/9 6.0/6 8.0/12 7.1/12 1.11 100.00
1 M Muralitharan 10.0/9 10.0/9 6.0/6 8.0/12 7.1/12 1.11 100.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 7.0/9 8.0/12 8.0/13 9.0/17 7.0/14 1.61 69.01
3 RJ Shastri 9.3/14 10.0/17 10.0/17 7.0/13 5.0/10 1.72 64.78
4 Saeed Ajmal 7.0/6 10.0/20 6.0/13 8.0/18 9.4/24 1.80 61.88
5 DL Vettori 10.0/14 9.0/18 10.0/20 9.0/19 7.0/15 1.80 61.87
6 SK Warne 10.0/11 10.0/18 10.0/21 10.0/21 7.0/16 1.80 61.83
7 RA Harper 9.0/8 10.0/15 10.0/22 9.0/21 7.0/17 1.83 60.75
8 A Kumble 9.0/11 7.0/12 7.0/15 10.0/22 10.0/22 1.86 59.76
9 CL Hooper 6.0/10 10.0/18 10.0/19 10.0/22 10.0/23 1.95 57.17
10 Harbhajan Singh 10.0/14 8.0/14 8.0/19 10.0/24 10.0/24 1.97 56.58
11 JE Emburey 10.0/19 8.3/17 10.0/20 10.0/22 10.0/22 2.08 53.61
12 Abdul Qadir 12.0/21 10.0/19 6.0/13 7.0/16 10.0/26 2.15 51.75
13 Shahid Afridi 7.2/15 10.0/21 10.0/24 8.0/22 9.0/25 2.26 49.40
14 Imran Tahir 10.0/14 10.0/28 10.0/29 8.2/26 8.3/27 2.35 47.41
15 Maninder Singh 10.0/19 9.0/22 9.0/23 9.0/25 10.0/28 2.54 43.80
16 GB Hogg 10.0/24 10.0/27 10.0/28 8.0/23 10.0/30 2.60 42.88
17 Kuldeep Yadav 10.0/25 9.0/23 6.0/20 10.0/34 10.0/34 2.70 41.35
18 IVA Richards 6.3/16 9.0/24 10.0/27 8.0/22 10.0/28 2.72 41.01
19 YS Chahal 8.2/22 10.0/36 10.0/38 8.0/31 10.0/40 3.20 34.80
20 Ajantha Mendis 8.0/13 9.0/35 10.0/39 6.0/24 10.0/42 3.28 34.01
AW Rating

The AWAY (AW) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE AW RAT
1 M Muralitharan 200.00 135.14 139.86 136.07 131.25 100.00 100.00 942.32
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 91.05 138.05 150.00 124.16 121.58 85.71 69.01 779.58
3 Saeed Ajmal 61.58 134.29 148.47 134.06 130.42 68.57 61.88 739.28
4 Imran Tahir 111.89 129.81 122.55 124.73 120.08 68.57 47.41 725.03
5 Abdul Qadir 95.25 121.80 134.10 118.96 116.56 74.29 51.75 712.70
6 Kuldeep Yadav 78.85 124.12 145.23 121.59 115.37 80.00 41.35 706.52
7 SK Warne 83.68 113.07 125.19 122.52 120.17 77.14 61.83 703.60
8 A Kumble 111.05 93.96 99.28 124.38 121.79 77.14 59.76 687.37
9 DL Vettori 92.63 95.88 100.14 130.85 127.86 74.29 61.87 683.52
10 YS Chahal 96.97 119.41 125.86 111.37 108.20 82.86 34.80 679.47
11 JE Emburey 75.94 105.00 121.16 121.48 120.92 65.71 53.61 663.83
12 RJ Shastri 99.11 82.73 96.46 127.22 126.38 65.71 64.78 662.39
13 Harbhajan Singh 83.68 91.35 102.68 128.36 124.06 68.57 56.58 655.29
14 Shahid Afridi 120.00 84.60 86.14 117.93 113.55 77.14 49.40 648.77
15 CL Hooper 80.00 92.19 108.26 121.51 121.06 68.57 57.17 648.76
16 Ajantha Mendis 44.74 150.00 123.58 116.26 99.92 77.14 34.01 645.65
17 IVA Richards 130.00 79.15 89.95 112.09 110.98 74.29 41.01 637.46
18 Maninder Singh 34.75 113.51 127.71 136.53 131.26 48.57 43.80 636.13
19 GB Hogg 52.11 114.72 115.16 121.60 118.18 71.43 42.88 636.08
20 RA Harper 90.10 79.02 86.67 130.15 127.01 60.00 60.75 633.70

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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