There has always been a debate regarding one big issue — whether fast bowlers are more handy in T20’s or spinners are more useful. The simple answer to this question is the bowler who bowls well and is able to control the batsman is the best bet. But still somewhere at back of our mind we still prefer fast bowlers over spinners in this format.
But in the past few years, there is a certain change in trend as spinners have proved their mettle which has forced the captains to give equal importance to the spinners too. One of the boldest decisions taken in the recent past was when in Caribbean Premier League spinner Sunil Narine was given to bowl the super over for his team. The spinner did not disappoint as he made history by not conceding even a single run in the over.
Now-a-days the captains do not hesitate to straightaway hand over the new cherry to spinners and allow them to roll their arms and take batsmen by surprise. Earlier the captains were reluctant to take this type of risk.
Talking of this year’s IPL, It has been the fast bowlers who have met with success in the early part of the tournament. But as the pitches are going through wear and tear in great heat, the spinners could become more useful in the latter part of the IPL. As of now the spinners have been able to bind the batsmen to control the flow of runs whereas the fast bowlers have been claiming wickets.
Looking at the numbers, it can be said that the fast bowlers have dominated the IPL till now as they have been able to send back as many as 172 batsmen back to the pavilion whereas the spinners have only 79 wickets to their names which is almost half of the fast bowlers’ tally.
But in this format where every run counts, the spinners have been economical as compared to the speedsters as the spinners are bowling with an economy rate of 8.005 whereas it is 8.44 in case of fast bowlers, a small, but significant difference in this format.
Digging some more facts we find that left-arm spinners bowl with an economy rate of 8.10 whereas the right-handers bowl with an economy rate of 7.91.
Like in the case of spinners, there is just minimal difference in economy rate of pacers on the basis of bowling arm, as right-handers have an economy rate of 8.40 whereas left-handers bowls at 8.48/over.
Talking of averages, the left-arm spinners have an average of 41.40 whereas the bowlers with opposite arm have an average of 34.49. The right-arm pacers have an average of 29.59 and the bowlers with other arm have an average of 33.89.
Looking at the numbers, it is evident that fast bowlers are having more say in this year’s IPL and are enjoying more success wicket-wise. There are still 20-odd matches to be played but fast bowlers are much ahead in the race of success as compared to the spinners. But, as the tournament climaxes, spinners too could become more decisive for a team.
(All data and stats till end of Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab on May 1)