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  • Mohammad Rafique

    18 29.03%
  • Ashley Giles

    17 27.42%
  • Daniel Vettori

    18 29.03%
  • Ray Price

    3 4.84%
  • Other (Please State)

    6 9.68%
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    Who is the Best Left Arm Spinner in the World?

    I would say Rafique for his consistently excellent performances in an otherwise help yourself attack. Giles has done well of late but only for a few matches as part of a very confident, in form attack. Vettori has been a liability against every side except Bangladesh for the last couple of years and Price also deserves to be mentioned..
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    However, talent wise, it's difficult IMO to seperate them.
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    I thought Price would have been more successful than all those but his intl career ended in an abrupt and a sad way. I would rank Giles at present as the best among them , followed by Rafique . Rafique will get more wickets as the other bowlers around him are poor.
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    I'd put them all on an equal footing.
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    On current form, 3 on even footing and Vettori just behind IMO. On general quality, even footing, agree there.
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    Hard to separate GIles and Rafique, but I still voted for the Bangladeshi.
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    Vettori hasn't been a liability!. Vettori hasn't taken wickets but he certainly hasn't been smashed around either..I think it's just a matter of him gaining confidence again.
    He lost confidence in flighting the ball, but he's starting to produce some very good spells again.

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    It's one thing getting it against Bangladesh, but he needs to do it against the better nations though!
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    His last 5wkt bag was against australia, at the WACA of all places, not a lot more that you can do to distinguish yourself as better than average.

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    I thought Vettori bowled well in England without much luck.

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    I voted for Rafique simply because I am proud that he is from Bangladesh. We have never had anyone in the top 20 PWC. Moreover, considering his family's economic disadvantage from childhood, (I actually have read that he had to walk and swim across a river to get to practice), I have a special respect for him. Really hope he is a true inspiration for youngsters. He has also shown humility and exceptional sportsmanship in a world littered with sledging and cheating.

    We need more guys like him not just for his team but for the good of cricket.

    Otherwise, I can also see Giles vying for the same spot as he has managed to be succesful in different conditions.

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    ashley giles or vettori

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    Quote Originally Posted by V Reddy
    Rafique will get more wickets as the other bowlers around him are poor.
    Thats exactly right, the next best bowling average behind rafique in the current bangladeshi lineup is tapash baishya who averages 52 in test cricket and less than 2 wickets a match, who else is supposed to get the wickets ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    It's one thing getting it against Bangladesh, but he needs to do it against the better nations though!
    Which is proven against his superior Test record against Australia (better then his own Test record) and has done well v Sri Lanka IIRC.

    If Giles took 6 wickets v Bangladesh you probably wouldn't stop praising him since your his number 1 fan.
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