Recently there was a discussion on who was the best leg-spinner.
A lot of statistics were quoted and while the statistics serve a
usefull purpose one must not forget the importance of playing
conditions which must be considered along with statistics.
Let me give an example. Consider Warne and Kumble. On a spinning
wicket Warne will probably be a more sucessful bowler but on a wicket
that gives absolutely no help to the spinner and does not have a
good bounce(but is somewhat helpful to the medium pacer) Kumble might
Also in test matches where usually the wicket does not turn early on
(even if it is a turning wicket) Kumble may be a better bowler in the
first innings and Warne in the second.
Also Kumble might be better with a comparitively newer ball than Warne.
Another thing is the ability of the opposing batsmen to play spin. If
they are good at playing orthodox legspin Kumble might be better due to
his unorthodoxy. However, if the batsmen do not have the experience of
playing good spin bowling Warne would be the better choice.
If one were to pick one of these two on statistics alone Warne wins
A note on Mushtaq: He has the ability to spin the ball a lot but he
tries to do too much with the ball which at times leads to giving away
too many runs. He needs to think through his bowling more.