Top 20 ODI Spin Bowlers In Top Form 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 their Top Form Away From Home

*Note: All ODI Ratings are updated till 2022-07-28

TOP FORM – AWAY Rating

This rating only includes stats of Spin bowlers in their Top Form 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. Top Form is calculated by taking the best 30 consecutive innings of a bowler such that his overall points are maximum.

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 INNS WKTS RAT
TS Abdul Qadir PAK 1983-06-16 1988-12-10 30 54 180.00
1 Abdul Qadir PAK 1983-06-16 1988-12-10 30 54 180.00
2 JE Emburey ENG 1987-01-03 1988-03-12 30 48 160.00
3 RJ Shastri IND 1983-03-29 1986-02-02 30 36 120.00
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Saqlain Mushtaq PAK 1996-09-21 1998-01-12 30 67 200.00
1 Saqlain Mushtaq PAK 1996-09-21 1998-01-12 30 67 200.00
2 BAW Mendis SL 2008-04-10 2012-01-11 30 59 176.12
2 M Muralitharan SL 2001-01-17 2003-02-24 30 59 176.12
4 DL Vettori NZ 2003-05-19 2005-10-05 30 54 161.19
5 Saeed Ajmal PAK 2011-03-23 2013-05-17 30 52 155.22
6 GB Hogg AUS 2005-06-19 2007-10-02 30 51 152.24
6 SK Warne AUS 1999-04-18 2001-03-25 30 51 152.24
6 A Kumble IND 1995-02-18 1997-02-09 30 51 152.24
9 PA Strang ZIM 1997-04-03 1999-05-15 30 46 137.31
10 RJ Peterson SA 2003-10-07 2013-06-14 30 45 134.33
11 CL Hooper WI 1992-03-13 1994-10-17 30 40 119.40
12 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 2011-02-23 2013-01-03 30 34 101.49
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP INNS WKTS RAT
TS K Yadav IND 2017-06-25 2019-06-16 30 60 190.00
1 K Yadav IND 2017-06-25 2019-06-16 30 60 190.00
2 Imran Tahir SA 2011-02-24 2015-03-18 30 59 186.83
3 YS Chahal IND 2016-06-13 2019-06-22 30 57 180.50
4 A Zampa AUS 2017-09-28 2022-03-31 30 55 174.17
4 AU Rashid ENG 2016-02-09 2020-02-09 30 55 174.17
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 M Muralitharan 30 879 59 14.90 37.66 14.84 150.00
1 M Muralitharan 30 879 59 14.90 37.66 14.84 150.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 30 1090 67 16.27 37.44 16.30 136.56
3 BAW Mendis 30 1013 59 17.17 36.77 17.51 127.07
4 DL Vettori 30 961 54 17.80 37.82 17.65 126.12
5 K Yadav 30 1228 60 20.47 42.44 18.08 123.05
6 Imran Tahir 30 1159 59 19.64 40.72 18.09 123.01
7 GB Hogg 30 919 51 18.02 37.17 18.18 122.41
8 Saeed Ajmal 30 979 52 18.83 38.03 18.57 119.87
9 PA Strang 30 1015 46 22.07 38.17 21.68 102.66
10 Abdul Qadir 30 1145 54 21.20 36.45 21.81 102.02
11 RJ Peterson 30 1038 45 23.07 38.79 22.30 99.80
12 YS Chahal 30 1295 57 22.72 38.20 22.30 99.78
13 A Kumble 30 1141 51 22.37 37.14 22.59 98.51
14 SK Warne 30 1133 51 22.22 36.75 22.67 98.16
15 CL Hooper 30 952 40 23.80 38.76 23.02 96.66
16 JE Emburey 30 1186 48 24.71 40.22 23.04 96.59
17 RJ Shastri 30 868 36 24.11 37.70 23.98 92.79
18 AU Rashid 30 1450 55 26.36 39.35 25.12 88.58
19 Mohammad Hafeez 30 867 34 25.50 37.84 25.27 88.07
20 A Zampa 30 1553 55 28.24 40.89 25.89 85.94

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS M Muralitharan 26 813 52 15.63 37.66 15.57 150.00
1 M Muralitharan 26 813 52 15.63 37.66 15.57 150.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 27 992 56 17.71 37.44 17.74 131.61
3 K Yadav 24 990 48 20.63 42.44 18.22 128.14
4 Saeed Ajmal 20 697 35 19.91 38.03 19.64 118.92
5 DL Vettori 23 745 36 20.69 37.82 20.52 113.82
6 Imran Tahir 21 826 37 22.32 40.72 20.56 113.59
7 Mohammad Hafeez 18 508 23 22.09 37.84 21.89 106.70
8 GB Hogg 22 730 33 22.12 37.17 22.32 104.65
9 CL Hooper 30 952 40 23.80 38.76 23.02 101.43
10 JE Emburey 30 1186 48 24.71 40.22 23.04 101.36
11 Abdul Qadir 28 1103 49 22.51 36.45 23.16 100.84
12 RJ Peterson 25 846 35 24.17 38.79 23.37 99.94
13 RJ Shastri 28 823 35 23.51 37.70 23.39 99.84
14 SK Warne 26 994 43 23.12 36.75 23.59 99.00
15 A Kumble 25 943 40 23.58 37.14 23.80 98.11
16 YS Chahal 26 1163 47 24.74 38.20 24.29 96.14
17 BAW Mendis 16 634 25 25.36 36.77 25.87 90.28
18 AU Rashid 22 1063 39 27.26 39.35 25.97 89.91
19 A Zampa 25 1324 46 28.78 40.89 26.40 88.48
20 PA Strang 20 740 26 28.46 38.17 27.96 83.53
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 M Muralitharan 30 1672 879 3.15 4.67 3.04 150.00
1 M Muralitharan 30 1672 879 3.15 4.67 3.04 150.00
2 Mohammad Hafeez 30 1518 867 3.43 4.89 3.16 144.38
3 Saeed Ajmal 30 1566 979 3.75 4.89 3.45 132.03
4 RJ Shastri 30 1522 868 3.42 4.42 3.48 130.84
5 DL Vettori 30 1452 961 3.97 4.74 3.77 120.83
6 PA Strang 30 1597 1015 3.81 4.53 3.78 120.37
7 Imran Tahir 30 1632 1159 4.26 5.06 3.79 120.23
8 CL Hooper 30 1444 952 3.96 4.59 3.88 117.42
9 Saqlain Mushtaq 30 1621 1090 4.03 4.60 3.95 115.36
10 K Yadav 30 1642 1228 4.49 5.07 3.99 114.28
11 BAW Mendis 30 1396 1013 4.35 4.85 4.04 112.85
12 A Kumble 30 1653 1141 4.14 4.57 4.08 111.73
13 SK Warne 30 1646 1133 4.13 4.55 4.08 111.53
14 GB Hogg 30 1280 919 4.31 4.72 4.11 110.83
15 RJ Peterson 30 1354 1038 4.60 4.95 4.18 109.03
16 Abdul Qadir 30 1648 1145 4.17 4.37 4.29 106.22
17 YS Chahal 30 1609 1295 4.83 5.03 4.32 105.38
18 JE Emburey 30 1655 1186 4.30 4.43 4.37 104.18
19 A Zampa 30 1686 1553 5.53 5.14 4.84 94.19
20 AU Rashid 30 1558 1450 5.58 5.05 4.98 91.54

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS Mohammad Hafeez 18 990 508 3.08 4.89 2.83 150.00
1 Mohammad Hafeez 18 990 508 3.08 4.89 2.83 150.00
2 M Muralitharan 26 1476 813 3.30 4.67 3.18 133.63
3 RJ Shastri 28 1444 823 3.42 4.42 3.48 122.20
4 Saeed Ajmal 20 1090 697 3.84 4.89 3.53 120.48
5 CL Hooper 30 1444 952 3.96 4.59 3.88 109.60
6 DL Vettori 23 1087 745 4.11 4.74 3.90 108.91
7 Imran Tahir 21 1128 826 4.39 5.06 3.91 108.83
8 Saqlain Mushtaq 27 1456 992 4.09 4.60 4.00 106.27
9 A Kumble 25 1383 943 4.09 4.57 4.03 105.57
10 RJ Peterson 25 1138 846 4.46 4.95 4.05 104.95
11 K Yadav 24 1288 990 4.61 5.07 4.10 103.79
12 PA Strang 20 1062 740 4.18 4.53 4.15 102.48
13 SK Warne 26 1412 994 4.22 4.55 4.18 101.79
14 JE Emburey 30 1655 1186 4.30 4.43 4.37 97.25
15 Abdul Qadir 28 1549 1103 4.27 4.37 4.40 96.74
16 YS Chahal 26 1405 1163 4.97 5.03 4.45 95.64
17 GB Hogg 22 938 730 4.67 4.72 4.46 95.43
18 BAW Mendis 16 761 634 5.00 4.85 4.63 91.75
19 A Zampa 25 1444 1324 5.50 5.14 4.81 88.32
20 AU Rashid 22 1178 1063 5.41 5.05 4.83 88.12
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 Saqlain Mushtaq 5/29 5/45 4/17 4/33 4/41 4.40 100.00
1 K Yadav 6/25 4/23 4/39 4/45 4/57 4.40 100.00
1 Saqlain Mushtaq 5/29 5/45 4/17 4/33 4/41 4.40 100.00
1 YS Chahal 6/42 5/22 4/46 4/51 3/41 4.40 100.00
4 M Muralitharan 5/9 5/30 4/27 4/28 3/12 4.20 95.45
5 Abdul Qadir 5/44 5/53 3/23 3/24 3/27 3.80 86.36
5 DL Vettori 5/30 4/14 4/33 3/31 3/34 3.80 86.36
5 BAW Mendis 6/13 4/47 3/29 3/30 3/39 3.80 86.36
8 AU Rashid 4/36 4/43 4/49 3/42 3/49 3.60 81.82
8 A Zampa 4/38 4/43 4/55 3/36 3/46 3.60 81.82
8 Imran Tahir 4/26 4/38 4/53 3/45 3/50 3.60 81.82
11 SK Warne 4/29 4/33 3/11 3/28 3/35 3.40 77.27
11 JE Emburey 4/37 4/39 3/17 3/26 3/35 3.40 77.27
13 Saeed Ajmal 5/24 3/20 3/27 3/42 2/6 3.20 72.73
13 A Kumble 4/12 4/40 3/32 3/47 2/29 3.20 72.73
13 PA Strang 4/32 3/32 3/40 3/44 3/44 3.20 72.73
13 GB Hogg 4/29 3/40 3/42 3/56 3/61 3.20 72.73
17 RJ Peterson 4/12 3/22 3/37 3/42 2/26 3.00 68.18
17 RJ Shastri 3/26 3/30 3/31 3/40 3/48 3.00 68.18
19 CL Hooper 3/9 3/27 3/31 3/33 2/1 2.80 63.64
20 Mohammad Hafeez 3/27 2/15 2/16 2/20 2/37 2.20 50.00
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 8.0/12 7.1/12 10.0/20 10.0/22 1.60 100.00
1 M Muralitharan 10.0/9 8.0/12 7.1/12 10.0/20 10.0/22 1.60 100.00
2 Mohammad Hafeez 5.0/7 10.0/15 10.0/16 10.0/20 10.0/26 1.72 93.02
3 RJ Shastri 9.3/14 10.0/17 10.0/17 7.0/13 5.0/10 1.74 91.84
4 Saeed Ajmal 7.0/6 10.0/20 6.0/13 8.0/18 9.4/24 1.83 87.26
5 Saqlain Mushtaq 7.0/9 8.0/13 9.0/17 10.0/26 8.0/24 2.07 77.08
6 CL Hooper 6.0/10 10.0/18 10.0/19 10.0/27 9.5/27 2.16 73.97
7 SK Warne 10.0/11 10.0/21 10.0/25 10.0/28 10.0/29 2.25 70.90
8 DL Vettori 10.0/14 10.0/20 10.0/31 10.0/32 9.2/30 2.44 65.41
9 Abdul Qadir 10.0/19 6.0/13 7.0/16 10.0/27 10.0/29 2.49 64.25
10 JE Emburey 8.3/17 10.0/22 10.0/26 10.0/27 9.0/26 2.53 63.28
11 RJ Peterson 7.0/12 8.0/22 9.0/28 10.0/32 7.0/25 2.64 60.64
12 K Yadav 10.0/25 9.0/23 6.0/20 10.0/34 10.0/34 2.68 59.55
13 Imran Tahir 10.0/28 10.0/29 8.2/26 9.0/32 10.0/37 2.86 55.99
14 PA Strang 7.0/16 10.0/29 6.0/18 10.0/32 10.0/32 2.93 54.54
15 A Kumble 7.0/12 10.0/29 10.0/32 9.0/30 10.0/36 2.97 53.74
16 GB Hogg 10.0/24 6.0/19 10.0/35 10.0/36 8.0/30 3.12 51.20
17 YS Chahal 8.2/22 10.0/36 10.0/38 8.0/31 10.0/40 3.23 49.55
18 BAW Mendis 8.0/13 9.0/35 10.0/39 6.0/24 6.5/29 3.26 49.06
19 AU Rashid 10.0/32 10.0/34 10.0/36 10.0/42 10.0/43 3.33 47.97
20 A Zampa 10.0/36 10.0/38 10.0/44 10.0/44 9.4/43 3.61 44.26
TF AW Rating

The TOP FORM – AWAY (TF 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 TF AW RAT
1 M Muralitharan 176.12 150.00 150.00 150.00 133.63 95.45 100.00 955.20
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 200.00 136.56 131.61 115.36 106.27 100.00 77.08 866.89
3 K Yadav 190.00 123.05 128.14 114.28 103.79 100.00 59.55 818.82
4 Saeed Ajmal 155.22 119.87 118.92 132.03 120.48 72.73 87.26 806.52
5 Imran Tahir 186.83 123.01 113.59 120.23 108.83 81.82 55.99 790.31
6 DL Vettori 161.19 126.12 113.82 120.83 108.91 86.36 65.41 782.64
7 Abdul Qadir 180.00 102.02 100.84 106.22 96.74 86.36 64.25 736.43
8 Mohammad Hafeez 101.49 88.07 106.70 144.38 150.00 50.00 93.02 733.66
9 BAW Mendis 176.12 127.07 90.28 112.85 91.75 86.36 49.06 733.50
10 YS Chahal 180.50 99.78 96.14 105.38 95.64 100.00 49.55 726.99
11 RJ Shastri 120.00 92.79 99.84 130.84 122.20 68.18 91.84 725.68
12 SK Warne 152.24 98.16 99.00 111.53 101.79 77.27 70.90 710.90
13 GB Hogg 152.24 122.41 104.65 110.83 95.43 72.73 51.20 709.48
14 JE Emburey 160.00 96.59 101.36 104.18 97.25 77.27 63.28 699.94
15 A Kumble 152.24 98.51 98.11 111.73 105.57 72.73 53.74 692.62
16 CL Hooper 119.40 96.66 101.43 117.42 109.60 63.64 73.97 682.11
17 RJ Peterson 134.33 99.80 99.94 109.03 104.95 68.18 60.64 676.86
18 PA Strang 137.31 102.66 83.53 120.37 102.48 72.73 54.54 673.62
19 AU Rashid 174.17 88.58 89.91 91.54 88.12 81.82 47.97 662.10
20 A Zampa 174.17 85.94 88.48 94.19 88.32 81.82 44.26 657.18

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 NZ BAN PAK IND SA ENG AUS SL


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