6 modern day wrist spinners who turn googlies more than leg-breaks
As the game of cricket slowly moved into an entertainment-oriented phase, many feared that the art of wrist spin would struggle for its existence. But not only has it survived, it now rules the roost in the modern day game.
Wrist spinners are known to be the bravest cricketers as they master a skill that is very difficult to execute consistently. They are the need of the hour for every team that wants to do well, especially in the limited overs format.
There are many facets to the art of wrist spin, but the two most important elements of this art are the leg-break and the googly.
Conventionally, leg-break is considered to be the stock ball and googly is used as a surprising element in between to mix things up by majority of wrist spinners. But there are few wrist spinners that are able to extract far more turn from googly than the conventional leg break. Let us have a look at six such bowlers.
#1 Piyush Chawla
When he burst onto the scene in 2006, Piyush Chawla was regarded as the next big thing in Indian cricket.
The leggie has the perfect speed to bowl wrist spin at which the batsmen find it hard to come down the track. But very rarely does he spin the leg break, thus it is fair to say that googly is his stock delivery.
As his career has progressed, Chawla has tried to bowl the leg break by slowing down his pace but googly remains his prime wicket-taking option. Chawla's career might not have flourished the way it should have, but he continues to be a genuine wicket-taking option in the Indian domestic circuit.