Top 7 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). Here are the Top 7 Spin bowlers in matches in last 5 years in Test cricket.

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2024-06-09

CUR RATING

Points to note about CURRENT Rating:-

  • This rating takes into account only matches played in the last 5 years.
  • Only bowlers active till at least 2023 are considered in this rating.

THE CRITERIA


The CUR Rating is divided into 4 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.
Top Teams (TT)

Some sections consider performances only against the top teams. Here is some information about the 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.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if it comes in the specific condition and in the specific decade.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 25

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

RANK BOWLER NAT INNS WKTS RAT
TS NM Lyon AUS 78 187 200.00
1 NM Lyon AUS 78 187 200.00
2 R Ashwin IND 67 174 186.10
3 MJ Leach ENG 53 106 113.37
4 RA Jadeja IND 58 102 109.09
5 Taijul Islam BAN 39 96 102.67
6 KA Maharaj SA 36 64 68.45
7 AR Patel IND 27 55 58.82

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

Min Qualification For TS
Min Wickets 50

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE R AVE RAT
TS R Ashwin 67 3555 174 20.43 22.30 200.00
1 R Ashwin 67 3555 174 20.43 22.30 200.00
2 AR Patel 27 1064 55 19.35 24.60 181.31
3 NM Lyon 78 4993 187 26.70 25.56 174.45
4 RA Jadeja 58 2548 102 24.98 27.03 164.99
5 KA Maharaj 36 2381 64 37.20 32.00 139.36
6 MJ Leach 53 3837 106 36.20 34.55 129.09
7 Taijul Islam 39 3152 96 32.83 34.95 127.59

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE R AVE RAT
TS R Ashwin 52 2799 135 20.73 22.63 200.00
1 R Ashwin 52 2799 135 20.73 22.63 200.00
2 AR Patel 21 819 44 18.61 23.67 191.22
3 NM Lyon 57 3666 136 26.96 25.81 175.35
4 RA Jadeja 42 2034 79 25.75 27.86 162.45
5 Taijul Islam 16 1417 45 31.49 33.52 135.01
6 MJ Leach 41 2992 81 36.94 35.25 128.37
7 KA Maharaj 24 1900 36 52.78 45.40 99.69

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

Min Qualification For TS
Min Wickets 50
RANK BOWLER INNS BLS WKTS SR R SR RAT
TS R Ashwin 67 7794 174 44.79 56.73 300.00
1 R Ashwin 67 7794 174 44.79 56.73 300.00
2 NM Lyon 78 10856 187 58.05 66.42 256.24
3 AR Patel 27 2540 55 46.18 68.06 250.09
4 KA Maharaj 36 4547 64 71.05 72.14 235.95
5 RA Jadeja 58 5753 102 56.40 72.53 234.66
6 MJ Leach 53 7428 106 70.08 80.45 211.56
7 Taijul Islam 39 6679 96 69.57 84.48 201.47

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 NM Lyon 8/64 6/49 6/65 6/128 5/50 6.20 100.00
1 NM Lyon 8/64 6/49 6/65 6/128 5/50 6.20 100.00
1 R Ashwin 7/71 7/145 6/61 6/91 5/37 6.20 100.00
3 Taijul Islam 7/116 6/75 6/135 5/58 5/72 5.80 93.55
4 KA Maharaj 7/32 7/40 5/36 5/180 3/75 5.40 87.10
5 RA Jadeja 7/42 5/41 5/41 5/47 4/40 5.20 83.87
5 AR Patel 6/38 5/32 5/48 5/60 5/62 5.20 83.87
7 MJ Leach 5/66 5/100 5/122 5/157 4/49 4.80 77.42

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 186.10 400.00 300.00 100.00 986.10
2 NM Lyon 200.00 349.80 256.24 100.00 906.04
3 AR Patel 58.82 372.53 250.09 83.87 765.31
4 RA Jadeja 109.09 327.44 234.66 83.87 755.06
5 Taijul Islam 102.67 262.60 201.47 93.55 660.29
6 MJ Leach 113.37 257.46 211.56 77.42 659.81
7 KA Maharaj 68.45 239.05 235.95 87.10 630.54

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 PAK AUS ENG 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 ENG SA IND


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