The Best T20 Spinners Of All-Time
It is perhaps fair to say that T20 Cricket has helped spinners of all kinds rekindle their way back into international cricket. It was perhaps getting to a point where spinners were fading away. Recently, in the England v Pakistan T20 series, both Adil Rahid and Shadab Khan have proved their worth. But, deciding the best T20 spinners of all-time is not an easy task.
There have been many great spin bowlers that have graced T20 Cricket in the past. Both domestically and internationally. But, who are the top 5 best t20 spinners of all-time?
1. Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is the highest wicket-taker as a spin bowler in T20s. In 339 matches, he has picked up 383 wickets for the various franchises that he has represented over the years. His bowling average of 20.30 and economy rate of 6.01 are both outstanding numbers, considering that he has bowled in the power play and at the death before.
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Perhaps one of his greatest moments will remain his maiden over in the 2018 CPL to Nicholas Pooran. He was called up at the 2012 IPL to represent the Kolkata Knight Riders and the rest was history as they say. 24 wickets in just 15 games, meant he was the second-highest wicket taker in the tournament, behind Morne Morkel. KKR won their first IPL trophy. He was awarded the player of the tournament award in 2012 and he later won the award again at the 2018 IPL.
Sunil Narine sits number one on our list of best T20 spinners of all-time.
2. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir is perhaps the leg-spinner with the most energy in the game. His celebrations are extravagant but exciting. His bowling lifts the entire team and crowd alike. One of the greatest leg-spinners of his generation for South Africa. He has a potent googly and slider that can deceive batsmen both in the air and off the pitch.
At the 2019 IPL, Imran Tahir was the highest wicket-taker for the Chennai Super Kings and also won the purple cap for the most wickets overall. He helped his side to the final, where they narrowly lost. In 297 games, Tahir has picked up 376 wickets at a bowling average of 19.73 and economy rate of 6.98.
Imran Tahir sits number two on our list of best T20 spinners of all-time.
3. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan burst on the scene at the 2017 IPL, where he bamboozled most of the batsmen with his googly. He repeated such feats at both the 2018 and the 2019 IPL and since has become SRH’s most reliable bowler along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. His IPL success has also meant that he has been able to play in other leagues all around the world.
Rashid has had success in the Big Bash League and the Vitality T20 Blast as well. He is currently one of the most sought after bowlers in T20 Cricket. He bowls a lot quicker than most leg-spinners and gives little time for the batsmen to pick which delivery he is going to bowl. Rashid Khan has picked up 305 wickets in 218 T20s at a bowling average of 17.28 and an economy rate of 6.32.
Rashid Khan sits number three on our list of best T20 spinners of all-time.
4. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi has been phenomenal for the T20 game. He was one of the first major stars in the format and helped Pakistan make the 2007 World T20 final, where they were narrowly beaten by India. However, two years later, he starred again, as Pakistan went one better to win the final against Sri Lanka at Lords.
Afridi picked up 11 wickets at the tournament to help his country to a famous victory. He has also had a lot of success playing in T20 leagues – notably the Vitality T20 Blast and the Pakistan Super League. In 317 games, Afridi has picked up 339 wickets at a bowling average of 22.26 and an economy rate of 6.71.
Shahid Afridi sits number four on our list of best T20 spinners of all-time.
5. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al-Hasan is without doubt the best spinner and best player to have ever emerged from Bangladesh. In 308 T20s, he has picked up 354 wickets at a bowling average of 21.07 and economy rate of 6.89. He is the highest wicket-taker in the history of the Bangladesh Premier League.
His left-arm spin is often economical and reliable in the middle-overs. He played a key part in SRH’s run to the final in the 2018 IPL campaign, bowling in tandem with Rashid Khan.
Shakib Al Hasan sits number five on our list of best T20 spinners of all-time.
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