Top 25 Spin Bowlers Against Top 7 Batsmen In Tests

All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards. Our ratings are based on conditions and diverse oppositions. Before the above mentioned date, there were primarily only two teams which dominated cricket. Moreover, matches were of unequal length with some ending in 4 days and some being timeless. Post 1950, West Indies and South Africa grew as test teams. Moreover, Asian teams India and Pakistan started improving after 1950 and became compenent at home at least. Performance in Asia and outside Asia are integral to our overall rating. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 25 Spin bowlers against the Top 7 batsmen of Top Teams

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

TOP 7 VICTIMS Rating

This rating only include stats of Spin bowlers against the Top 7 batsmen of Top Teams. 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.

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 the lower average is better for a bowler.
  • For Average and Strike Rate, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has taken a minimum number of wickets, which are mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • 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.
Top Teams (TT)

The Top 7 Rating considers performances only against the Top 7 batsmen of Top Teams. Here is some infomartion about Top Teams:-

  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • Further, they are divided into In Asia and Outside Asia.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams in the specific condition (Asia or outside Asia) or among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if he palyed against it in the specific condition and in the specific decade.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 50
Min Wickets (TS AVE SR) 75
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for wkts taken. We have divided cricket from 1950 onwards 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 Underwood 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 Underwood.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Underwood and not Murlidharan.
  • So a player who has taken 50 Wkts in Underwood’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 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS T7 WKTS RAT
TS DL Underwood ENG 1966 1982 1974 151 203 200.00
1 DL Underwood ENG 1966 1982 1974 151 203 200.00
2 LR Gibbs WI 1958 1976 1967 148 188 185.22
3 BS Bedi IND 1966 1979 1972.5 118 175 172.41
4 R Benaud AUS 1952 1964 1958 116 166 163.55
5 BS Chandrasekhar IND 1964 1979 1971.5 97 138 135.96
6 EAS Prasanna IND 1962 1978 1970 86 117 115.27
7 GAR Lock ENG 1952 1968 1960 88 112 110.34
8 S Ramadhin WI 1950 1960 1955 76 110 108.37
9 FJ Titmus ENG 1955 1975 1965 90 106 104.43
10 Iqbal Qasim PAK 1976 1988 1982 86 104 102.46
11 AL Valentine WI 1950 1962 1956 63 101 99.51
12 Intikhab Alam PAK 1959 1977 1968 78 91 89.66
13 SP Gupte IND 1951 1961 1956 61 85 83.74
14 DA Allen ENG 1960 1966 1963 65 84 82.76
15 DR Doshi IND 1979 1983 1981 55 78 76.85
16 HJ Howarth NZ 1969 1977 1973 50 65 64.04
17 NS Yadav IND 1979 1987 1983 61 61 60.10
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS T7 WKTS RAT
TS M Muralitharan SL 1992 2010 2001 230 404 250.00
1 M Muralitharan SL 1992 2010 2001 230 404 250.00
2 SK Warne AUS 1992 2007 1999.5 273 373 230.82
3 A Kumble IND 1990 2008 1999 236 316 195.54
4 HMRKB Herath SL 1999 2018 2008.5 170 226 139.85
5 GP Swann ENG 2008 2013 2010.5 109 134 82.92
6 Mushtaq Ahmed PAK 1990 2003 1996.5 89 112 69.31
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS T7 WKTS RAT
TS NM Lyon AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 207 236 210.00
1 NM Lyon AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 207 236 210.00
2 R Ashwin IND 2011 2022 2016.5 162 214 190.42
Wkts/Inn

In the T7 Rating, instead of Average, Wickets/Inning (WKTS/INN) is used as a measure of Consistency. Average data against the top 7 batsmen is not available for earlier matches. The WKTS/INN in this criteria is the wickets of top 7 batsmen taking by the bowler per inning. Overall and Away matches are two parts of this criteria.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For Top 7 Wkts/Inn

In All Matches

RANK BOWLER INNS T7 WKTS WKTS/INN RAT
TS M Muralitharan 230 404 1.76 300.00
1 M Muralitharan 230 404 1.76 300.00
2 AL Valentine 63 101 1.60 273.81
3 BS Bedi 118 175 1.48 253.29
4 S Ramadhin 76 110 1.45 247.20
5 R Benaud 116 166 1.43 244.41
6 BS Chandrasekhar 97 138 1.42 242.98
7 DR Doshi 55 78 1.42 242.21
8 SP Gupte 61 85 1.39 237.99
9 SK Warne 273 373 1.37 233.35
10 EAS Prasanna 86 117 1.36 232.36
11 DL Underwood 151 203 1.34 229.61
12 A Kumble 236 316 1.34 228.69
13 HMRKB Herath 170 226 1.33 227.05
14 R Ashwin 162 214 1.32 225.61
15 HJ Howarth 50 65 1.30 222.03
16 DA Allen 65 84 1.29 220.72
17 GAR Lock 88 112 1.27 217.37
18 LR Gibbs 148 188 1.27 216.95
19 Mushtaq Ahmed 89 112 1.26 214.93
20 GP Swann 109 134 1.23 209.96
21 Iqbal Qasim 86 104 1.21 206.54
22 FJ Titmus 90 106 1.18 201.16
23 Intikhab Alam 78 91 1.17 199.26
24 NM Lyon 207 236 1.14 194.72
25 NS Yadav 61 61 1.00 170.79

In Away Matches

RANK BOWLER INNS T7 WKTS WKTS/INN RAT
TS M Muralitharan 96 178 1.85 300.00
1 M Muralitharan 96 178 1.85 300.00
2 AL Valentine 38 68 1.79 289.53
3 SP Gupte 25 42 1.68 271.82
4 HJ Howarth 29 48 1.66 267.80
5 BS Chandrasekhar 42 69 1.64 265.81
6 S Ramadhin 44 70 1.59 257.41
7 DL Underwood 78 124 1.59 257.22
8 NS Yadav 12 19 1.58 256.18
9 DA Allen 43 67 1.56 252.10
10 R Benaud 62 96 1.55 250.53
11 BS Bedi 64 97 1.52 245.22
12 SK Warne 144 218 1.51 244.94
13 Mushtaq Ahmed 52 78 1.50 242.70
14 GP Swann 52 75 1.44 233.36
14 FJ Titmus 52 75 1.44 233.36
16 EAS Prasanna 45 64 1.42 230.11
17 DR Doshi 18 25 1.39 224.72
18 LR Gibbs 89 116 1.30 210.88
19 Iqbal Qasim 36 46 1.28 206.74
20 Intikhab Alam 41 52 1.27 205.21
21 GAR Lock 38 47 1.24 200.12
22 A Kumble 121 141 1.17 188.54
23 NM Lyon 101 110 1.09 176.22
24 HMRKB Herath 78 77 0.99 159.72
25 R Ashwin 63 58 0.92 148.96
T7 Perc

This criteria gives you the percentage of victims of the bowler which were Top 7 batsmen. Like, if a bowler has 50 Wkts and out of those 40 are top 7 batsmen. Then the T7 PERC is 40/50*100 or 80%.

TOP 7 PERCENTAGE


Criteria: Percentage of Top 7 Victims

RANK BOWLER INNS OV WKTS T7 WKTS %AGE RAT
TS Intikhab Alam 78 125 91 72.80 150.00
1 HJ Howarth 50 86 65 75.58 150.00
2 Intikhab Alam 78 125 91 72.80 150.00
3 AL Valentine 63 139 101 72.66 149.72
4 S Ramadhin 76 158 110 69.62 143.45
5 FJ Titmus 90 153 106 69.28 142.75
6 DA Allen 65 122 84 68.85 141.87
7 DR Doshi 55 114 78 68.42 140.98
8 DL Underwood 151 297 203 68.35 140.83
9 R Benaud 116 248 166 66.94 137.92
10 BS Bedi 118 266 175 65.79 135.56
11 GAR Lock 88 174 112 64.37 132.63
12 EAS Prasanna 86 189 117 61.90 127.55
13 LR Gibbs 148 309 188 60.84 125.36
14 Iqbal Qasim 86 171 104 60.82 125.31
15 Mushtaq Ahmed 89 185 112 60.54 124.74
16 NS Yadav 61 102 61 59.80 123.22
17 SP Gupte 61 149 85 57.05 117.54
18 BS Chandrasekhar 97 242 138 57.02 117.50
19 NM Lyon 207 438 236 53.88 111.02
20 SK Warne 273 708 373 52.68 108.55
21 GP Swann 109 255 134 52.55 108.27
22 HMRKB Herath 170 433 226 52.19 107.54
23 A Kumble 236 619 316 51.05 105.19
24 M Muralitharan 230 800 404 50.50 104.05
25 R Ashwin 162 442 214 48.42 99.76
T7 Rating

The TOP 7 VICTIMS (T7) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON CON AW PERC 7 T7 RAT
1 M Muralitharan 250.00 300.00 300.00 104.05 954.05
2 DL Underwood 200.00 229.61 257.22 140.83 827.66
3 SK Warne 230.82 233.35 244.94 108.55 817.67
4 AL Valentine 99.51 273.81 289.53 149.72 812.57
5 BS Bedi 172.41 253.29 245.22 135.56 806.49
6 R Benaud 163.55 244.41 250.53 137.92 796.40
7 BS Chandrasekhar 135.96 242.98 265.81 117.50 762.25
8 S Ramadhin 108.37 247.20 257.41 143.45 756.43
9 LR Gibbs 185.22 216.95 210.88 125.36 738.42
10 A Kumble 195.54 228.69 188.54 105.19 717.96
11 SP Gupte 83.74 237.99 271.82 117.54 711.09
12 EAS Prasanna 115.27 232.36 230.11 127.55 705.29
13 HJ Howarth 64.04 222.03 267.80 150.00 703.87
14 DA Allen 82.76 220.72 252.10 141.87 697.44
15 NM Lyon 210.00 194.72 176.22 111.02 691.95
16 DR Doshi 76.85 242.21 224.72 140.98 684.76
17 FJ Titmus 104.43 201.16 233.36 142.75 681.70
18 R Ashwin 190.42 225.61 148.96 99.76 664.75
19 GAR Lock 110.34 217.37 200.12 132.63 660.46
20 Mushtaq Ahmed 69.31 214.93 242.70 124.74 651.67
21 Intikhab Alam 89.66 199.26 205.21 150.00 644.12
22 Iqbal Qasim 102.46 206.54 206.74 125.31 641.06
23 GP Swann 82.92 209.96 233.36 108.27 634.52
24 HMRKB Herath 139.85 227.05 159.72 107.54 634.17
25 NS Yadav 60.10 170.79 256.18 123.22 610.29

TOP TEAMS IN ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS WI PAK IND ENG
1960s WI AUS PAK IND ENG SA
1970s PAK ENG IND WI SA AUS
1980s PAK WI ENG NZ AUS
1990s IND PAK SA AUS WI
2000s AUS SL IND PAK SA ENG
2010s IND PAK SL ENG SA AUS
2020s IND PAK AUS ENG NZ SA

TOP TEAMS OUTSIDE ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS ENG WI SA PAK
1960s ENG AUS WI SA NZ
1970s SA ENG WI AUS IND
1980s WI NZ AUS ENG PAK
1990s AUS SA WI PAK ENG
2000s AUS SA ENG IND NZ
2010s SA AUS ENG NZ IND
2020s AUS SA NZ ENG WI IND


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