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    Best Indian spinner ever? 85940384

    As a far of spin bowling, I enjoy studying the likes of Warne, Murali, O'Rielly, Grimmett and Laker, Benaud, Quadir, Mushtaq etc. But when it comes to Indian spin bowlers I really don't know much about them or who the best was. So I thought I'd ask:

    Who is the greatest Indian spin bowler ever?

    I'm guessing the names mentioned will be...

    Gupte
    Bedi
    Chandra
    Kumble

    I want plenty of Indian's posting in this thread!

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    It's not really possible to know - quite possibly it was Subhush Gupte, but his figures don't do him justice because he didn't have the cordon Bedi-Chandra-Prasanna-Venkat did.
    Suffice to say all were very, very fine bowlers - at home.
    Few were that good away, aside possibly from Chandra.
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    Suffice to say all were very, very fine bowlers - at home.
    Seems to be a thing with sub-continent bowlers my English brother. Away from the sub-continent they aren't as effective. I like Kumble, but he wouldn't make my list.

    If I were to take a wild stupid guess I'd say Gupte. But I'd never try and argue it because I don't like assumptions.

    I should add that Bedi was the only to make the top 50 on ESPN's Legends of Cricket.

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    It sounds like India had a nice variety of bowlers actually. Bedi was apparently brilliant at flighting the ball and used that to his advanatage. Gupte apparently wasn't easy to pick and was similar to the original South African googily-bowlers of Hobbs' time. Don't know much about Chandra, but he gave King Viv some trouble once.


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    Erapalli Prasanna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    Erapalli Prasanna.
    From what I have read, most of the Aussies who played against some of the best Indian spinners rate Prasanna No 1. I know Chappelli and Stackpole both put him in their all time World 11s.
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    From what I have read, most of the Aussies who played against some of the best Indian spinners rate Prasanna No 1. I know Chappelli and Stackpole both put him in their all time World 11s.
    He was outstanding. If the umpires gave leg before to batsmen sticking out their front leg and getting hit on it as they do now, he would have had zillions of wickets. Most players had no clue how to handle him and just kept thrusting their left leg out and getting doubtful benefits which were so common those days.

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    Sobers recently said that Gupte was the greatest spinner ever, even better than Warne.

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    As for the question, I don't know, but what's with the random numbers in the thread title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Baconator
    As for the question, I don't know, but what's with the random numbers in the thread title?

    Total number of overs bowled by Indian Spinners in the history of the game ?

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    Kumble is EASILY the best I have seen from India.
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    of the quartet, prasanna....followed by chandra, bedi and venkat for me.....as for kumble, would rate above venkat and maybe bedi but prasanna, chandra and gupte, i doubt it....

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    What is it about Bedi that resulted in him being so widely revered above the others? I've done as much reading as possible, but this question always stumps me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    What is it about Bedi that resulted in him being so widely revered above the others? I've done as much reading as possible, but this question always stumps me.
    no one who has posted so far has rated bedi above the others....

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