Wrist spinners – A boon or bane?
In recent times, wrist spinners have always been in the spotlight. They are very effective and are always attacking the batsmen. They turn out to be deceptive because they are slower through the air and flight the ball above the batsman’s eye line which tempts the batsmen to go uppish which in turn gives them the opportunity to pick wickets. But mastering the wrist spin is never easy. It’s very hard to deliver the ball accurately.
Wrist spinners are a double edged weapon. They are always a captain’s choice when the team is looking for wickets. But wrist spinners can only be successful if they are backed well by the captain. Because the captain needs to have faith and patience in the wrist spinners to reap the rewards which was maneuvered very well by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Wrist spinners are one of the best examples to the saying “With great risk often comes great reward”.
Few progressing wrist spinners –
Yashir Shah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Imran Tahir, Lakshan Sandakan, Devendra Bishoo, Adam Zampa, Tabraiz Shamsi etc.
The wrist spinners are always a threat, irrespective of the pitch, format and the conditions. This is one of the reasons why Shane Warne was so successful even though he was not from the subcontinents. They are not much dependent on the pitches. Apart from this they have many variations like the wrong one, top spinner, flipper and the slider which can easily deceive any batsmen because it is not easy to read those types of deliveries.
Even though the pitch is flat, they put a similar impact on the game unlike the finger spinners who completely depend on the dusky and turning tracks. Hence they go futile in the limited overs. With the game advancing, finger spinners are fading away and they are slack-spined in the middle overs due to lack of flight and the dearth of spin in the flat pitches.
Many times we’ve seen the wrist spinners going ineffective because of lack of control over the ball and not pitching in the right areas. Due to lack of control they tend to give away loose deliveries quite often which will ease the batsman’s pressure.
It is very difficult to grip the ball, particularly in the day and night matches where the due comes to play. This is where the temperament of them is tested and the variations which are their advantages will be paid back in spades if they do not land those deliveries in the right spots. Hence, they leak runs and cannot be used as economical bowlers.
The key to pitch it up in the right areas and to grip the ball is nothing, but practicing it and executing the same. But as they say, easier said than done.
Recently in Australia Vs India series, we’ve seen the wrist spinners winning the match for India and we’ve also seen them leaking too many runs and ended in the losing cause.
Thus, wrist spinners should come with a warning “Very conspicuous, use at your own risk. Wrist spinners are subject to match risks”.
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