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Imran Tahir tops as most economical spinner of SA


Imran Tahir has emerged as the most economical spinner of South Africa eclipsing Pat Symcox in the fifth one day international match against New Zealand. In the overall list of bowlers for the Proteas, Tahir became the fourth most economical among all.

Bowling his quota of 10 overs at the Eden Park in the final match of the five match one day series, Imran Tahir conceded only 14 runs to capture 2 wickets. In 1997, Pat Symcox expensed 18 runs to take 2 wickets against Australia. The third in the list of spinners goes to Johan Botha; Botha claimed 4 wickets costing 19 runs against Kenya in 2008.

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In the most economical leg spin bowling history of cricket, Pakistan’s legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir skied high surpassing every others. In 1986, Abdul Qadir figured 4 for 9 against New Zealand with an economy rate of 0.9.

Although quite unknown, Sri Lanka’s Somachandra De Silva is in the second position; with an economy rate of 0.91, Somachandra took 2 wickets conceding 11 runs against New Zealand back in 1983.

One of the all-time greatest leg spinners Shane Warne positioned third in the list; in 1999, Warne took 3 wickets for 11 runs against West Indies – the economy rate was 1.1.

Zimbabwe’s Paul Strang is in the fourth position; in 1997, with an economy rate of 1.3, Strang claim a single wicket conceding 13 run against New Zealand.

And before Imran Tahir in the sixth, Anil Kumble stands in the fifth; in 2001, with an economy rate of 1.4, Kumble took 3 wickets for 14 runs against Kenya.

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