Top 10 Current Spin Bowlers In Test Cricket

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All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards (Know Why). Most of our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks. Brief explanation of the ratings is given before each section (Detailed Explanation). Only bowlers active till at least 2023 are considered in this rating. Here are the Top 10 Spin bowlers in matches in last 5 years in Test cricket.

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2023-08-09

THE CRITERIA


The CURRENT Rating is divided into four main sections:-

CRITERIA STAT POINTS
Prolific Wickets Taken 200.00
Consistent Average 400.00
Attacking Strike Rate 300.00
Best Bowling Top Bowling Performances 100.00
The Trend Setter (TS)

TS is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated taking the TS as the benchmark. Know All About TS. Here is a simple example:-

  • TS Ave: 25.00; Player X Ave: 30.00; Section Points: 300.00
  • TS Points: 300.00(Max); Player X Points: TS Ave/Ave X 300 = 25.00/30.00 X 300 = 250.00
  • Ratings of all sections are calculated similarly with Ave being replaced by the Criteria Stat.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 25
Min Wickets (TS AVE SR) 50

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

RANK BOWLER NAT INNS WKTS RAT
TS NM Lyon AUS 64 153 200.00
1 NM Lyon AUS 64 153 200.00
2 R Ashwin IND 56 147 192.16
3 MJ Leach ENG 51 104 135.95
4 RA Jadeja IND 50 83 108.50
5 Taijul Islam BAN 32 80 104.58
6 Mehedi Hasan Miraz BAN 34 67 87.58
7 KA Maharaj SA 38 65 84.97
8 RT Mendis SL 26 63 82.35
9 Nauman Ali PAK 28 47 61.44
10 JE Root ENG 66 40 52.29

CONSISTENT


R Ave

Relative Average (R Ave) is a more accurate type of average. Know How It Is Calculated. Briefly it takes into account:-

  • Strength of Opposition.
  • Venues at which a player has played.
  • Time Period in which a bowler has been active

Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE R AVE RAT
TS R Ashwin 56 2869 147 19.52 20.91 200.00
1 R Ashwin 56 2869 147 19.52 20.91 200.00
2 RA Jadeja 50 2072 83 24.96 26.32 158.87
3 NM Lyon 64 4320 153 28.24 26.58 157.32
4 KA Maharaj 38 2435 65 37.46 31.95 130.86
5 Nauman Ali 28 1576 47 33.53 32.66 128.02
6 MJ Leach 51 3741 104 35.97 33.45 125.01
7 RT Mendis 26 1931 63 30.65 33.83 123.60
8 Taijul Islam 32 2720 80 34.00 35.34 118.31
9 JE Root 66 1674 40 41.85 37.31 112.06
10 Mehedi Hasan Miraz 34 2548 67 38.03 39.10 106.95

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE R AVE RAT
TS R Ashwin 41 2113 108 19.56 20.96 200.00
1 R Ashwin 41 2113 108 19.56 20.96 200.00
2 NM Lyon 53 3503 123 28.48 26.81 156.35
3 RA Jadeja 34 1558 60 25.97 27.38 153.11
4 MJ Leach 39 2896 79 36.66 34.09 122.96
5 JE Root 54 1485 35 42.43 37.83 110.80
6 Taijul Islam 13 1210 32 37.81 39.30 106.64
7 RT Mendis 13 987 27 36.56 40.35 103.89
8 Nauman Ali 8 729 16 45.56 44.38 94.45
9 KA Maharaj 24 1900 36 52.78 45.02 93.11
10 Mehedi Hasan Miraz 16 1405 29 48.45 49.81 84.15

ATTACKING


R SR

Relative Strike Rate (R SR) for bowlers is calculated using the same method as R Ave with average being replaced with SR.

Criteria: Points For R SR or Balls/Wkt

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS WKTS SR R SR RAT
TS R Ashwin 56 6741 147 45.86 55.66 300.00
1 R Ashwin 56 6741 147 45.86 55.66 300.00
2 NM Lyon 64 9517 153 62.20 69.73 239.47
3 KA Maharaj 38 4599 65 70.75 71.63 233.12
4 RA Jadeja 50 4874 83 58.72 72.52 230.25
5 RT Mendis 26 3726 63 59.14 75.79 220.33
6 MJ Leach 51 7212 104 69.35 77.26 216.14
7 Nauman Ali 28 3208 47 68.26 77.46 215.57
8 JE Root 66 2931 40 73.28 78.35 213.11
9 Taijul Islam 32 5785 80 72.31 85.63 195.00
10 Mehedi Hasan Miraz 34 5101 67 76.13 87.51 190.82

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


BBW

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

Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBW RAT
TS R Ashwin 7/71 7/145 6/61 6/91 5/37 6.20 100.00
1 R Ashwin 7/71 7/145 6/61 6/91 5/37 6.20 100.00
2 NM Lyon 8/64 6/49 6/128 5/50 5/67 6.00 96.77
3 Taijul Islam 7/116 6/135 5/58 5/72 4/36 5.40 87.10
3 KA Maharaj 7/32 7/40 5/36 5/180 3/75 5.40 87.10
3 Nauman Ali 7/70 6/107 5/35 5/86 4/126 5.40 87.10
6 RT Mendis 6/70 5/47 5/64 5/66 5/136 5.20 83.87
7 RA Jadeja 7/42 5/41 5/47 4/40 4/46 5.00 80.65
8 MJ Leach 5/66 5/100 5/122 5/157 4/49 4.80 77.42
9 Mehedi Hasan Miraz 5/63 5/82 4/58 4/59 4/66 4.40 70.97
10 JE Root 5/8 4/87 2/0 2/19 2/20 3.00 48.39

CURRENT RATING


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

RANK BOWLER PRO CON ATT BBW CUR RAT
1 R Ashwin 192.16 400.00 300.00 100.00 992.16
2 NM Lyon 200.00 313.67 239.47 96.77 849.91
3 RA Jadeja 108.50 311.99 230.25 80.65 731.38
4 MJ Leach 135.95 247.97 216.14 77.42 677.48
5 KA Maharaj 84.97 223.97 233.12 87.10 629.15
6 RT Mendis 82.35 227.48 220.33 83.87 614.04
7 Taijul Islam 104.58 224.95 195.00 87.10 611.63
8 Nauman Ali 61.44 222.47 215.57 87.10 586.58
9 Mehedi Hasan Miraz 87.58 191.10 190.82 70.97 540.47
10 JE Root 52.29 222.86 213.11 48.39 536.64

TOP TEAMS

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 ENG PAK AUS NZ

Top Teams Outside Asia


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5
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 NZ SA ENG IND


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