Spinners play a substantial role in keeping the batters in check by bowling dot balls and taking wickets against the run of play. The spinners use their fingers to impart spin on the ball while releasing it. By doing so, it triggers the ball to deviate in the air and off the pitch when it bounces, which troubles the batsmen in the first place.
We have seen spinners having precise control over the amount of spin, flight and the direction of the ball. They often use variations in terms of pace and trajectory to trick the batters. Indian spinners did weave the magic with the ball when it mattered the most and took wickets in the World Cup. Let’s learn more about the names of the Indian spinners who bagged the most wickets in a single World Cup edition.
1. Ravindra Jadeja
It is no secret that Ravindra Jadeja has been a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team for several years now. Jadeja’s potential to maintain pressure on the opposition with his disciplined bowling performances has been one of his key strengths. He tops the list as he took 16 wickets in the 2023 edition of the ICC ODI World Cup, the most by an Indian spinner in a single edition of the Cricket World Cup.
2. Anil Kumble
India’s legendary spinner, Anil Kumble is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest spinners of all time. He once held the record for taking the most wickets by an Indian spinner in a single World Cup edition – 15 wickets in the 1996 World Cup before it was surpassed by Ravindra Jadeja in the 2023 World Cup.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the Player of the Tournament for his all-round brilliance in the 2011 World Cup. He scored 362 runs while also leading the bowling attack by example. He accounted for 15 dismissals in that World Cup edition. Yuvraj Singh equalled Anil Kumble’s tally of 15 wickets in a single World Cup.
4. Kuldeep Yadav
India’s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav quickly established himself as a key spinner in the Indian cricket team. He has been part of the bowling attack in several formats, contributing to the team’s success. Kuldeep Yadav comes fourth on the list as he took 14 wickets in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
5. Maninder Singh
Maninder Singh operated as a left-arm orthodox spinner during the playing days of his career. He was best known for his ability to vary his pace and flight, making it tougher for batsmen to pick his deliveries. He has also taken as many as 14 wickets in a single edition of the World Cup (1987).