We have seen great bowling performances by both fast and spin bowlers in cricket. Especially, spin bowlers always prove themselves in a pair in the playing 11. Spin bowling has always provided a needed breakthrough to the teams. Hence, there have been so many effective pairs of spin bowling in cricket. So here is a list of the top ten best spin bowling duos in cricket history.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan And Sanath Jayasuriya
Muralitharan is regarded as the greatest and the most successful bowler in cricket history. He is the highest wicket-taker in international cricket with 1347 wickets. His best bowling partner Jayasuriya is the only player in history to score more than 10000 runs and take 300 wickets in One Day International Cricket. They are considered one of the best spin bowling pairs Sri Lankan cricket ever had. This pair took 1366 wickets in 486 innings.
2. Anil Kumble And Harbhajan Singh
Anil Kumble played for 18 years. Anil is one of the greatest bowlers in test cricket. He has taken 619 wickets in test cricket. His best bowling partner Harbhajan Singh has taken more than 400 wickets in tests. In tests, this best spin bowling pair for India took more than 500 wickets in 108 innings. They are the only pair of spinners to have taken 200 plus wickets each in tests featuring both.
3. Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja
Ashwin has ranked the world's second-best Test bowler. He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 400 wickets mark in test cricket. Ashwin had a great bowling partnership with Jadeja in test cricket. The right-arm and left-arm spin bowling pair has taken more than 370 wickets in 37 test matches.
4. Bhagwat Chandrashekhar And Bishan Singh Bedi
During the 1970s, four spinners, Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, and Bishan Singh Bedi, played a key role for India in series wins outside Asia. Among them, Chandrashekhar and Bedi were the best spin bowling pair. They took 368 wickets in 42 innings at an average of 27.96. Bedi is India's highest wicket-taker in tests among left-arm spinners.
5. Saqlain Mushtaq And Shahid Afridi
Saqlain was the fastest to reach 200 and 250 ODI wickets. His bowling partner Shahid Afridi has taken more than 500 International wickets. They both are considered one of the best spin bowling pairs of Pakistan cricket. The pair took more than 300 wickets in 106 ODIs at an average of 26.8.
6. Abdur Razzak And Shakib Al Hasan
Abdur was the only Bangladeshi spinner to take 200 ODI wickets. Shakib is the only player in the world who has taken 100 wickets and scored 1000 runs in all three formats of international cricket. This pair is considered the best spin bowling duo of Bangladesh cricket. They took 287 wickets in 113 ODIs on an average of 30.
7. Alf Valentine And Sonny Ramadhin
In the 1950s, this bowling pair was very effective for West Indies cricket. Ramadhin was one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1951. In the 1950s, West Indies was unusually short of bowlers. They took these two spinners on their tour of England. There they prove themselves through their performance to be in the playing 11. They took 224 wickets in 29 test matches.
8. Rashid Khan And Mohammad Nabi
Rashid is the fastest and youngest bowler to take 100 wickets in ODI. He played 44 matches to reach this milestone beating Australia's Mitchell Starc. He forms the best spin bowling pair for Afghanistan with Nabi. Rashid and Nabi took 213 wickets in 70 ODIs at an average of 22.5. After the retirement of Nabi, Rashid has his new bowling partner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.
9. Kuldeep Yadav And Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep and Chahal are the new spin bowling pair of India. They have the nickname 'KulCha.' Kulcha is both right and left-arm spin bowling pair. They have taken 118 wickets in 34 ODI matches at an average of 25.6. They always provide India with a breakthrough from their performance. For the last two years, they have been India's premier spin bowling pair.
10. Mitchell Santner And Ish Sodhi
Santner made his debut for New Zealand in 2015. Since his debut, he became an essential left-arm spinner for his country. His bowling partner Sodhi is a talented leg-spinner. They've taken over 100 wickets and have a good understanding of each other. They are known for their best performance in the 2016 World T20 Cup.