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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 batsman's off side to the leg side (that is, towards the right-handed batsman, or away from a left-handed batsman). This contrasts with leg spin, in which the ball spins from leg to off and which is bowled with a very different action. 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. ... Spin bowling, sometimes known as slow bowling, is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Finger spin is a style of bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Animation of a slow left arm delivery. ... Wrist spin is a style of bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Animation of a leg break. ... Animation of a chinaman delivery. ... In the sport of cricket, throwing (commonly referred to as chucking) occurs when a bowler delivers a ball with an illegal straightening of the elbow. ... Bold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textBold textA delivery or ball in cricket is a single action of bowling a... A full toss is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... In the terminology of the game of cricket, a beamer (less commonly beam ball) is a type of delivery in which the ball, without bouncing, passes above the batsmans waist height. ... In the sport of cricket, a bouncer (or bumper) is a type of delivery, usually bowled by a fast bowler. ... In cricket, an indipper is a delivery that curves into a right-handed batsman before the ball pitches (bounces on the pitch). ... An inswinger is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... A leg cutter is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An outswinger is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... In the sport of cricket, making the ball move in the air with the older ball is called reverse swing. ... In the sport of cricket, a slower ball is a slower-than-usual delivery from a fast bowler. ... In cricket, a yorker is a delivery where the cricket ball bounces on the cricket pitch on or near the batsmans popping crease. ... Spin bowling, sometimes known as slow bowling, is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. ... An arm ball is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... Animation of a chinaman delivery. ... A Doosra is a particular type of delivery by an off spin bowler in the sport of cricket, invented by Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq. ... The flipper is the name of a particular bowling delivery used in cricket, generally by a leg spin bowler. ... In cricket, a googly is a type of delivery bowled by a right-arm leg spin bowler. ... A leg break is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... An off break is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... In cricket, a slider is a type of delivery bowled by a wrist 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. ... Teesra (from a Urdu/Hindi word, translating to the third one) is a cricket delivery that may have been invented by Pakistani off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. ... In cricket, underarm bowling is as old as the sport itself. ... In cricket, roundarm bowling is a style that was introduced in the early years of the 19th century to supercede underarm bowling. ... In cricket, overarm bowling refers to a delivery in which the bowlers hand is above shoulder height. ... In cricket Lob Bowling is a disused, and now illegal, style of bowling used in the game in the 19th Century where trajectory was the most important consideration. ... Image File history File links Source code: <?xml version=1. ... The basics of bowling. ... This article is about the sport. ... In cricket terminology, a batsman who bats right handed is described as a right hand bat. ... Spin bowling, sometimes known as slow bowling, is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Finger spin is a style of bowling in the sport of cricket. ... Warwickshire batsman Mike Powell A batsman in the sport of cricket is, depending on context: Any player in the act of batting. ... For usage in other sports, see offside rule. ... The leg side, or on side, is defined to be a particular half of the field used to play the sport of cricket. ... Animation of a leg break. ...


A left-handed bowler who bowls with the same action as an off spinner is known as a left-arm orthodox spinner. Keep in mind, that while the orthodox spinner has the same action as an off-spinner, the ball itself spins in the opposite direction (akin to a right arm leg spinner). In cricket terminology, a batsman who bats left handed is described as a left hand bat. ... One of the worlds leading off-spin bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan sends down another delivery A bowler in the sport of cricket is usually a player whose speciality is bowling, analogous to a pitcher in baseball. ... Animation of a slow left arm delivery. ...


Off spin is generally considered less difficult to play than leg spin, as off breaks typically spin less than leg breaks, and do not generally possess the same loopy, potentially deceptive flight. In addition, off spinners tend to have a smaller repertoire of deliveries to choose from. However, the off spinner often bowls faster and more accurately than a leg spinner, and can therefore deceive the batsman with changes in the pace of the ball.

Animation of a typical off spin (finger spin) delivery.
Animation of a typical off spin (finger spin) delivery.

Notable contemporary off spinners include, Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, Harbhajan Singh of India and Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan. Saqlain has been credited with the invention of the "doosra", which is bowled with a similar-looking action to the off break but spins the opposite way, just as the leg spinner's googly turns the opposite way from his stock ball. Another common weapon of the off spinner is the arm ball, which doesn't spin but goes straight on "with the arm". More skilled offspinners also have the topspinner. Aside from these variations in spin, varying the speed, length and flight of the ball are also important for the off spinner. Muttiah Muralitharan (born 17 April 1972 in Kandy, Sri Lanka), often referred to as Murali, is a Sri Lankan cricketer who was statistically rated the greatest Test-Match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers Almanack in 2002. ... Harbhajan Singh   (Punjabi: , born: 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India) is an Indian cricketer and Indias most successful off spin bowler. ... Saqlain Mushtaq (Urdu: ثقلین مشتاق) (born December 29, 1976 in Lahore, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer, an off spin bowler. ... A Doosra is a particular type of delivery by an off spin bowler in the sport of cricket, invented by Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq. ... In cricket, a googly is a type of delivery bowled by a right-arm leg spin bowler. ... An arm ball is a type of delivery in the sport of cricket. ... 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. ... Line and length in cricket refers to the direction and point of bouncing on the pitch of a delivery. ...


Although rare now, in the past there were bowlers who used the off-break action who deliberately did not impart any considerable spin on the ball but relied on line and length to frustrate batsmen. They endeavoured to pitch the ball in an area that the batsman was unable to play a scoring shot, even making last moment adjustments to "follow" a batsman should they move within the crease to negate the bowlers tactics. Whilst this is primarily a defensive style, wickets were achieved by forcing a batsman to make a rash stroke or even bowling at the stumps instead of the retreating batsman. Another wicket taking method was to impart more spin on the ball than usual, and surprise the batsman. An exponent of this style of bowling was "Flat" Jack Simmons who played for Lancashire in the 1970's and 80's. With the advent of limited overs cricket promoting more adventurous batting styles and the use of ever heavier bats this style of bowling has declined, although some off-spinners will still use this tactic when the pitch is offering very little or no turn. Jack Simmons, born at Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, on March 28, 1941, was a cricketer who played for Lancashire and Tasmania. ...

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Some notable off spinners

Harbhajan Singh bowling off spin.
Harbhajan Singh bowling off spin.
Kevin Pietersen bowls off-spin in the Adelaide Oval nets
Kevin Pietersen bowls off-spin in the Adelaide Oval nets

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Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Harbhajan Singh   (Punjabi: , born: 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India) is an Indian cricketer and Indias most successful off spin bowler. ... Sarandeep Singh (born October 21, 1979 in Amritsar) is an Indian cricketer. ... Ramesh Powar (born May 20, 1978 in Bombay - now Mumbai) is an Indian cricketer A stocky offspinner who is more than handy with the bat, Ramesh Powar has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket for the last four seasons, and was crucial to Mumbais Ranji Trophy success in... Erapalli Anantharao Srinivas Prasanna (born: May 22, 1940) is a famous cricket player from India. ... Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan  , also known by his nickname of Venkat, (born 21 April 1945, in Madras) was formerly a cricketer. ... Tendulkar redirects here. ... Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman (born November 1, 1974, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh), better known as V. V. S. Laxman, is a member of the Indian national cricket team. ...

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Off spin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (524 words)
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 fingers to spin the ball from a right-handed batsman's off side to the leg side (that is, towards the right-handed batsman, or away from a left-handed batsman).
This contrasts with leg spin, in which the ball spins from leg to off and which is bowled with a very different action.
Off spin is generally considered less difficult to play than leg spin, as off breaks typically spin less than leg breaks, and do not generally possess the same loopy, potentially deceptive flight.
Off spin (81 words)
Off spin is a type of bowling in the sport of Cricket.
Off spin bowling is more common than Leg spin because the action involved is generally considered easier.
While the off to leg direction is most common, some of the better off spinners today, such as Saqlain Mushtaq[?] and Muttiah Muralitharan have developed some deliveries which are less predictable.
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