World Test 11: Throw Your Hat In The Ring For The Spinner

Dann KhanAnalyst IApril 14, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA OCTOBER 15:   Former Australia spin bowler Shane Warne has a plaster mould made for the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy at Cricket Australia Headquarters October 15, 2007 Melbourne, Australia. The Warne-Muralitharan Trophy has been created for Test Series' between Australia and Sri Lanka. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

The wicket keeper Batsmen that was chosen by popular vote was Adam Gilchrist

After we got done with the batsmen though, a small problem arose.

How do we pick the others?

What if we end up picking four fast bowlers or four spin bowlers according to their batting positions in the team?

So this is the plan we will go by.

Choosing one spinner. Then conducting two surveys for the first and the second fast bowlers and then choose the final spot. The 'Final Spot' list will comprise of both fast and slow bowlers. This will be done to allow the readers to have a chance in choosing a side with 3 fast bowlers and a spinner, or 2 of each kind.

The responsibility to allot the chosen candidates batting positions would be mine.

A 12th man would be chosen. But so that our list does not get too boring, we will not trouble you with a list for the that position.

So let's see who ends up as the tweakiest of the tweakers

Muttiah Muralitharan(Off Spinner) is one of the main contenders for the position. More wickets than anyone else in test cricket is proof of that.

His Doosra has also got variations. Just shows you how many kinds of balls he has.

No one particular spell is his best, almost all his spells are brilliant.

In the modern day cricket, when fast bowling is becoming more and more the center of attention, he is the spearhead of the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Give this guy any pitch and see him perform his magic.

Currently on 770 wickets, this man has the maximum five wicket hauls(over fifty) and ten wicket mauls in the game of cricket. He has also got a fantastic average and a great strike rate to go with it.

At 37 he still bamboozles the batsmen. He is also a fairly good fielder. The Sri Lankan also has plans to go on till the next world cup. That just shows you how much he trust himself and how good his fitness is. Ave(Bowl)- 22 Strike Rate- 54

Shane Warne(Leg Spinner) ended his career when he was the highest wicket taker though later replaced by Muralitharan). 

This cocky cricketer who is an absolute magician with the cricket ball can turn the ball from well outside of stump to leg stump or vise-versa. His top spinners were not easier to play either.

He spells during Ashes 2005 in particular were brilliant. He really did not deserve to be on the losing side during those encounters.

He is also a very capable batsmen and has over 200 runs with his highest score being an unfortunate 99. He can score a a fairly quick rate too. So you have a very useful pinch-hitter in him

He will also be a good choice for captain. The proof of that is his brilliant captaincy for Hamshire and the Rajastan Royals. I really doubt if he will not be able to take up the in this team. Ave- 25  S.R.-57 wickets- 708

Anil Kumble(Leg Spinner) will be remembered by all. Not because of his ability to turn the ball like Murali or Warney, but because of his genius which allowed him to form his own bowling style.

Kumble was a spinner who beat the batsmen for pace and often hit his pads or the wicket itself. Batsmen hardly found time to read him and thus, gout out.

But the great thing was the fact that as he went on, he kept on adding variations and became one of the most lethal bowlers. He is also a tremendous trier and never accepted defeat.

His feat of ten wickets in an innings at Kotla in 1999 was quite brilliant. He became only the second person after Jim Laker(Eng) to do so.

He was also a good captain and captained India admirably in Australia when a lot of activity of the field was going on. So you know this brave warrior is also a good tactician.

The player has also scored some very useful runs for India. His 110* at Trent Bridge is etched in everyone's memories. Ave-29 S.R.- 65Wickets- 619

Harbhajan Singh(Off Spinner) is the last on this list.

Over the years the Offie has become India's main bowler in ODI's and now with Kumble's departure, also in tests.

He is not an orthodox bowler either. But still manages significant turn when he wants to along with flight.

His bowling at the Eden Gardens match against the Aussies(More famous for Laxman's 281) was top class. He also had a Hat-Trick in that match.

With Harbhajan you also find a useful lower order contributor. Recently his performance with the bat beginning from last year till date proves that.

As many of you might later on say that Bhajji should not be included in this list when the big three spinners but still let me tell you that he is the youngest and also a person who is learning constantly. So do not rule him out. Ave-30 S.R-64 Wickets- 330

My Pick- Shane Warne. Can bowl brilliantly and can bat well too. Kumble, due to his batting would be a close second

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