World Cup 2023 – 5 Spinners to Watch Out for

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The 2023 ODI World Cup in India will be played in batting-friendly conditions. But one thing will come for free – the turn factor. Pitches will favour the batters, but they will also come in handy for the spinners. And this is where the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Adam Zampa will come into play.

We closely look at the five spinners who can exploit the conditions that are on offer in India. 

5 Spinners To Watch Out for in the World Cup 2023

The World Cup 2023 will have plenty of top-quality spinners eager to excel for their respective nation. Here are five spinners who could make the ball talk in Indian conditions: 

  1. Kuldeep Yadav 
  2. Adam Zampa 
  3. Adil Rashid 
  4. Rashid Khan
  5. Shadab Khan 

Let us look at the five spinners in detail: 

Kuldeep Yadav (India):

One thing that stands out for Kuldeep is his resilience. Not many can come back from that beating, which he took in the IPL 2019 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Moeen Ali blasted him for 27 runs in an over. It had three sixes and a couple of boundaries. Kuldeep was so frustrated that he started crying.

Fast forward to 2023, and Kuldeep emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in the three-match ODI series against West Indies. A month later, his life came full circle as he got the nod over Yuzvendra Chahal in India’s ODI World Cup squad.

Kuldeep can be highly effective with his flatter and fuller trajectories and bowl the loopy ones. He will get a good turn and bounce, especially in Lucknow. With 150 wickets in 89 ODIs, this 28-year-old will have to give India breakthroughs in the middle overs.

Adam Zampa (Australia)

Just like Kuldeep, Zampa is Australia’s front-line spinner for the tournament. Zampa can be effective with his flighted ones, bowling them at will under pressure. He has a special delivery that dips, and the variation of pace always gets the batter. 

Zampa is the lead spinner alongside Ashton Agar and part-time spinner Glenn Maxwell. He has played 84 ODIs, picking up 141 wickets in the process, and has picked up four-wicket hauls on eight occasions, with one five-wicket haul to his name. 

Adil Rashid (England)

Adil Rashid was just another player when a brilliance against India changed his life forever. It was the third ODI match between India and England in 2018, and he got rid of Virat Kohli with a brilliant delivery that would crash the top of his off stumps. So terrific was the ball that Kohli stood there in utter disbelief.

The video went viral and established the class of Rashid. He was also doing well previously, but this ball was just pure class. That’s how Rashid became famous among Indian fans, and the leg-spinner has kept up the excellent show since then, playing in 126 games and picking up 184 wickets. He has two five-wicket hauls and eight four-wicket hauls. Rashid has featured in IPL 2021 and 2023 editions. 

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

The Afghanistan spinner may not be a big turner of the ball, but his speed and accuracy make batters wary of him. Rashid Khan will be keen to prove his detractors wrong after a disappointing World Cup 2019, where he only managed six wickets in nine outings.

The six-year IPL experience will likely help him in the World Cup. He has also consistently performed well in Indian pitches over the last few years and would want to pose threatening questions to batters. His pinch-hitting skills are an added advantage to the Afghanistan batting unit.

Shadab Khan (Pakistan):

The all-rounder from Pakistan can be the most strategic spinner in the tournament. Shadab is an excellent lower-middle-order batter and can finish the innings alongside the tail-enders. But this is not why he is on our list.

He is also an excellent turner of the ball. He has played 64 ODIs, picking up 83 wickets. On Indian pitches, he will have a great chance to up the ante. Good turn and bounce will help the 24-year-old take wickets in the middle overs. 

Concluding Thoughts

 Indian pitches have helped batters, but they also favour spinners. That’s why the 2023 ODI World Cup won’t be boring because spinners will come into play in the middle overs. The turn and bounce will help the spinners get wickets, and the middle over will see some crucial breakthroughs.