So who are the top spinners you need to watch out for in this edition of the World Cup?
1. Kuldeep Yadav (India)
India’s chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav, has been a standout performer in ODIs this year. With an array of variations and a knack for foxing batsmen with flighted deliveries, Yadav has emerged as a reliable option for captain Rohit Sharma. He boasts the title of the highest Indian wicket-taker in 2023, having claimed 33 wickets in just 17 matches, including a stellar performance of 5/25.
2. Adam Zampa (Australia)
The Australian leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, has been in sensational form in limited-overs cricket of late. With 15 ODI wickets from just 9 matches this year, including best figures of 4/45, Zampa has shown consistency. In the spin-friendly conditions of India, his contributions will be crucial for the Australian side.
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3. Tabraiz Shamsi (SA)
Tabraiz Shamsi, the Proteas’ chinaman bowler, is no stranger to Indian conditions. He has played a pivotal role in South Africa’s recent tours of India. In 2023, Shamsi has already scalped 13 wickets in 7 games, with best figures of 4/61 and an economy rate of 6.07. His experience and skill make him a key player for South Africa in the World Cup.
4. Rashid Khan (Afg)
Rashid Khan, a celebrated foreign bowler in India and a T20 league sensation worldwide, is all set for the World Cup. With extensive IPL experience on spin-friendly Indian pitches, Rashid aims to make the most of these conditions.
5. Adil Rashid (Eng)
Adil Rashid, the seasoned English spinner, thrives in Indian conditions. In 2023, he has already secured 15 wickets in 7 ODIs, boasting best figures of 4/45 at an economy rate of 6.09. His vast repertoire of variations makes him one of England’s key spin assets for the World Cup.
6. Maheesh Theekshana (SL)
Backed by his IPL experience, the young Sri Lankan spinner is eager to make an impact in India. Currently the third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs this year with 31 wickets in 15 ODIs, including an impressive economy rate of 4.50, Theekshana is a rising star to watch out for.
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7. Ish Sodhi (NZ)
Ish Sodhi, the Kiwi leg-spinner, could thrive in Indian conditions. In 2023, he has so far claimed 13 wickets in 12 ODIs, with standout best figures of 6/39 and an economy rate of 5.50. His ability to spin the ball both ways makes him a potent weapon for New Zealand.