From Imran Tahir to Adam Zampa: Spinning web around opponents

Imran Tahir did well in the Champions Trophy and has been the go-to man for South Africa in middle-overs.

Published: 16th August 2017 08:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2017 08:54 AM   |  A+A-

South African spinner Imran Tahir (File | AP)

By Express News Service

Imran Tahir (SA)

Tahir has been in form of late. He walked into the IPL earlier this year only as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh, but finished with 18 scalps at an economy rate of 7.85 to help Pune enter the final. He did well in the Champions Trophy and has been the go-to man for South Africa in middle-overs. Like most leggies, he likes to attack and never fails to toss the ball. 


Tahir’s ODI stats are impressive to say the least. He has picked up 132 wickets in 78 games at 23.87.

Adil Rashid (Eng)

The crafty wrist-spinner has played a vital role in England’s limited-overs resurgence since their humiliating exit in the 2015 World Cup. Earlier this year, he befuddled Australian batsmen with googlies & sliders to help his team win a must-win game in the Champions Trophy.

Shadab Khan (Pak)

Just 18, Shadab was the youngest player in the Pakistan squad that thumped India in the Champions Trophy final. A prodigious turner of the ball, the leg-spinner emerged only during the 2016 PSL season. He too boasts a potent wrong’un, and his unorthodox bowling action makes it tough for batsmen to pick him. 

Devendra Bishoo (WI)

After winning the 2011 ICC Emerging Player of the Year award, Bishoo almost disappeared, before turning heads in 2015 with a delivery compared by many to Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’. Is a vital cog for a West Indies. 

Adam Zampa (Aus)

Though not a big turner, Zampa has earned a reputation for being a canny operator in limited-overs cricket, with subtle changes in pace and a deceptive wrong’un. Zampa’s action is similar to that of Shane Warne, and the 25-year-old made headlines for taking 6/19 against Sunrisers in IPL 2016, the second-best figures ever in the league. 

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