IPL 2018: Spinners have adapted extremely well: Kris Srikkanth
In IPL 2018 the spinners have been well job starting from leg spinner Amit Mishra claiming three hat-tricks over the last 10 seasons, and the likes of R Ashwin and Axar Patel having benefitted from the T20 League before eventually going on to play for the Indian national team. Even the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have stamped themselves as India’s first-choice spinners in the shorter format, owe plenty to their stints with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders as reason behind their rise as world-class spinners.
Kris Srikkanth, in his Monday’s column for TOI, highlighted the impact of spinners behind the success of their respective franchises. While mentioning the impression the likes of Ashwin and Sunil Narine have had behind Chennai Super Kings and KKR lifting the titles twice, Srikkanth stressed on the value spinners bring to their sides.
A good 14 years after the launch, the slow bowlers have found refreshing ways to combat broad bats, benign tracks and smaller boundaries to emerge as the key component not only T20s but white ball cricket in general,” Srikkanth wrote.
We are into the 11th season of the most competitive T20 league in the world, and the numbers available now are a fair sample size. Among the top nine wickets takers, five are spinners. The impact bowlers are also among the most economical, that also suggests that the best way to curb run flow is to pick wickets.