This year has certainly been a boon year for spinners in limited-overs cricket. The slow bowlers have gained prominence in one-day cricket so far. From Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan to England’s Adil Rashid, spinners make up the top five list in leading wicket takers for the current year. The rules of the game has increasingly favored batsmen, spinners have still managed to carve out standout performances this year in limited-overs cricket.
Top 5 ODI Bowlers of 2018
- Rashid Khan
Afghanistan’s premier spinner has topped the bowling charts in limited-overs cricket this year. He has picked up 48 wickets in 20 games at an average of 14.45. He also has picked up two five-wicket hauls and helped his side win games of cricket. Rashid Khan has been Afghanistan’s go-to bowler in one-day internationals and will be keen to continue form ahead of next year’s World Cup that will be played in June.
- Kuldeep Yadav
India’s mystery spinner has taken the world by storm due to his breathtaking performances. Yadav is the second on the list for most wickets for the current year. He has taken 45 wickets in 17 matches with a strike rate of 22.9. Yadav has been instrumental with the ball in hand and helped India win their maiden one-day series in South Africa. He also excelled in English conditions this year and caused a lot of problems to all the opposition batsmen this year.
- Adil Rashid
England’s premier spinner has been phenomenal with the ball in limited-overs cricket. He is third on the list with 42 wickets in 24 matches with an average of 27.47. Rashid has produced crucial breakthroughs for his side and helped them maintain their winning streak this year. He has certainly been fantastic for England in all conditions.
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
The 17-year old off-spinner has been impressive in limited-overs cricket for Afghanistan. From his international debut for his country to his acquisition in the cash-rich Indian Premier League, Mujeeb has certainly lived up to the expectations. He has been a difficult bowler to score runs in the middle over of the innings. Mujeeb has picked up 37 wickets in 20 matches at an average of 19.54.
- Lungi Ngidi
The only pace bowler on the list is South Africa’s promising pace bowler Lungi Ngidi, who has been excellent upfront with the new-ball. Ngidi has produced crucial breakthroughs for South Africa and taken 26 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 23.03