Top 25 Test Spin Bowlers With Best Strike Rates

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.

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2022-06-21

Best Strike Rates

The first list simply gives you the bowlers with best strike rates in Test Cricket since 1950. The second list gives you the bowlers with best Relative Strike Rates (R SR). How it is calculated is explained in the highlighted sections. Only bowlers with more than 100 wickets are considered for both lists.

TOP 25 Spinners WITH BEST STRIKE RATES IN TEST CRICKET


RANKBOWLERNATFPLPINNSRUNSWKTSSR
1R AshwinIND201120221621066644252.23
2SCG MacGillAUS1998200885603820854.02
3M MuralitharanSL199220102301818080055.05
4SK WarneAUS199220072731799570857.49
5Yasir ShahPAK2014202185730623558.29
6KA MaharajSA2016202276460115058.74
7HMRKB HerathSL199920181701215743360.03
8GP SwannENG20082013109764225560.19
9RA JadejaIND20122022112591524260.44
10MM AliENG20142021112714919560.79
11Shakib Al HasanBAN20072022105700322563.55
12Saeed AjmalPAK2009201467500317865.12
13Taijul IslamBAN2014202266522815865.21
14Mehidy Hasan MirazBAN2016202258452013265.42
15NM LyonAUS201120222041373242765.53
16BS ChandrasekharIND1964197997719924265.96
17A KumbleIND199020082361835561966.00
18PR AdamsSA1995200476440513466.04
19MDK PereraSL2014202178578016167.11
20PP OjhaIND2009201348342011367.55
21Saqlain MushtaqPAK1995200486620620867.64
22Mushtaq AhmedPAK1990200389610018567.74
23Danish KaneriaPAK20002010112908226167.80
24Harbhajan SinghIND199820151901353741768.54
25D BishooWI2011201859435011768.95
C SR

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

  • First is the SR of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the SR of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The SR of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C SR 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 SR means the opposite.
R SR

The Relative Strike Rate (R SR) is calculated using the C SR. Its formula is (Bowler SR/C SR)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C SR is comparatively high, your R SR 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 2000s
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.
  • Bowlers from the earlier era benefit from R SR.
  • This is because more balls were taken to get a Wkt back then as batsmen had better defensive technique.

TOP 25 Spinners WITH BEST R SR IN TEST CRICKET


RANKBOWLERNATFPLPINNSRUNSWKTSSRR SR
1SCG MacGillAUS1998200885603820854.0255.89
2SK WarneAUS199220072731799570857.4956.34
3B YardleyAUS1978198358398612670.7158.42
4M MuralitharanSL199220102301818080055.0559.78
5KA MaharajSA2016202276460115058.7460.08
6BS ChandrasekharIND1964197997719924265.9660.94
7R AshwinIND201120221621066644252.2363.07
8GP SwannENG20082013109764225560.1963.07
9PR AdamsSA1995200476440513466.0463.37
10MM AliENG20142021112714919560.7964.30
11DL UnderwoodENG19661982151767429773.6164.43
12AA MallettAUS1968198071394013275.6865.27
13Abdul QadirPAK19771990111774223672.5765.69
14JG BracewellNZ1980199067365310282.3866.18
15Mushtaq AhmedPAK1990200389610018567.7466.92
16Yasir ShahPAK2014202185730623558.2967.35
17GAR LockENG1952196888445117475.5667.69
18HMRKB HerathSL199920181701215743360.0368.75
19NM LyonAUS201120222041373242765.5368.78
20A KumbleIND199020082361835561966.0069.43
21Iqbal QasimPAK1976198886480717176.1369.88
22R BenaudAUS19521964116670424877.0570.17
23EAS PrasannaIND1962197886574218975.9470.18
24SP GupteIND1951196161440314975.7371.08
25Saqlain MushtaqPAK1995200486620620867.6471.49

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