BEST SPINNER IN THE WORLD

BEST SPINNER IN THE WORLD

Post by Nabee » Wed, 17 Dec 1997 04:00:00

I was checking some statistics and was amazed by the performace of
Saqlain Mushtaq. I'd not been paying much attention to his stats and I
think it's due to the fact that his performance has been overshadowed by
the presence of Pakistani bowling giants like Waqar Younis & Wasim
Akram. Pakistan has right now more than it's share of good bowlers. If a
bowler like Aaqib Javed is made redundant in any team, its proof enough.
The stats are from cricinfo.

Wasim Akram          12254  157  7759 341  22.75  5-15  14  5  3.79 PAK
Waqar Younis          8069   92  6055 273  22.17  6-26  11  9  4.50 PAK
N Kapil Dev          11202  235  6945 253  27.45  5-43   3  1  3.71 IND
CJ McDermott          7461  101  5018 203  24.71  5-44   4  1  4.03 AUS
CEL Ambrose           7913  169  4622 201  22.99  5-17   6  4  3.50 WI
CA Walsh              9555  156  6141 201  30.55  5-1    5  1  3.85 WI
Imran Khan            7461  123  4845 182  26.62  6-14   3  1  3.89 PAK
A Kumble              6859   53  4697 172  27.30  6-12   5  2  4.10 IND
SR Waugh              7860   55  5877 172  34.16  4-33   2  -  4.48 AUS
Aaqib Javed           7509   94  5334 170  31.37  7-37   2  4  4.26 PAK
J Srinath             6500   76  4657 162  28.74  5-24   2  2  4.29 IND
RJ Hadlee             6182  185  3407 158  21.56  5-25   1  5  3.30 NZ
M Prabhakar           6360   76  4534 157  28.87  5-33   4  2  4.27 IND
MD Marshall           7175  122  4233 157  26.96  4-18   6  -  3.53 WI
AA Donald             5076   62  3447 155  22.23  6-23   5  2  4.07 RSA
J Garner              5330  141  2752 146  18.84  5-31   2  3  3.09 WI
IT Botham             6271  109  4139 145  28.54  4-31   3  -  3.96 ENG
Saqlain Mushtaq       3859   32  2736 142  19.26  5-29   6  4  4.25 PAK
MA Holding            5473   99  3034 142  21.36  5-26   5  1  3.32 WI
Mushtaq Ahmed         6491   43  4681 141  33.19  5-36   2  1  4.32 PAK
EJ Chatfield          6065  155  3618 140  25.84  5-34   3  1  3.57 NZ
CL Hooper             6527   32  4723 138  34.22  4-34   1  -  4.34 WI
SK Warne              4440   44  2976 132  22.54  5-33   9  1  4.02 AUS

The most important point to note is that he has only captured 142
victims in 3800 or so balls. Nobody in that range of wickets is anywhere
close to it. All of them have taken their wickets in around 4500 or more
balls except Warne.
Also, Saqlain's performance is on the increase whereas Warne is well
past his peak.
Any comments
Nabeel