Spin is not just a style of bowling, it is an art form, and one notoriously difficult to get absolutely correct. Spinners beguile batsmen into unplayable shots, turn the ball in defiance of physics, and it can confound even the best, most experienced of cricketers.
Here, we take a look at 5 of the best spinners who were revolutionaries in the art in their own way:
The former Sri Lankan skipper, usually the picture of calm on the field like his one-time teammate and successor Kumar Sangakkara, was more known for being a swashbuckling batsman and leading his side from the front. Indeed, over a career spanning 22 years, Jayasuriya amassed 13,430 runs from 433 innings.
But Jayasuriya is still the third-highest wicket taker for the nation, and a talented left-arm spin bowler. He took 323 wickets in the 50-over format, with four 5-wicket hauls.
He once took six wickets in a One-day international, ending with figures of 6/29 during England's tour of Sri Lanka in Moratuwa in 1993.