Top 20 ODI Spin Bowlers With Best Economy

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.To qualify for the rating, a player must have played at least 25 innings against the Top Teams (TT). TT may be found in the last section of the rating.

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

Best Economy Rates

The first list simply gives you the bowlers with best Economy Rates in ODI Cricket. The second list gives you the bowlers with best Relative Economy Rates (R ER). How it is calculated is explained in the highlighted sections. Only bowlers who have bowled more than 2500 balls are considered for both lists.

TOP 20 ODI Spinners With Best Economy Rates


RANK BOWLER NAT FP LP INNS RUNS BALLS ER
1 Akram Raza PAK 1989 1995 48 1611 2601 3.72
2 M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 341 12326 18811 3.93
3 Maninder Singh IND 1983 1993 57 2067 3133 3.96
4 RA Harper WI 1983 1996 99 3431 5175 3.98
5 RW Price ZIM 2002 2012 99 3575 5374 3.99
6 Abdul Qadir PAK 1983 1993 100 3442 5100 4.05
7 JE Emburey ENG 1980 1993 61 2346 3425 4.11
8 SP Narine WI 2011 2016 65 2435 3540 4.13
9 DL Vettori NZ 1997 2015 277 9674 14060 4.13
10 Arshad Khan PAK 1993 2006 56 1948 2823 4.14
11 Tauseef Ahmed PAK 1982 1990 67 2247 3250 4.15
12 PL Symcox SA 1993 1999 80 2762 3991 4.15
13 DN Patel NZ 1987 1997 69 2259 3251 4.17
14 PL Taylor AUS 1987 1992 80 2740 3937 4.18
15 Saeed Ajmal PAK 2008 2015 112 4182 6000 4.18
16 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 2003 2019 177 5400 7733 4.19
17 RJ Shastri IND 1981 1992 136 4650 6613 4.22
18 TBA May AUS 1987 1995 46 1772 2504 4.25
19 SK Warne AUS 1993 2005 191 7541 10642 4.25
20 Mohammad Nabi AFG 2009 2022 129 4545 6405 4.26
C ER

The Comparative Economy Rate (C ER) for bowlers is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the ER of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the ER of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The ER of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C ER suggest that more runs per over were scored by the batsmen in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was difficult to contain runs and the bowler will benefit from this.
  • Lower C ER means the opposite.
R ER

The Relative Economy Rate (R ER) is calculated using the C ER. Its formula is (Bowler ER/C ER)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C ER is comparatively high, your R ER 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.
  • 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.
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.

TOP 20 ODI Spinners With Best R ER


RANK BOWLER NAT FP LP INNS RUNS BALLS ER R ER
1 SP Narine WI 2011 2016 65 2435 3540 4.13 3.65
2 Akram Raza PAK 1989 1995 48 1611 2601 3.72 3.72
3 M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 341 12326 18811 3.93 3.79
4 RW Price ZIM 2002 2012 99 3575 5374 3.99 3.82
5 Saeed Ajmal PAK 2008 2015 112 4182 6000 4.18 3.85
6 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 2003 2019 177 5400 7733 4.19 3.86
7 DL Vettori NZ 1997 2015 277 9674 14060 4.13 3.92
8 HMRKB Herath SL 2004 2015 67 2362 3242 4.37 3.93
9 Arshad Khan PAK 1993 2006 56 1948 2823 4.14 3.99
10 Mohammad Nabi AFG 2009 2022 129 4545 6405 4.26 4.00
11 RA Harper WI 1983 1996 99 3431 5175 3.98 4.00
12 Maninder Singh IND 1983 1993 57 2067 3133 3.96 4.10
13 GP Swann ENG 2000 2013 76 2888 3809 4.55 4.12
14 Imran Tahir SA 2011 2019 104 4297 5541 4.65 4.14
15 PL Symcox SA 1993 1999 80 2762 3991 4.15 4.14
16 AF Giles ENG 1997 2005 57 2069 2856 4.35 4.14
17 Mehidy Hasan Miraz BAN 2017 2022 63 2434 3194 4.57 4.16
18 Harbhajan Singh IND 1998 2015 227 8973 12479 4.31 4.16
19 Abdul Qadir PAK 1983 1993 100 3442 5100 4.05 4.17
20 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 2006 2022 218 8401 11351 4.44 4.17

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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