Leg-spinners have stolen thunder in IPL: Kapil Dev
(Sourced from PTI)
Wrist spinners have become the toast of the Indian Premier League (IPL) so much that a successful off-spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin, too, has been keen to try bowling leg breaks, feels cricket legend Kapil Dev. The 1983 World Cup-winning captain spoke on the sidelines of a live cricket comedy show, which is co-produced by Greymatter Entertainment. Here's more on it.
"Everybody has a different bowling attack. But what we have come to know from the first or second IPL till now, is that the most successful bowler to come out is the leg-spinner," said Kapil Dev. "Even a bowler like Ashwin, he likes to bowl more leg-spin than off spin. That shows the leg-spinners are more successful than anybody else," he added.
In the current edition of the IPL, leg-spinners have been largely successful with Mumbai Indians' rookie Mayank Markande shining in the first three games for his franchise. Sunrisers Hyderabad, too, has a good leg-spinner in Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, while his compatriot Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman is also a wrist spinner who plays under Ashwin. Even the Virat Kohli-led RCB possess a successful leggie in Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kapil said, "From 100 years, it's a batsman's game, it's never been a bowler's game even though in the last 10 years (of the IPL), so many good things have come out from the bowlers - knuckleballs and slow bouncers."