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Leg spin is a style of spin bowling in cricket. A leg spinner bowls right-arm with a wrist spin action, causing the ball to spin anti-clockwise at the point of delivery. When the ball bounces, the spin causes the ball to deviate sharply from right to left (as seen by the bowler) — that is, away from the leg side of a right-handed batsman, which is the origin of the name "leg spin". The same action when performed by a left-arm bowler is known as left-arm unorthodox spin or "chinaman" bowling. The basics of bowling. ... In cricket, at the start of an innings the bowling team opens its bowling by using their pace bowlers first. ... Fast bowling, sometimes known as pace bowling, is one of the two main approaches to bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Seam bowling is a phrase used for a cricket bowling technique whereby the ball is deliberately bowled onto its seam, to cause a random deviation. ... Swing bowling is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. ... 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Mechanics

As with all spinners, leg spinners bowl the ball far slower (70-90 km/h or 45-55 mph) than fast bowlers, the fastest of whom can top 160 km/h (100 mph), and typically use variations of flight by sometimes looping the ball in the air, allowing any cross-breeze and the aerodynamic effects of the spinning ball to cause the ball to dip and drift before bouncing and spinning (usually called "turning") sharply. While very difficult to bowl accurately, good leg spin is considered one of the most threatening types of bowling to bat against, since the flight and sharp turn make the ball's movement extremely hard to read, and the turn away from the batsman (assuming he or she is right-handed) is more dangerous than the turn into the batsman generated by an off spinner. Fast bowling, sometimes known as pace bowling, is one of the two main approaches to bowling in the sport of cricket. ... This is a general glossary of the terminology used in the sport of cricket. ... Off spin is a type of bowling in the sport of cricket which is bowled by an off spinner, a right-handed spin bowler who uses his or her fingers and/or wrist to spin the ball from a right-handed batsmans off side to the leg side (that...


Good leg spin bowlers are also able to bowl deliveries that behave unexpectedly, including the googly, which turns the opposite way to a normal leg break, and the topspinner, which doesn't deviate significantly. A few exceptional leg spinners (notably Shane Warne) have also mastered the flipper, a delivery that like a topspinner goes straight on landing but travels quickly and barely bounces, often dismissing batsmen leg before wicket or bowled. Another variation in the arsenal of some leg spinners is the slider, a leg break pushed out of the hand somewhat faster, so that it doesn't spin as much, but travels more straight on. In cricket, a googly is a type of delivery bowled by a right-arm leg spin bowler. ... In cricket, a topspinner is a delivery where the ball comes out the top of the bowlers hand, causing it to spin in the direction of travel. ... Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria), is an Australian cricketer and the current captain of Hampshire. ... The flipper is the name of a particular bowling delivery used in cricket, generally by a leg spin bowler. ... In the sport of cricket, leg before wicket (LBW) is one of the ways in which a batsman can be dismissed. ... In cricket, a slider is a type of delivery bowled by a wrist spin bowler. ...


To grip the ball for a leg-spinning delivery, the ball placed into the palm with the seam parallel to the palm. The first two fingers then spread and grip the ball, and the third and fourth fingers close together and rest against the side of the ball. The first bend of the third finger should grasp the seam. The thumb resting against the side is up to the bowler, but should impart no pressure. When the ball is bowled, the third finger will apply most of the spin. The wrist is cocked as it comes down by the hip, and the wrist moves sharply from right to left as the ball is released, adding more spin. The ball is tossed up to provide flight. The batsman will see the hand with the palm facing towards them when the ball is released. This is a general glossary of the terminology used in the sport of cricket. ...


History

In the 1970s and 1980s it was feared that leg spin would disappear from the game due to the success of Australian and later West Indian teams exclusively using fast bowlers. During this time Abdul Qadir of Pakistan was the highest-profile leg spinner in the world and is sometimes credited with "keeping the art alive". However, leg spin has again become popular with cricket fans and a successful part of cricket teams, driven largely by the success of Shane Warne, beginning with his spectacular Ball of the Century to Mike Gatting in 1993. Abdul Qadir Khan (Urdu: عبد القادر خان) (born September 15, 1955 in Lahore, Punjab) was a Pakistani international cricketer and later commentator. ... The Pakistani cricket team is a national cricket team representing Pakistan. ... Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria), is an Australian cricketer and the current captain of Hampshire. ... The Ball of the Century, also sometimes known as the Gatting Ball or simply That Ball, was a cricket delivery bowled by Australian bowler Shane Warne to English batsman Mike Gatting on 4 June 1993, during the first Test match of the 1993 Ashes cricket series, at Old Trafford in... Michael William Gatting (born June 6, 1957) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club. ...


Notably, England has never produced a great orthodox leg spinner, although Doug Wright had occasional success, and Sydney Barnes took lots of wickets with a style combining elements of pace and leg spin bowling. The logo of the England Cricket Team which shows the three Lions of England below a five-pointed crown The England cricket team is a cricket team which represents England and Wales, operating under the auspices of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). ... Douglas Vivian Parson Wright (21 August 1914 - 13 November 1998) has played 34 Tests for England from 1938-51. ... Sydney Francis Barnes was one of the finest bowlers in cricket history. ...


Some notable leg spinners

Flag of Australia Australia

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Richard Richie Benaud OBE (born October 6, 1930 in Penrith, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer. ... Clarence Victor Clarrie Grimmett (1891-Australian cricket player, thought by many to be one of the finest early spin bowlers, and usually credited as the developer of the flipper. ... John Brian Iverson (born July 27, 1915, Melbourne, Victoria, died October 24, 1973, Brighton, Victoria) was an Australian cricketer who played in 5 Tests from 1950 to 1951. ... Terry Jenner was born on the 8th September 1944. ... Stuart Charles Glyndwr MacGill (b. ... Kerry James OKeeffe (born November 25, 1949, Hurstville, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer and commentator. ... William Joseph OReilly or Tiger OReilley (20 December 1905 - 6 October 1992), was an outstanding Australian cricketer, and, in retirement, a well-respected cricket writer and broadcaster. ... Douglas Thomas Ring (born October 14, 1918, Hobart, Tasmania, died June 23, 2003, Melbourne, Victoria) was an Australian cricketer who played in 13 Tests from 1948 to 1953. ... Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria), is an Australian cricketer and the current captain of Hampshire. ... Cameron Leon White (b. ...

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Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... Alok Kapali is a Bangladeshi cricketer. ... Mohammad Ashraful (Bengali: ) (born July 7, 1984 in Dhaka) is a Bangladeshi international cricket player. ...

Flag of England England

Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The logo of the England Cricket Team which shows the three Lions of England below a five-pointed crown The England cricket team is the national cricket team which represents England and Wales. ... Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet (October 13, 1877 - October 12, 1936) was an English cricketer, perhaps most renowned as the inventor of the googly. ... Tich Freeman (Alfred Percy Freeman; born May 17, 1888; died January 28, 1965) was a Kent leg spin bowler and the only man to take 300 wickets in an English season. ... John William Hearne (known as Jack Hearne, J.W. Hearne and Young Jack to distinguish him from his cousin, J.T. Hearne) (born February 11, 1891; died September 14, 1965) was a Middlesex leg-spinning all-rounder cricketer who played from 1909 to 1936, and represented England in 24 Test... William Eric Hollies (born June 5, 1912 in Old Hill, Staffordshire, died April 16, 1981, Chinley, Derbyshire) was an English cricketer who is mainly remembered for taking the wicket of Donald Bradman for a duck in Bradmans final Test match innings. ... Ian David Kenneth Salisbury (born 21 January 1970 in Northampton) is an English cricketer, one of the few leg-spinners to play Test cricket for England in recent years. ... Douglas Vivian Parson Wright (21 August 1914 - 13 November 1998) has played 34 Tests for England from 1938-51. ...

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Piyush Chawla of India, bowling a leg break.
Piyush Chawla of India, bowling a leg break.

Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Sairaj Bahutule (born January 6, 1973 in Bombay - now Mumbai) is an Indian cricketer. ... Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar (Chandra) (born May 17, 1945 in Mysore) is a former Indian cricketer who specialised in leg spin. ... Piyush Chawla   (born 24 December 1988, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India) is an Indian cricketer who has played for the India U-19 team and the Central Zone. ... Subhashchandra Pandharinath Fergie Gupte (born 11 December 1929 in Bombay, India; died 31 May 2002, Port of Spain, Trinidad) was one of the finest spinners ever in Test cricket. ... Narendra Deepchand Hirwani   (born October 18, 1968 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh) is a leg spin bowler who played for India. ... Anil Radhakrishna Kumble (Kannada:ಅನಿಲ್‌ ರಾಧಾಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕುಂಬ್ಳೆ)   (born 17 October 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka) is an Indian cricketer and currently the highest wicket-taker for India in both One-day International and Test matches. ... Laxman Sivaramakrishnan   (born December 31, 1965, Madras), popularly known as Siva, is a leg-spinner who played for India in Test cricket. ... Amit Mishra (born November 24, 1982 in Delhi) is an Indian cricketer. ...

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Image File history File links Flag_of_Kenya. ... Collins Obuya (born July 27, 1981 in Nairobi) is a Kenyan cricketer. ...

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Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... John Chaloner Alabaster (11 July 1930) in Invercargill. ... Brooke Graeme Keith Walker (b. ... William Edward Merritt (18 August 1908 - 9 June 1977) has played six tests for New Zealand. ...

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Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Abdul Qadir Khan (Urdu: عبد القادر خان) (born September 15, 1955 in Lahore, Punjab) was a Pakistani international cricketer and later commentator. ... Dinesh Parabha Shanker Kaneria (Urdu: دانش پرابھا شنکر کنیریا) (born 16 December 1980), or Dinesh Kineria, popularly known as Danish Kaneria is a Pakistani cricketer (leg spin bowler). ... Mushtaq Ahmed (Urdu: مشتاق احمد) (born 28 June 1970 in Sahiwal) is a Pakistani cricketer, more specifically a leg spin bowler. ... Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi (Urdu: صاحبزادہ محمد شاہد خان آفریدی) (born 1 March 1980 in Khyber Agency to Pathan parents of the Afridi tribe in Kohat), popularly known as Shahid Afridi or by his nickname Boom Boom Afridi or The Beast, is a Pakistani cricketer currently playing for the Pakistani national team. ...

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Image File history File links Flag_of_Sri_Lanka. ... Charitha Malinga Bandara is a Sri Lankan cricketer. ... Upul Chandana is a Sri Lankan cricketer, more specifically a leg spin bowler. ...

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Image File history File links West_Indies_Cricket_Board_Flag. ... Learie Constantine, was one of the first great West Indian players. ... Sonny Ramadhin (born May 1, 1929) was a West Indian cricketer, and a dominant bowler of the 1950s . ... Dinanath Ramnarine (born June 4, 1975 in Chaguanus) is a Trinidadian cricketer who retired in 2002. ... Shivnarine Shiv Chanderpaul (born 16 August 1974 in Unity Village, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana) is a cricketer, and former captain of the West Indies cricket team. ...

Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Image File history File links Flag_of_Zimbabwe. ... Adam George Huckle (born September 21, 1971, Bulawayo) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer who played in 8 Tests and 19 ODIs from 1997 to 1999. ... Brian Andrew Murphy (born 1 December 1976 in Salisbury (now Harare), Zimbabwe) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. ... Paul Andrew Strang, born on the July 28, 1970 was a leg-spinning all-rounder who played tests and ODIS for Zimbabwe. ... Tafadzwa Kamungozi (born 8 June 1987) is a Zimbabwean cricketer who bowls leg break. ... Hamilton Masakadza (born August 9, 1983 in Harare) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. ...

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