With the World Cup being staged in Australia and New Zealand, the focal point of each team is the pacemen who are expected to dominate on the pacy and bouncy pitches which offer little help for the spin bowlers. The role of the spinners outside the sub-continent in the past was to go through their overs quickly and economically. But with the passage of time and introduction of twenty20 cricket, spinners have become necessary attacking and containing options in every country in the limited overs format. ES provides you a list of players who can spin a web around the opposition batsmen in this world cup-
1. IMRAN TAHIR (SOUTH AFRICA)
Imran Tahir, the pakistan origin leg break bowler has been making headlines ever since his debut in 2011. The 35 year old’s career has been a roller coaster with as many highs as lows. But as he has progressed in his international career South Africa seems to have finally found that one missing link that could propel them to the podium this time.
The leggie has an impressive one day record 55 wickets in 30 matches at an impressive average of just above 20 and an economic rate of 4.39 which is great in the present one day scenario.
He is not a conventional leg spinner and doesn’t turn the ball much. His biggest strength is his ability to take wickets in the middle phase of opposition innings, with his free-spirited mixture of the conventional and prodigious use of wrong and straight ones. He can also provide breakthroughs at the back end of the innings when batsmen are looking to hit him out of the park.
He was the highest wicket taker in 2014 T20 world cup with 12 wickets and was the T20 cricketer of the year for south Africa in 2013. In him the South Africa has finally solved the problem of a genuine slow bowler that has eluded them for decades.