5 most underrated Indian spinners
#4 S Venkataraghavan
S Venkataraghavan was a part of the famous Indian spin quartet which also included Bedi, Chandrasekhar and Prasanna. But being the fourth member of the quartet meant he never got as much attention as the other three.
Even his numbers put him fourth on that list. 156 wickets in 57 Tests at an average of 36.12 didn’t do enough justice to the talent he possessed. However, Venkataraghavan was the most accurate among the four and was mostly asked to play a supporting role to the other spinners. Hence, his economy of 2.27 is justified.
The Chennai-born off-spinner’s international record might not be great but he was a force at the domestic and first-class level. He played 341 first-class games and picked up a whopping 1390 wickets which included 85 five-wicket hauls. Thus, Venkataraghavan will go down as one of the best spinners and also one who never got the attention he deserved.Published 10 Nov 2017, 20:27 IST