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5 overseas spinners who could have become legends if they had played for India

Ram Kumar
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#4 Paul Strang (Zimbabwe)

Paul Strang
Strang's easily repeatable action helped him generate extravagant turn on even non-responsive surfaces

In sharp contrast to the current lineup, Zimbabwe was a strong team during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Filled with numerous flamboyant stars who became household names, the team pulled off numerous victories against the traditional powerhouses of the game.

With his alluring leg-spin and affable demeanour, Paul Strang was one of those highly entertaining players who put Zimbabwe on the cricket map.

Extra Cover: The Zimbabwe team that reached the Super Six of the 1999 World Cup - Where are they now?

A conventional action helped Paul Strang generate massive turn on a wide variety of pitches. Enormous flight and accompanying dip made him a consistent wicket-taker across both Tests and ODIs.

However, his career was restricted to just 119 appearances in the international arena. If only he had access to accomplished Indian spin coaches, Strang could have had an extended run at the highest level and consequently picked up a lot more wickets.

Statistics

Tests - 70 wickets from 24 matches at an average of 36.02 and strike-rate of 81.7; four five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul

ODIs - 96 wickets from 95 matches at an average of 33.05 and economy-rate of 4.37; two five-wicket hauls

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