5 instances of best bowling by left arm spinners in ODIs

daniel vettori bids adieu to cricket ends odi career

Left arm spinners can become quite tricky to play for a right handed batsman, as like the wrist spinners, the bowl is always moving away from you.

Dhoni used to have tough time playing Mitchell Santner, one of the reason CSK bought him as Dhoni himself knows how good and underrated player he is. So lets see the best bowling figures by left arm spinners in ODIs :-

Daniel Vettori 5 for 7 runs in 6 overs – Vettori was the most successful spin bowler for black cats. He used to use his height to good advantage, and with a smooth action and good revolutions on the ball, he used to get turn and bounce.

His best figures in ODI came against Bangladesh in 2007 at Queenstown, bundling Bangladesh to a mere total of 93.


Sunil Joshi 5 for 6 runs in 10 overs – The famous spell of tall left armer from India against Southafrica, who didn’t mind hitting few sixes at the bottom whenever he got chances, makes it to the list.

Played against Southafrica in Nairobi in LG cup, Sunil Joshi took his best ODI figures restricting SouthAfrica to mere total of 117 runs.

India won the match easily in 22.4 overs. Vijay Bharadwaj came at number 3 position, the allrounder which showed great potential once.


Sanath Jayasuriya 6 for 29 runs in 9.5 overs – The giant of Srilankan cricket, Jayasuriya who has played 445 matches in ODI, just behind Sachin Tendulkar who played 463 matches and Jayawardhane who played 448 matches, Jayasuriya has 329 wickets to his name in addition to 14874 runs.

He was certainly underrated as a bowler. He used to have relax hands while bowling, and used full swing of the arms, helping him to land the ball in just the right areas.

This particular performance of him came quite early in his career in 1993 against England.

SriLanka chased down the easy total of 180 runs without a fuzz.


Murali Karthik 6 for 27 runs in 10 overs – The stylish Murali Karthik who used to have some persona behind him, wearing a thick silver chain and bowling with glasses on. He also faced some disciplinary action in the starting of his career, because of his fearless attitude.

His best performance came against Australia in home conditions.

India made a mess of easy target of 193 runs and lost 8 wickets in chasing, and never in dreams, Murali Karthik would have thought, he has to chase this down himself.

He played a crucial innings of 21 runs, and was helped by Zaheer khan who played sensibly for his 31 runs, giving Indian fans some respite, as India lost the series by 4-2.


Kuldeep Yadav 6 for 25 runs in 10 overs – Kuldeep Yadav tops this list by taking 6 for 25 against England in the 1st ODI at nottingham in 2018.

Kuldeep who now, is finding difficult to feature in playing 11 in ODIs, was at his prime best, taking 6 scalps, which included the top 3 of the English team.

India went on to win the match easily with eye-pleasing century from Rohit Sharma.

137 runs from 114 balls, and 4 beautiful sixes. Do watch the highlights.

Chahal also played the match, taking 1 wicket for 51 runs. “Kul-cha” time of cricket.

Fans can see both the Indian spinners playing again, as India hosting the World cup 2023.

Fans will not mind “kul-cha returns” at all.


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