Poll: Herath, Ashwin, Shakib, Lyon, Jadeja or Yasir — who is the best spinner in Test cricket?

Rangana Herath ripped through the Australian line-up and scripted history in the second Test against at Galle when he became only the second Sri Lankan bowler to register a hat-trick in Tests. He bowled with unmatched confidence and scalped four wickets to dismantle Australia for a mere score of 106. Herath was instrumental in winning the first Test for his side at Pallekele and getting Sri Lanka a lead in the three-match Test series. On Day 2, Herath’s magnificent spell leaves Sri Lanka in a commanding position and left the visitors bewildered. ALSO READ: Poll: Mitchell Starc, Mustafizur Rahman, Trent Boult or Mohammad Amir — who is the best left arm pacer currently?

Herath is indubitably one of the best left-arm tweakers in the world, riding on his orthodox left-arm spin, he is astute and brings his experience into play to outfox any genius at the crease. Like many others, he doesn’t possess any doosra or a googly but relies mainly on his immaculate line and length along with turn to get the better of a batsman. If Sri Lanka are playing a Test match in spinning conditions, Herath will never disappoint.

Ravichandran Ashwin has led the Indian spin attack with guile and has done a commendable job with the ball in hand. In the ongoing Test series against West Indies, led his side to a glorious victory in the first Test after scalping seven wickets. Ashwin has the ability to read a batsman’s mind and has enough variations up in his sleeves. Not just Test cricket, he has also excelled against the white ball in every format. Along with stock deliveries, which are his off-spin, Ashwin has a carrom ball and a flipper to leave a batsman at sixes and sevens. ALSO READ: Poll: Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root or Kane Williamson — Who is the best Test batsman among them?

Australia’s Nathan Lyon is also the most successful off-spinner from his country and has done a decent job for a side which banks mainly on pace bowlers. Lyon is a testament to a breed of classical off-spinner who eyes for a wicket though flight.

The other big name in the league of best spinners is that of Pakistan‘s Yasir Shah. He highly resembles Australian legend Shane Warne and is also the fastest Pakistani bowler to have 50 Test scalps to his name. Yasir has a deceiving googly in his armoury but his primary weapon has always been his primitive leg-spin. With enough flight and revolution on the red cherry, Yasir fools a batsman with turn and length. Yasir had 10 wickets to his name in the Lord’s Test of the ongoing series against England as Pakistan silent their harshest critics by defeating the English Lions in their own den.

Ravindra Jadeja is one of the top 10 bowlers in ICC Test rankings but the presence of many spinners in the Indian dug-out have denied him a chance in the first two Tests against West Indies. Jadeja was unplayable in the recently ended Test series against South Africa, where he dismantled the opposition with his orthodox left-arm spin. He can vary his pace without any discernible change in action.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is a legend in his country. Shakib is accurate when it comes to spin bowling, he bowls wily left-arm spin and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he could have achieved greater heights in Test cricket if Bangladesh would have been a regular Test nation.

It’s a tedious task to choose one best from the league of this renowned and established spin bowler’s. We leave it to you. Check the stats and let us know who do you think is the best spinner from this crop?

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