Top 20 Spin Bowlers of All Time In ODI Cricket

Overall Rating

Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks. It is to be noted that U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and Afghanistan. All home and away stats of Pakistani and Afghani bowlers are calculated accordingly. The Overall Rating is divided into three main sections:-

  • Primary Rating: Which gives points for wickets, average, economy rate (ER) and best bowling performaces by wkts and ER.
  • Conditions Rating: Which gives points for performance of a bowler At Home, Away From Home, In Asia and Outside Asia
  • Secondary Rating: Which gives points for Top Form (Home and Away) and performances in World Cup.
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 min 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 25
Min Innings (TT) 25
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 100
Min Balls (TS ECO) 2500

PRIMARY CRITERIA

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 MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Abdul Qadir PAK 1983 1993 1988 100 132 120.00
1 Abdul Qadir PAK 1983 1993 1988 100 132 120.00
2 RJ Shastri IND 1981 1992 1986.5 136 129 117.27
3 RA Harper WI 1983 1996 1989.5 99 100 90.91
4 JE Emburey ENG 1980 1993 1986.5 61 76 69.09
5 VJ Marks ENG 1980 1988 1984 32 44 40.00
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 2002 341 534 200.00
1 M Muralitharan SL 1993 2011 2002 341 534 200.00
2 Shahid Afridi PAK 1996 2015 2005.5 372 395 147.94
3 A Kumble IND 1990 2007 1998.5 265 337 126.22
4 ST Jayasuriya SL 1990 2011 2000.5 368 323 120.97
5 DL Vettori NZ 1997 2015 2006 277 305 114.23
6 SK Warne AUS 1993 2005 1999 191 293 109.74
7 Saqlain Mushtaq PAK 1995 2003 1999 165 288 107.87
8 Harbhajan Singh IND 1998 2015 2006.5 227 269 100.75
9 Saeed Ajmal PAK 2008 2015 2011.5 112 184 68.91
10 GB Hogg AUS 1996 2008 2002 113 156 58.43
11 Ajantha Mendis SL 2008 2015 2011.5 84 152 56.93
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Shakib Al Hasan BAN 2006 2022 2014 218 285 150.00
1 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 2006 2022 2014 218 285 150.00
2 Imran Tahir SA 2011 2019 2015 104 173 91.05
3 Kuldeep Yadav IND 2017 2022 2019.5 70 118 62.11
4 SP Narine WI 2011 2016 2013.5 65 92 48.42
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 Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Saqlain Mushtaq 165 6275 288 21.79 37.44 21.83 150.00
1 Saqlain Mushtaq 165 6275 288 21.79 37.44 21.83 150.00
2 Ajantha Mendis 84 3324 152 21.87 36.77 22.31 146.77
3 Saeed Ajmal 112 4182 184 22.73 38.03 22.41 146.07
4 Imran Tahir 104 4297 173 24.84 40.72 22.87 143.12
5 M Muralitharan 341 12326 534 23.08 37.66 22.99 142.43
6 SP Narine 65 2435 92 26.47 41.42 23.96 136.62
7 Kuldeep Yadav 70 3313 118 28.08 41.48 25.38 128.99
8 SK Warne 191 7541 293 25.74 36.75 26.26 124.65
9 Abdul Qadir 100 3442 132 26.08 36.45 26.83 122.03
10 GB Hogg 113 4188 156 26.85 37.17 27.08 120.88
11 VJ Marks 32 1135 44 25.80 34.57 27.98 116.99
12 JE Emburey 61 2346 76 30.87 40.22 28.78 113.74
13 A Kumble 265 10412 337 30.90 37.14 31.20 104.94
14 Shakib Al Hasan 218 8401 285 29.48 35.32 31.30 104.60
15 DL Vettori 277 9674 305 31.72 37.82 31.45 104.10
16 RA Harper 99 3431 100 34.31 37.38 34.42 95.11
17 Harbhajan Singh 227 8973 269 33.36 36.17 34.58 94.66
18 Shahid Afridi 372 13633 395 34.51 37.30 34.70 94.35
19 RJ Shastri 136 4650 129 36.05 37.70 35.86 91.30
20 ST Jayasuriya 368 11863 323 36.73 38.06 36.19 90.46

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Saeed Ajmal 88 3379 146 23.14 38.03 22.82 150.00
1 Saeed Ajmal 88 3379 146 23.14 38.03 22.82 150.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 142 5528 237 23.32 37.44 23.36 146.52
3 SP Narine 62 2311 87 26.56 41.42 24.05 142.35
4 M Muralitharan 279 10531 413 25.50 37.66 25.39 134.82
5 Kuldeep Yadav 49 2422 85 28.49 41.48 25.76 132.91
6 Ajantha Mendis 60 2576 102 25.25 36.77 25.76 132.89
7 SK Warne 174 6959 263 26.46 36.75 27.00 126.78
8 Abdul Qadir 98 3400 127 26.77 36.45 27.54 124.29
9 Imran Tahir 85 3600 120 30.00 40.72 27.63 123.91
10 VJ Marks 32 1135 44 25.80 34.57 27.98 122.34
11 JE Emburey 61 2346 76 30.87 40.22 28.78 118.93
12 GB Hogg 96 3662 124 29.53 37.17 29.79 114.90
13 A Kumble 226 9029 272 33.19 37.14 33.52 102.13
14 DL Vettori 244 8635 245 35.24 37.82 34.95 97.96
15 Harbhajan Singh 191 7753 226 34.31 36.17 35.57 96.25
16 RA Harper 96 3370 95 35.47 37.38 35.59 96.19
17 RJ Shastri 131 4520 126 35.87 37.70 35.68 95.93
18 ST Jayasuriya 320 10432 280 37.26 38.06 36.71 93.25
19 Shahid Afridi 301 11335 293 38.69 37.30 38.89 88.02
20 Shakib Al Hasan 124 5153 133 38.74 35.32 41.14 83.21
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 SP Narine 65 3540 2435 4.13 5.09 3.65 150.00
1 SP Narine 65 3540 2435 4.13 5.09 3.65 150.00
2 M Muralitharan 341 18811 12326 3.93 4.67 3.79 144.54
3 VJ Marks 32 1838 1135 3.71 4.39 3.80 144.09
4 Saeed Ajmal 112 6000 4182 4.18 4.89 3.85 142.22
5 DL Vettori 277 14060 9674 4.13 4.74 3.92 139.59
6 RA Harper 99 5175 3431 3.98 4.47 4.00 136.63
7 Imran Tahir 104 5541 4297 4.65 5.06 4.14 132.23
8 Harbhajan Singh 227 12479 8973 4.31 4.66 4.16 131.36
9 Abdul Qadir 100 5100 3442 4.05 4.37 4.17 131.32
10 Shakib Al Hasan 218 11351 8401 4.44 4.80 4.17 131.32
11 JE Emburey 61 3425 2346 4.11 4.43 4.18 130.91
12 Saqlain Mushtaq 165 8770 6275 4.29 4.60 4.20 130.21
13 SK Warne 191 10642 7541 4.25 4.55 4.20 130.12
14 A Kumble 265 14496 10412 4.31 4.57 4.24 128.95
15 RJ Shastri 136 6613 4650 4.22 4.42 4.29 127.44
16 GB Hogg 113 5564 4188 4.52 4.72 4.31 126.96
17 Shahid Afridi 372 17670 13633 4.63 4.73 4.40 124.28
18 Ajantha Mendis 84 4154 3324 4.80 4.85 4.45 122.91
19 ST Jayasuriya 368 14868 11863 4.79 4.67 4.61 118.60
20 Kuldeep Yadav 70 3823 3313 5.20 5.06 4.62 118.32

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS SP Narine 62 3360 2311 4.13 5.09 3.65 150.00
1 SP Narine 62 3360 2311 4.13 5.09 3.65 150.00
2 VJ Marks 32 1838 1135 3.71 4.39 3.80 144.08
3 M Muralitharan 279 15621 10531 4.04 4.67 3.89 140.47
4 Saeed Ajmal 88 4766 3379 4.25 4.89 3.91 139.81
5 DL Vettori 244 12357 8635 4.19 4.74 3.98 137.43
6 RA Harper 96 5007 3370 4.04 4.47 4.06 134.58
7 JE Emburey 61 3425 2346 4.11 4.43 4.18 130.90
8 Abdul Qadir 98 5001 3400 4.08 4.37 4.20 130.35
9 Imran Tahir 85 4553 3600 4.74 5.06 4.22 129.68
10 Saqlain Mushtaq 142 7650 5528 4.34 4.60 4.24 128.91
11 SK Warne 174 9709 6959 4.30 4.55 4.25 128.63
12 Harbhajan Singh 191 10528 7753 4.42 4.66 4.27 128.25
13 RJ Shastri 131 6395 4520 4.24 4.42 4.32 126.78
14 A Kumble 226 12351 9029 4.39 4.57 4.32 126.69
15 GB Hogg 96 4713 3662 4.66 4.72 4.45 122.98
16 Shakib Al Hasan 124 6464 5153 4.78 4.80 4.49 121.91
17 Shahid Afridi 301 14282 11335 4.76 4.73 4.53 120.81
18 ST Jayasuriya 320 12944 10432 4.84 4.67 4.66 117.41
19 Ajantha Mendis 60 3028 2576 5.10 4.85 4.73 115.60
20 Kuldeep Yadav 49 2687 2422 5.41 5.06 4.81 113.75
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 7 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BBW RAT
TS M Muralitharan 7/30 5/9 5/23 5/23 5/30 5/34 5/44 5.29 100.00
1 M Muralitharan 7/30 5/9 5/23 5/23 5/30 5/34 5/44 5.29 100.00
2 ST Jayasuriya 6/29 5/17 5/28 5/58 4/18 4/39 4/49 4.71 89.19
2 Shahid Afridi 6/38 5/23 5/35 5/40 4/20 4/30 4/34 4.71 89.19
4 Saqlain Mushtaq 5/20 5/29 5/44 5/45 4/17 4/17 4/26 4.57 86.49
5 A Kumble 6/12 5/33 4/12 4/25 4/40 4/40 4/50 4.43 83.78
6 SP Narine 6/27 5/27 4/26 4/27 4/37 4/40 3/13 4.29 81.08
6 Saeed Ajmal 5/24 5/43 4/30 4/32 4/33 4/39 4/58 4.29 81.08
8 Kuldeep Yadav 6/25 4/18 4/23 4/39 4/45 4/57 3/20 4.14 78.38
8 SK Warne 5/33 4/19 4/25 4/29 4/33 4/34 4/36 4.14 78.38
8 Ajantha Mendis 6/13 4/10 4/47 4/51 4/60 4/73 3/21 4.14 78.38
8 Abdul Qadir 5/44 5/53 4/9 4/17 4/21 4/31 3/23 4.14 78.38
12 DL Vettori 5/30 4/14 4/20 4/24 4/24 4/33 3/17 4.00 75.68
12 Harbhajan Singh 5/31 5/43 5/56 4/46 3/27 3/27 3/27 4.00 75.68
14 GB Hogg 5/32 5/41 4/29 4/49 3/32 3/37 3/40 3.86 72.97
15 RJ Shastri 5/15 4/38 4/40 3/24 3/26 3/30 3/30 3.57 67.57
15 Imran Tahir 4/26 4/27 4/38 4/53 3/26 3/26 3/45 3.57 67.57
17 RA Harper 4/40 4/46 4/47 3/31 3/34 3/34 3/38 3.43 64.86
17 Shakib Al Hasan 4/33 4/41 4/55 3/27 3/32 3/33 3/47 3.43 64.86
19 VJ Marks 5/20 5/39 3/30 3/35 3/50 2/12 2/18 3.29 62.16
19 JE Emburey 4/37 4/39 3/17 3/26 3/31 3/35 3/38 3.29 62.16
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 10.0/9 6.0/6 9.0/11 8.0/12 1.05 100.00
1 M Muralitharan 10.0/9 10.0/9 6.0/6 9.0/11 8.0/12 1.05 100.00
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 7.0/9 9.0/13 8.0/12 8.0/13 9.0/17 1.53 68.88
3 Saeed Ajmal 7.0/6 8.0/15 10.0/19 10.0/20 10.0/20 1.64 64.35
4 DL Vettori 5.2/7 10.0/14 9.0/18 10.0/20 10.0/20 1.69 62.20
5 Abdul Qadir 10.0/9 12.0/21 7.2/13 10.0/19 6.0/13 1.70 61.83
6 SK Warne 10.0/11 10.0/18 10.0/19 10.0/19 10.0/21 1.74 60.46
7 RJ Shastri 9.3/14 10.0/17 10.0/17 7.0/13 5.0/10 1.74 60.45
8 RA Harper 9.0/8 10.0/15 10.0/18 10.0/22 9.0/21 1.76 59.74
9 A Kumble 9.0/11 7.0/12 6.1/12 8.0/17 7.0/15 1.77 59.30
10 JE Emburey 11.0/15 10.0/19 8.3/17 10.0/20 10.0/22 1.91 55.08
11 SP Narine 7.0/13 10.0/20 10.0/21 10.0/24 10.0/25 1.94 54.34
12 ST Jayasuriya 7.0/12 5.0/9 6.2/13 8.0/17 10.0/23 1.96 53.62
13 Harbhajan Singh 10.0/14 8.0/14 10.0/23 8.0/19 10.0/24 1.97 53.35
14 Ajantha Mendis 8.0/13 7.0/14 10.0/22 9.0/21 6.1/18 2.03 51.81
15 Imran Tahir 10.0/14 9.2/21 10.0/26 10.0/26 10.0/28 2.07 50.77
16 Shakib Al Hasan 10.0/20 10.0/21 10.0/22 5.0/12 10.0/25 2.08 50.48
17 Shahid Afridi 7.2/15 10.0/21 10.0/24 8.0/21 8.0/22 2.26 46.56
18 VJ Marks 6.0/12 10.0/20 10.0/25 10.0/27 10.0/27 2.47 42.56
19 GB Hogg 10.0/24 6.3/16 10.0/27 10.0/28 6.0/17 2.51 41.85
20 Kuldeep Yadav 10.0/25 9.0/23 6.0/20 10.0/34 10.0/34 2.69 39.16

PRIMARY RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 1,000.00 points. The Primary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is half of the Overall Rating, i.e. 500 pts.

RANK BOWLER PRO CONS C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE RAT PRI PTS
1 M Muralitharan 200.00 142.43 134.82 144.54 140.47 100.00 100.00 962.25 481.13
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 107.87 150.00 146.52 130.21 128.91 86.49 68.88 818.87 409.43
3 Saeed Ajmal 68.91 146.07 150.00 142.22 139.81 81.08 64.35 792.45 396.23
4 Abdul Qadir 120.00 122.03 124.29 131.32 130.35 78.38 61.83 768.21 384.11
5 SP Narine 48.42 136.62 142.35 150.00 150.00 81.08 54.34 762.81 381.40
6 SK Warne 109.74 124.65 126.78 130.12 128.63 78.38 60.46 758.75 379.37
7 Imran Tahir 91.05 143.12 123.91 132.23 129.68 67.57 50.77 738.33 369.16
8 A Kumble 126.22 104.94 102.13 128.95 126.69 83.78 59.30 732.01 366.00
9 DL Vettori 114.23 104.10 97.96 139.59 137.43 75.68 62.20 731.18 365.59
10 Shahid Afridi 147.94 94.35 88.02 124.28 120.81 89.19 46.56 711.15 355.58
11 Shakib Al Hasan 150.00 104.60 83.21 131.32 121.91 64.86 50.48 706.38 353.19
12 Ajantha Mendis 56.93 146.77 132.89 122.91 115.60 78.38 51.81 705.28 352.64
13 RJ Shastri 117.27 91.30 95.93 127.44 126.78 67.57 60.45 686.75 343.37
14 ST Jayasuriya 120.97 90.46 93.25 118.60 117.41 89.19 53.62 683.51 341.76
15 JE Emburey 69.09 113.74 118.93 130.91 130.90 62.16 55.08 680.81 340.40
16 Harbhajan Singh 100.75 94.66 96.25 131.36 128.25 75.68 53.35 680.30 340.15
17 RA Harper 90.91 95.11 96.19 136.63 134.58 64.86 59.74 678.03 339.01
18 Kuldeep Yadav 62.11 128.99 132.91 118.32 113.75 78.38 39.16 673.61 336.81
19 VJ Marks 40.00 116.99 122.34 144.09 144.08 62.16 42.56 672.21 336.11
20 GB Hogg 58.43 120.88 114.90 126.96 122.98 72.97 41.85 658.97 329.48

CONDITIONS CRITERIA

The Conditions

The Conditions Ratings are calculated by applying the four criteria of the Primary Rating to diffirent conditions. Here are those conditions and their weightage. Unfavourable Conditions (UC) is Outside Asia for spin bowlers and In Asia for pacers. Favourable Conditions (FC) is the opposite. Click on the Ratings to see how they were calculated.

  • HOME – 250 PTS
  • AWAY – 1,000 PTS
  • FC – 250 PTS
  • UC – 1,000 PTS

HOME/AWAY


At Home

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 SP Narine 34 57 21.32 3.81 857.00 214.25
2 M Muralitharan 105 154 24.63 3.86 854.45 213.61
3 Shakib Al Hasan 108 163 23.13 4.01 796.52 199.13
4 Saqlain Mushtaq 63 115 21.27 4.31 794.46 198.61
5 SK Warne 83 134 24.40 4.17 788.46 197.12
6 Saeed Ajmal 39 67 21.97 4.06 766.65 191.66
7 ST Jayasuriya 109 119 28.31 4.45 754.31 188.58
8 DL Vettori 120 129 31.57 4.06 748.79 187.20
9 Shahid Afridi 143 167 32.18 4.56 741.11 185.28
10 Abdul Qadir 49 58 27.59 3.84 723.68 180.92
11 A Kumble 89 126 28.94 4.45 718.69 179.67
12 Imran Tahir 40 68 24.44 4.65 699.02 174.76
13 Ajantha Mendis 40 67 24.10 4.79 687.25 171.81
14 Harbhajan Singh 94 110 35.48 4.46 660.86 165.22
15 RA Harper 23 30 26.53 3.97 636.10 159.02
16 GB Hogg 41 57 28.61 4.57 620.29 155.07
17 RJ Shastri 50 52 34.15 4.57 617.55 154.39
18 JE Emburey 14 17 32.00 3.82 582.78 145.69
19 Kuldeep Yadav 27 44 33.00 5.91 560.28 140.07
20 VJ Marks 9 15 23.27 3.49 500.00 125.00

Away From Home

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 M Muralitharan 236 380 22.46 3.96 942.32 942.32
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 102 173 22.13 4.28 779.58 779.58
3 Saeed Ajmal 73 117 23.16 4.25 739.28 739.28
4 Imran Tahir 64 105 25.10 4.65 725.03 725.03
5 Abdul Qadir 51 74 24.89 4.25 712.70 712.70
6 Kuldeep Yadav 43 74 25.15 4.75 706.52 706.52
7 SK Warne 108 159 26.86 4.32 703.60 703.60
8 A Kumble 176 211 32.07 4.24 687.37 687.37
9 DL Vettori 157 176 31.82 4.18 683.52 683.52
10 JE Emburey 47 59 30.54 4.21 663.83 663.83
11 RJ Shastri 86 77 37.32 4.03 662.39 662.39
12 Harbhajan Singh 133 159 31.89 4.21 655.29 655.29
13 Shahid Afridi 229 228 36.22 4.67 648.77 648.77
14 Ajantha Mendis 44 85 20.11 4.81 645.65 645.65
15 GB Hogg 72 99 25.83 4.48 636.08 636.08
16 RA Harper 76 70 37.64 3.98 633.70 633.70
17 VJ Marks 23 29 27.10 3.81 616.90 616.90
18 SP Narine 31 35 34.86 4.50 602.41 602.41
19 Shakib Al Hasan 110 122 37.95 4.87 602.25 602.25
20 ST Jayasuriya 259 204 41.64 4.94 602.20 602.20

FAVOURABLE/UNFAVOURABLE CONDITIONS


Favourable Conditions Rating

Non Asians In Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 DL Vettori 64 77 29.56 4.07 879.08 219.77
2 Imran Tahir 20 38 21.58 4.73 826.82 206.71
3 SK Warne 41 56 29.45 4.36 777.31 194.33
4 RA Harper 46 42 38.24 3.88 745.20 186.30
5 GB Hogg 27 38 24.68 4.38 740.29 185.07
6 SP Narine 17 21 31.38 4.35 703.08 175.77
7 JE Emburey 18 19 34.58 4.15 635.41 158.85
8 VJ Marks 6 7 31.29 4.38 500.00 125.00

Asians In Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 M Muralitharan 206 319 22.89 3.83 962.19 240.55
2 Saeed Ajmal 69 116 21.94 4.07 810.93 202.73
3 Saqlain Mushtaq 87 167 20.58 4.36 795.08 198.77
4 Abdul Qadir 70 98 24.30 4.04 770.43 192.61
5 Shakib Al Hasan 128 185 24.92 4.15 756.11 189.03
6 Ajantha Mendis 61 114 21.21 4.80 744.94 186.24
7 A Kumble 171 222 30.88 4.38 730.84 182.71
8 ST Jayasuriya 234 225 33.92 4.67 725.31 181.33
9 Shahid Afridi 226 249 34.01 4.64 711.02 177.76
10 Harbhajan Singh 150 189 31.91 4.35 706.19 176.55
11 RJ Shastri 88 84 36.37 4.38 658.25 164.56
12 Kuldeep Yadav 37 59 31.58 5.46 600.74 150.18

Unfavourable Conditions Rating

Non Asians Outside Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 SK Warne 150 237 24.86 4.22 903.59 903.59
2 SP Narine 48 71 25.01 4.05 871.31 871.31
3 DL Vettori 213 228 32.45 4.15 841.48 841.48
4 Imran Tahir 84 135 25.76 4.63 828.30 828.30
5 VJ Marks 26 37 24.76 3.57 747.25 747.25
6 JE Emburey 43 57 29.63 4.09 741.31 741.31
7 GB Hogg 86 118 27.54 4.56 720.92 720.92
8 RA Harper 53 58 31.47 4.07 709.96 709.96

Asians Outside Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 M Muralitharan 135 215 23.37 4.10 924.57 924.57
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 78 121 23.45 4.21 852.01 852.01
3 Kuldeep Yadav 33 59 24.58 4.90 772.85 772.85
4 Abdul Qadir 30 34 31.21 4.07 735.88 735.88
5 RJ Shastri 48 45 35.44 3.94 734.38 734.38
6 A Kumble 94 115 30.92 4.19 730.73 730.73
7 Saeed Ajmal 43 68 24.07 4.37 709.07 709.07
8 Shahid Afridi 146 146 35.37 4.61 707.05 707.05
9 Shakib Al Hasan 90 100 37.91 4.86 660.36 660.36
10 Harbhajan Singh 77 80 36.78 4.25 633.79 633.79
11 ST Jayasuriya 134 98 43.16 5.01 596.21 596.21
12 Ajantha Mendis 23 38 23.84 4.80 560.79 560.79

CONDITIONS RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 2,500.00 points. The Conditions Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is one-fourth of the Overall Rating, i.e. 250 pts.

RANK BATSMAN AWAY HOME UC FC TOT CON PTS
1 M Muralitharan 942.32 213.61 924.57 240.55 2,321.05 232.10
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 779.58 198.61 852.01 198.77 2,028.97 202.90
3 SK Warne 703.60 197.12 903.59 194.33 1,998.63 199.86
4 Imran Tahir 725.03 174.76 828.30 206.71 1,934.79 193.48
5 DL Vettori 683.52 187.20 841.48 219.77 1,931.96 193.20
6 SP Narine 602.41 214.25 871.31 175.77 1,863.75 186.37
7 Saeed Ajmal 739.28 191.66 709.07 202.73 1,842.75 184.27
8 Abdul Qadir 712.70 180.92 735.88 192.61 1,822.11 182.21
9 A Kumble 687.37 179.67 730.73 182.71 1,780.48 178.05
10 Kuldeep Yadav 706.52 140.07 772.85 150.18 1,769.62 176.96
11 Shahid Afridi 648.77 185.28 707.05 177.76 1,718.86 171.89
12 RJ Shastri 662.39 154.39 734.38 164.56 1,715.72 171.57
13 JE Emburey 663.83 145.69 741.31 158.85 1,709.69 170.97
14 GB Hogg 636.08 155.07 720.92 185.07 1,697.14 169.71
15 RA Harper 633.70 159.02 709.96 186.30 1,688.99 168.90
16 Shakib Al Hasan 602.25 199.13 660.36 189.03 1,650.77 165.08
17 Harbhajan Singh 655.29 165.22 633.79 176.55 1,630.85 163.08
18 VJ Marks 616.90 125.00 747.25 125.00 1,614.15 161.41
19 ST Jayasuriya 602.20 188.58 596.21 181.33 1,568.32 156.83
20 Ajantha Mendis 645.65 171.81 560.79 186.24 1,564.48 156.45

SECONDARY CRITERIA

Top Form And World Cup

The Secondary Rating consists of three parts. Top Form is calculated by taking the best 30 consecutive innings of a bowlers such that his overall points are maximum. Top Form is calculated seperately for Home and Away innings. World Cup Rating gives points for performances in World Cups. To see how the ratings were calculated, click on the Rating. The three secondary criteria and thier weightage is as follows:-

  • TOP FORM AT HOME – 500 PTS
  • TOP FORM AWAY – 1,000 PTS
  • WORLD CUP – 1,000 PTS

TOP FORM AT HOME


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 M Muralitharan 30 64 13.38 3.07 972.46 486.23
2 SP Narine 30 53 19.57 3.72 880.55 440.27
3 Saqlain Mushtaq 30 69 16.20 4.08 824.19 412.09
4 SK Warne 30 62 17.35 3.78 818.29 409.15
5 Saeed Ajmal 30 60 19.40 4.15 798.04 399.02
6 Abdul Qadir 30 43 22.88 3.68 732.74 366.37
7 DL Vettori 30 45 20.73 3.67 732.65 366.32
8 Shakib Al Hasan 30 51 19.51 3.58 731.19 365.60
9 A Kumble 30 57 20.00 4.05 718.25 359.13
10 Imran Tahir 30 50 24.72 4.60 692.33 346.16
11 Ajantha Mendis 30 50 23.24 4.38 688.92 344.46
12 Shahid Afridi 30 51 24.94 4.44 666.41 333.20
13 ST Jayasuriya 30 42 24.50 4.44 661.54 330.77
14 RJ Shastri 30 41 27.07 4.24 651.50 325.75
15 RA Harper 23 30 26.53 3.97 622.46 311.23
16 GB Hogg 30 44 26.80 4.41 621.21 310.60
17 Harbhajan Singh 30 37 31.24 3.99 599.47 299.74
18 Kuldeep Yadav 27 44 33.00 5.91 558.43 279.22
19 JE Emburey 14 17 32.00 3.82 550.31 275.15
20 VJ Marks 9 15 23.27 3.49 500.00 250.00

TOP FORM AWAY


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 M Muralitharan 30 59 14.90 3.15 955.20 955.20
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 30 67 16.27 4.03 866.89 866.89
3 Kuldeep Yadav 30 60 20.47 4.49 812.88 812.88
4 Saeed Ajmal 30 52 18.83 3.75 806.52 806.52
5 Imran Tahir 30 59 19.64 4.26 790.31 790.31
6 DL Vettori 30 54 17.80 3.97 782.64 782.64
7 Abdul Qadir 30 54 21.20 4.17 736.43 736.43
8 Ajantha Mendis 30 59 17.17 4.35 733.50 733.50
9 RJ Shastri 30 36 24.11 3.42 725.68 725.68
10 SK Warne 30 51 22.22 4.13 710.90 710.90
11 GB Hogg 30 51 18.02 4.31 709.48 709.48
12 JE Emburey 30 48 24.71 4.30 699.94 699.94
13 A Kumble 30 51 22.37 4.14 692.62 692.62
14 Harbhajan Singh 30 42 26.07 3.84 654.56 654.56
15 Shahid Afridi 30 43 25.16 4.19 623.77 623.77
16 VJ Marks 23 29 27.10 3.81 614.77 614.77
17 SP Narine 30 34 34.50 4.49 603.54 603.54
18 ST Jayasuriya 30 38 29.97 4.90 595.35 595.35
19 Shakib Al Hasan 30 39 32.62 4.83 557.28 557.28
20 RA Harper 30 28 34.71 4.05 543.80 543.80

WORLD CUP


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 M Muralitharan 39 68 19.63 3.89 915.93 915.93
2 Abdul Qadir 13 24 21.08 3.73 847.37 847.37
3 Imran Tahir 21 40 21.18 4.42 810.61 810.61
4 VJ Marks 7 13 18.92 3.15 801.91 801.91
5 GB Hogg 20 34 19.24 4.13 800.61 800.61
6 SK Warne 17 32 19.50 3.83 798.48 798.48
7 RA Harper 14 18 27.11 3.70 685.48 685.48
8 A Kumble 18 31 22.84 4.09 681.04 681.04
9 Saqlain Mushtaq 14 23 21.48 4.40 680.95 680.95
10 DL Vettori 31 36 32.44 4.15 620.05 620.05
11 Shahid Afridi 24 30 27.70 4.52 610.69 610.69
12 Shakib Al Hasan 29 34 35.94 5.12 585.40 585.40
13 ST Jayasuriya 31 27 39.26 4.84 583.40 583.40
14 RJ Shastri 12 12 32.42 4.21 569.93 569.93
15 Harbhajan Singh 20 20 40.40 4.20 551.15 551.15
16 JE Emburey 8 6 49.17 3.73 520.52 520.52
17 SP Narine 0 0 NA 100.00 500.00 500.00
17 Ajantha Mendis 5 7 19.14 3.14 500.00 500.00
17 Saeed Ajmal 3 5 18.60 3.58 500.00 500.00
20 Kuldeep Yadav 7 6 56.17 5.03 425.49 425.49

SECONDARY RATING


The total of the above three criteria comes out to be 2,500.00 points. The Conditions Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the three criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is one-fourth of the Overall Rating, i.e. 250 pts.

RANK BATSMAN TF HM TF AW WC TOT SEC RAT
1 M Muralitharan 486.23 955.20 915.93 2,357.37 235.74
2 Saqlain Mushtaq 412.09 866.89 680.95 1,959.93 195.99
3 Abdul Qadir 366.37 736.43 847.37 1,950.17 195.02
4 Imran Tahir 346.16 790.31 810.61 1,947.08 194.71
5 SK Warne 409.15 710.90 798.48 1,918.53 191.85
6 GB Hogg 310.60 709.48 800.61 1,820.70 182.07
7 DL Vettori 366.32 782.64 620.05 1,769.02 176.90
8 A Kumble 359.13 692.62 681.04 1,732.79 173.28
9 Saeed Ajmal 399.02 806.52 500.00 1,705.54 170.55
10 VJ Marks 250.00 614.77 801.91 1,666.69 166.67
11 RJ Shastri 325.75 725.68 569.93 1,621.37 162.14
12 Ajantha Mendis 344.46 733.50 500.00 1,577.96 157.80
13 Shahid Afridi 333.20 623.77 610.69 1,567.66 156.77
14 SP Narine 440.27 603.54 500.00 1,543.82 154.38
15 RA Harper 311.23 543.80 685.48 1,540.51 154.05
16 Kuldeep Yadav 279.22 812.88 425.49 1,517.58 151.76
17 ST Jayasuriya 330.77 595.35 583.40 1,509.52 150.95
18 Shakib Al Hasan 365.60 557.28 585.40 1,508.28 150.83
19 Harbhajan Singh 299.74 654.56 551.15 1,505.45 150.54
20 JE Emburey 275.15 699.94 520.52 1,495.61 149.56

FINAL RATING

Final Rating

The Final Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000 Pts. Half the points are for Primary Criteria; one-fourth for Conditions; and one-fourth for Secondary Criteria.

RANK BATSMAN NAT PRI RAT CON RAT SEC RAT FIN RAT
1 M Muralitharan SL 481.13 232.10 235.74 948.97
2 Saqlain Mushtaq PAK 409.43 202.90 195.99 808.33
3 SK Warne AUS 379.37 199.86 191.85 771.09
4 Abdul Qadir PAK 384.11 182.21 195.02 761.33
5 Imran Tahir SA 369.16 193.48 194.71 757.35
6 Saeed Ajmal PAK 396.23 184.27 170.55 751.05
7 DL Vettori NZ 365.59 193.20 176.90 735.69
8 SP Narine WI 381.40 186.37 154.38 722.16
9 A Kumble IND 366.00 178.05 173.28 717.33
10 Shahid Afridi PAK 355.58 171.89 156.77 684.23
11 GB Hogg AUS 329.48 169.71 182.07 681.27
12 RJ Shastri IND 343.37 171.57 162.14 677.08
13 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 353.19 165.08 150.83 669.09
14 Ajantha Mendis SL 352.64 156.45 157.80 666.89
15 Kuldeep Yadav IND 336.81 176.96 151.76 665.53
16 VJ Marks ENG 336.11 161.41 166.67 664.19
17 RA Harper WI 339.01 168.90 154.05 661.96
18 JE Emburey ENG 340.40 170.97 149.56 660.93
19 Harbhajan Singh IND 340.15 163.08 150.54 653.78
20 ST Jayasuriya SL 341.76 156.83 150.95 649.54

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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