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    Greatest ODI spinners of all time

    Warne, Murali and Saqlain are the 3 best odi spinners i have ever seen. Amazingly, they all played in the same era.

    Who else do you rank as a top ODI spinner?

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    Should also add Kumble to the mix. Was always a threat and a match winner.

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    Saqlain was amazing in the ODI format.

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    If Murali is in the conversation, then add Ajmal too. If not, then has to be just Saqlain and Warne in the discussion.

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    There’s only two options here; Warne (average of ~26 with nearly 309 wickets and ATG WC performances) and Saqlain (average of ~22 with nearly 300 wickets).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    If Murali is in the conversation, then add Ajmal too. If not, then has to be just Saqlain and Warne in the discussion.
    I am hoping more for a top 10 list type thing, so the more name the better.

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    Is Bradd Hogg the only spinner to have won 2 World Cup winners medals?

    The guy is an underrated spinner because Shane Warne was the king of spin for Australia in Tests. Muralitharan was the most decorated but Hogg may be the only spinner to have played 2 wc finals and won both matches.

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    Brad Hogg was a couple of notches below these guys but i always thought he was a terrific ODI bowler. He was an important member of the 2003 and 2007 WC winning teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Is Bradd Hogg the only spinner to have won 2 World Cup winners medals?

    The guy is an underrated spinner because Shane Warne was the king of spin for Australia in Tests. Muralitharan was the most decorated but Hogg may be the only spinner to have played 2 wc finals and won both matches.
    I thought he was a terrific ODI bowler. I always felt for Stuart McGill though. Warne kept him out of tests and Hogg kept him out of ODI's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk031992 View Post
    Brad Hogg was a couple of notches below these guys but i always thought he was a terrific ODI bowler. He was an important member of the 2003 and 2007 WC winning teams.
    I remember first watching him in the 1996 Titan Cup in India, and being amazed by his skills.

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    Saqlain had a short ODI career but he was amazing.

    From India, I'd rate Kumble above Harbhajan.

    Warne and Murali of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    I remember first watching him in the 1996 Titan Cup in India, and being amazed by his skills.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DETWjxTuSyI

    I had never even heard of him prior to 03. I only started watching cricket in 1999. He was a delight to watch. That ball to Flower is an all time ball IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk031992 View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DETWjxTuSyI

    I had never even heard of him prior to 03. I only started watching cricket in 1999. He was a delight to watch. That ball to Flower is an all time ball IMO.
    First impression is the last impression. I was mighty impressed with him in the 1996 Titan Cup.

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    Warne - always going to be the king of spin in test cricket for me hands down . love Murli and what he has done for SL cricket but Warne is the man ...

    Would i have him as the best in ODI.... no doubt but i think Saqlain takes him out just bcz of Saqlain's ability to ball at the depth ... Saqi boy was THE MASTERCLASS spinner at the depth and equally good with Warne in middle overs

    so with that slight small reason.. i would go with Saqi as the best spinner with Warne abs on his very close tail with murli equally close to Warne

    few noteables , in no particular order - Dan Vetori, Kumble, Harbajan, Swan, Imran Tahir, Ashwin,Mushi, Ajmal

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk031992 View Post
    I am hoping more for a top 10 list type thing, so the more name the better.
    Ajantha Mendis and Sanath Jayasuriya definitely deserve to be in the conversation in addition to the other names mentioned here. Ajantha Mendis has the best strike rate of any bowler in ODIs of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Should also add Kumble to the mix. Was always a threat and a match winner.
    Averaged 44 away from home

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    Murali, Saqlain and Warne

    Murali with the greatest longevity
    Saqlain the greatest peak, but got figured out
    Warne the best in big games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Is Bradd Hogg the only spinner to have won 2 World Cup winners medals?

    The guy is an underrated spinner because Shane Warne was the king of spin for Australia in Tests. Muralitharan was the most decorated but Hogg may be the only spinner to have played 2 wc finals and won both matches.
    Interesting statistical quirk.

    I looked into it and here are all the spinners who have ever bowled in multiple ICC World Cup finals:

    Muttiah Muralitharan (played 3, won 1)
    Brad Hogg (played 2, won 2)
    Harbhajan Singh (played 2, won 1)
    Viv Richards (played 2, won 1)
    Tillakaratne Dilshan (played 2, won 0)

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    Murali
    Saqlain


    Warne

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    In tests, maybe. In odis no way. Was economical though. Can't remember big hauls in odis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Interesting statistical quirk.

    I looked into it and here are all the spinners who have ever bowled in multiple ICC World Cup finals:

    Muttiah Muralitharan (played 3, won 1)
    Brad Hogg (played 2, won 2)
    Harbhajan Singh (played 2, won 1)
    Viv Richards (played 2, won 1)
    Tillakaratne Dilshan (played 2, won 0)
    Viv Richards was a medium pace dibbly dobbler, wasn't he?

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    Murali, Warne, Saqi were the best ODI spinners I saw. Ajmal, when was chucking, was really good too. Without chucking, he looked like suresh raina.


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    Vettori anyone?


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    1. Murali
    2. Saqlain
    3. Warne
    4. Rashid khan(in LOIs)
    5. Imran Tahir
    6. Brad Hogg
    7. Abdul Qadir
    8. Anil Kumble
    9. Harbhajan Singh
    10. Daniel Vettori

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    1. Murali
    2. Saqlain
    3. Warne
    4. Rashid khan(in LOIs)
    5. Imran Tahir
    6. Brad Hogg
    7. Abdul Qadir
    8. Anil Kumble
    9. Harbhajan Singh
    10. Daniel Vettori
    Ajmal should also be there, especially if you are including Murali

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    Quote Originally Posted by szrana007 View Post
    Ajmal should also be there, especially if you are including Murali
    Ajmal was Suresh Raina level bowler when he wasn't chucking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Ajmal was Suresh Raina level bowler when he wasn't chucking.
    We never found out how Murali would fare without chucking though

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    Although I'm not a fan of Afridi but I'm surprised that no one has mentioned him, he was awesome in ODI's from 2007 till 2014.

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    ODI Spinner stats

    Overall (min 200 Wickets)
    Player Span Mat Wkts Avg Econ SR 4W
    Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK) 1995-2003 169 288 21.78 4.29 30.4 11
    M Muralitharan (Asia/ICC/SL) 1993-2011 350 534 23.08 3.93 35.2 15
    SK Warne (AUS/ICC) 1993-2005 194 293 25.73 4.25 36.3 12
    Abdur Razzak (BDESH) 2004-2014 153 207 29.29 4.56 38.4 5
    Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH) 2006-2019 206 260 30.21 4.48 40.4 8
    A Kumble (Asia/INDIA) 1990-2007 271 337 30.89 4.3 43 8
    DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 1997-2015 295 305 31.71 4.12 46 8
    Harbhajan Singh (Asia/INDIA) 1998-2015 236 269 33.35 4.31 46.3 2
    Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/PAK) 1996-2015 398 395 34.51 4.62 44.7 4
    ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 445 323 36.75 4.78 46 8

    World Cup (min 20 wickets)
    Player Span Mat Wkts Avg Econ SR 4W
    GB Hogg (AUS) 2003-2007 21 34 19.23 4.12 27.9 2
    SK Warne (AUS) 1996-1999 17 32 19.5 3.83 30.5 4
    M Muralitharan (SL) 1996-2011 40 68 19.63 3.88 30.3 4
    Abdul Qadir (PAK) 1983-1987 13 24 21.08 3.72 33.9 2
    Mushtaq Ahmed (PAK) 1992-1996 15 26 21.11 4.06 31.1 0
    Imran Tahir (SA) 2011-2019 22 40 21.17 4.41 28.7 4
    Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK) 1996-2003 14 23 21.47 4.39 29.3 0
    A Kumble (INDIA) 1996-2007 18 31 22.83 4.08 33.5 1
    Yuvraj Singh (INDIA) 2003-2011 23 20 23.1 4.99 27.7 1
    Shahid Afridi (PAK) 1999-2015 27 30 27.7 4.51 36.8 2
    Abdur Razzak (BDESH) 2007-2011 15 20 28.2 4.63 36.5 0
    DL Vettori (NZ) 2003-2015 32 36 32.44 4.14 46.9 2
    Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH) 2007-2019 29 34 35.94 5.11 42.1 1
    ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1992-2007 38 27 39.25 4.83 48.7 0
    Harbhajan Singh (INDIA) 2003-2011 21 20 40.4 4.2 57.7 0

    5+ team tournaments (min 40 wickets)
    Player Span Mat Wkts Avg Econ SR 4W
    SK Warne (AUS) 1994-2002 23 44 17.88 3.7 28.9 5
    M Muralitharan (SL) 1993-2011 71 113 20.46 3.77 32.5 6
    Imran Tahir (SA) 2011-2019 25 45 20.6 4.4 28 5
    Abdul Qadir (PAK) 1983-1990 24 42 21.3 3.9 32.7 3
    A Kumble (INDIA) 1990-2007 44 64 27.15 4.16 39.1 1
    DL Vettori (NZ) 1998-2015 49 54 31.29 3.98 47.1 2
    ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1990-2009 76 55 31.49 4.52 41.7 1
    RA Jadeja (INDIA) 2013-2020 31 42 31.73 4.85 39.2 2
    Shahid Afridi (PAK) 1998-2015 49 50 33.66 4.61 43.7 2
    Mohammad Nabi (AFG) 2009-2019 49 49 36.46 4.39 49.7 2
    Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH) 2006-2019 42 45 37.66 4.97 45.4 2


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