The factors of choice for this staff are quite simple.
To be thought-about, a participant will need to have at the very least one first rate spell of left-arm spin bowling (orthodox or the left-arm wrist spinner selection) in his Take a look at profession.
And, in fact, he should bat left-handed.
So, that is my staff:
Simon Katich (Australia)
A gentle however unspectacular middle-order bat, Katich transformed himself right into a extremely profitable Take a look at opener late in his profession. And eight of his ten take a look at a whole lot got here as an opener. He might simply have doubled his tally of Take a look at a whole lot, as he had 11 scores between 80 and 99 with two efforts to verify his membership within the 99 membership.
He took solely 21 wickets in Checks, however his common of 30 means that he was under-bowled by the Australian skippers. His finest figures of 6 for 65 helped Aus win at SCG in opposition to Zimbabwe in October 2003. Apparently, Brad Hogg additionally performed on this match and the SCG crowd had the uncommon alternative of watching two left-arm wrist spinners bowling in tandem.
Wilfred Rhodes (England)
Whereas Katich was a case of a center order bat changing into a profitable opener, Rhodes the Yorkshire man was a case of a quantity 11 ending his profession as an opener for the Poms. He scored two Take a look at a whole lot, each as openers: 179 at MCG in early 1912 was adopted by 152 at Jo’Bo in late 1913.
As his batting improved, his effectiveness as a left-arm orthodox spinner declined a bit. However, he nonetheless completed with 127 Take a look at wickets at a formidable common of 27.
Salim Durani (India)
Vinoo Mankad from Jamnagar, often known as Nawanagar was India’s first world-class left-arm spinner. In actual fact, he was a real all-rounder however sadly, he batted right-handed. So I’ve picked the Afghan-born Durani.
Although he was born in Kabul, he grew up at Jamnagar the place his father, a wicketkeeper, performed for the Nawanagar staff alongside Mankad.
Durani was the hero with the ball in India’s 2-Zero sequence victory over Ted Dexter’s England within the 1961-62 sequence. After three drawn Checks, India received the final two Checks at Calcutta and Madras with Durani taking 18 wickets in two Checks. At Madras, he had his career-best Take a look at figures of 10 for 177.
However, maybe his most well-known bowling effort got here on the Queen’s Park Oval in early 1971. After the Indian spinners restricted the WI staff to solely 214 on opening day, a tremendous hundred from Dilip Sardesai helped India to a 138 run first-innings lead.
However by the tip of the third day, the house facet had recovered reaching 1-150. To make matter worse for India, Erapalli Prasanna, India’s important spinner, had injured himself within the area and was unable to bowl anymore.
This known as for a larger presence within the bowling crease for Durani, and he responded to the decision beautifully. He dismissed Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers early on the fourth day to regain the initiative for India which led to a historic seven-wicket win.
In actual fact, within the staff dinner within the earlier night, Durani had claimed that he would dismiss Lloyd and Sobers the following day.
He was a lovely left-hand batter however he by no means achieved the anticipated consistency. He regularly moved up and down the order earlier than ending his profession with a mean of 25. His solely Take a look at hundred got here at Port of Spain in 1962, curiously, this time WI received by seven wickets.
Allan Border (Australia)
The house facet began the 1988-89 sequence in opposition to WI with excessive hopes. Whereas nobody anticipated them to regain the Sir Frank Worrell trophy, most Aussie followers anticipated their staff to provide a greater present than 1984.
By the tip of the primary day’s play within the opening Take a look at at Gabba, all of the hopes had grow to be an phantasm because the Windies unleashed their latest quick bowling machine, Curtly Ambrose. Whereas, Courtney Walsh, his would-be companion in crime within the 90s, took a hat-trick on the Gabba, it was Ambrose together with his relentless again of the size bowling who tormented the Aussie prime order.
By the point the fourth Take a look at began at SCG on the Australia day, 1989, the sequence was already over. However the trustworthy Aussie followers who turned up at SCG on the day loved a memorable expertise, as AB, the Aussie captain, took centre stage with the ball.
He took 7 for 46 as Windies collapsed from 1-144 to 224 all out, He took Four for 50 within the 2ndd innings; and in addition contributed with the bat within the seven-wicket win. He was the apparent alternative for the MOM award.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Shakib might be described because the Vinoo Mankad of Bangladesh. In actual fact, in a way, he has surpassed the Indian legend. Whereas Mankad solely had probabilities to play the longer variations of the sport, Al Hasan has proved himself to be a champion of cricket in all three variations of the sport.
As a left-arm finger spinner, he largely bowls quick and flat in restricted over matches. He makes use of the arm ball effectively, choosing up a number of LBW choices.
He bowls in a extra orthodox method in Take a look at matches. He offers the ball extra flight and will get prodigious activates useful tracks. He already has two ten-wicket hauls in Take a look at cricket.
As a batsman, he averages nearly 40 in Checks. He likes the sq. of the wicket photographs, particularly within the offside. These photographs have introduced him plenty of runs, however he has been dismissed trying these as effectively.
Sir Gary Sobers (WI)
The highest all-rounders in Take a look at cricket might be labeled into two classes: the good ones and (above them) Sir Gary Sobers.
Statistically, Jacques Kallis is the one one who comes near him, however then Kallis by no means entertained the gang together with his batting the way in which Sobers did.
Sobers had two types of batting. Relying on his temper, he would flay the opposition bowling with or with none footwork.
And on the subject of bowling, nobody can match his versatility. He might bowl left-arm medium tempo, left-arm orthodox spin and the left-arm wrist spinner selection.
Right here on this staff, he could be required to open the bowling.
Jimmy Adams (WI) (wicketkeeper)
Whereas the Jamaican by no means saved wickets in a Take a look at match, he actually did so with a excessive diploma of effectivity in ODI cricket.
As a batsman, he loved a Don Bradman-like common of 87 after 12 Checks. However issues evened out after that and he completed his 54-match Take a look at profession with a mean of 41. He was an environment friendly and orthodox batsman however regardless of coming from Jamaica, he didn’t present the aptitude of Lawrence Rowe and Jeff Dujon in his batting.
Throughout the 1994-95 tour to India, he proved himself to be a tremendous participant of spin bowling, though his frequent use of the pads as the primary line of defence typically appeared too monotonous. And it prompted Henry Blofeld to name him ‘Jimmy Padams’.
Proper from the start of his Take a look at profession he confirmed the power to bat effectively with the tail-enders, cleverly manipulating the strike. This was important for his staff as following the retirement of Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Dujon, the Windies batting regularly appeared a bit susceptible.
In his debut Take a look at at Bridgetown in 1992, he loved success with each bat and ball. He took Four for 43 together with his gradual left-armers within the SA first innings after which scored a significant 79 not out within the WI 2nd innings. However, he was used sparingly as a bowler in Checks and ended up with solely 27 wickets.
His solely five-wicket haul in a Take a look at, 5 for 17, got here at Bridgetown in 1996 in opposition to the Kiwis.
Michael Bevan (Australia)
He produced an nearly good replay of the Border’s SCG efforts eight years later. The primary variations being that this time the Adelaide Oval was the venue and Bevan was picked as a frontline spinner. And, in fact, he bowled the left-arm wrist spinner selection.
With the Adelaide Oval pitch anticipated to provide flip, the Australian selectors determined to drop a specialist seamer and add spin help for Shane Warne. They picked Bevan, however as an alternative of enjoying the supporting function, he took over the principle function.
He adopted his 4-31 within the first innings with 6-82 within the second. He additionally contributed 85 not-out with the bat as the house facet outplayed their opponents to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.
Bevan was adjudged the MOM and this Take a look at was the spotlight of his brief 18 match Take a look at profession.
Ravindra Jadeja (India)
Jadeja now carries the lengthy custom of Saurashtra in producing high quality left-arm spinners. He, in fact, he’s an all-rounder.
Whereas folks have scoffed at his Ranji trophy triple-hundred, his Take a look at batting common of 35 can’t be ignored. His bowling common 24 is best than many extra illustrious gradual bowlers.
He actually advantages from enjoying a number of his matches in turning tracks, however he deserves larger accolades as a top-class Take a look at all-rounder.
Alan Davidson (Australia)
The NSW all-rounder led the Aussie tempo assault within the post-Keith Miller/Ray Lindwall period. However the state of affairs required him to strive left-arm wrist spin at Kanpur in 1959, and being the genius that he was, he succeeded on this function as effectively.
The Aussies went into this second Take a look at of the sequence 1-Zero forward they usually established early dominance. The house facet was bowled out for under 152 within the first innings with Davidson and skipper Richie Renaud doing the harm.
However then Jasu Patel, the Gujarat offie, began the Indian fight-back. He took 9 for 69 as Australia was restricted to 219 all-out. Patel cleverly exploited the roughs exterior the right-handers’ off stump created by Davidson bowling left-arm over the wicket on opening day.
Sadly for Australia, the staff didn’t have any specialist off-spinner as Keith Slater, the Western Australia offie, was not noted of the touring staff. Neil Harvey bowled some part-time off-spin, taking 1 for 35; nevertheless it was Davidson who did the best harm bowling left-arm wrist spinner selection.
He ran via the Indian batting order taking seven for 93, however left-hander Nari Contractor held agency scoring 74 and India ultimately received by 119 runs, their first-ever Take a look at success in opposition to the Aussies.
Apparently, Davison’s match figures of 12 for 124 right here was his finest in Take a look at matches.
Rangana Herath (SL)
After a string of all-rounders in my staff; I made a decision to incorporate a specialist left-arm spinner within the quantity 11 slot. And Herath, the Sri Lankan, totally deserves it. After enjoying the help function to Muttiah Muralitharan in the course of the early interval of his profession, Herath turned SL’s important spinner following the retirement of the good one.
And he completed his Take a look at profession with greater than 400 wickets. The Lankan administration rightly didn’t overuse him in restricted over cricket and letting him consider his Take a look at performances.
Whereas he typically appeared unplayable on turning tracks, he additionally regularly impressed in much less beneficial spin bowling circumstances. He used his variation of tempo and flight effectively and he additionally possessed that thriller supply, the one which got here into the right-hander at tempo.
12th man: Karsan Ghavri
Daniel Vettori most likely deserved this spot extra, however I made a decision to strengthen my opening bowling choices. With 109 wickets in 39 Checks, Ghavri was the second Indian medium-pacer after Kapil Dev to take greater than 100 Take a look at wickets.
Normally although, he by no means loved a lot success as a tempo bowler in Checks. Most likely, his most beneficial contribution as a brand new ball bowler got here in his penultimate Take a look at match. On the fourth night of the MCG Take a look at of 1981; his dismissals of John Dyson and Greg Chappell in successive deliveries ultimately led to an Australian collapse, which noticed Indian snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Apparently, Ghavri’s finest bowling figures got here as left-arm spinner. Within the remaining Take a look at of the 1976-77 sequence at Mumbai, England needing 214 for victory, made begin within the fourth innings reaching 2-86. India’s issues had been compounded by the truth that skipper Bishan Singh Bedi had an damage in his bowling arm.
BS Chandrasekhar was unusually costly and bowled simply 4 overs. Erapalli Prasanna was correct, however he was missing the killer venom of his heydays.
It was the introduction of Ghavri as a gradual left-arm spinner that utterly modified the complexion of the match. He ran via the England center order taking 5 for 33, however sadly there wasn’t sufficient help from the opposite finish. England completed at 7-152, drawing the match to clinch the sequence 3-1.
Apparently, Ghavri shared the brand new ball with Sunil Gavaskar on this match.
Ghavri was born in Rajkot (Saurashtra) and represented each Saurashtra and Bombay within the Ranji trophy.
Honourable mentions: Bobby Peel (England), Bert Ironmonger (Australia), Iqbal Qasim (Pakistan), Dilip Doshi (India), Daniel Vettori (NZ).