While I agree current leg spinners rely a lot on variation - and they are nearly absent from tests - as for the 'big ripping leg break' some months ago I watched a very famous performance that rather confirmed a view I'd been building for some time.I do think leggies coming through are more likely to rely on variations and deceit than big ripping leg breaks, which is probably due to a mix of DRS and that style being more useful in T20 cricket...
Have never heard this about Grimmett. From all accounts he didn’t spin the ball anywhere near as much as Mailey and took most of his wickets with a straighter ball bowled with unerring accuracy.Big ripping leg breaks is a rarity to start with. From the past i can only think of Grimmet and Gupte who spun it big.
However 80s and 90s produced Qadir, Mushtaq, Warne, MacGill and Chandana all spun it pretty sharply. That is more than the grand total.
And among finger spinners Rajesh Chauhan spun it the most. He was rivalling Murali some times.
Chandana spun it square in test matches when he slowed it and looped it. In ODIs he bowled wicket to wicket, but did bowl some gems. The on in Singer cup to Bevan was one of the best. Asoka de Silva was Kumble like, and bit slower too.I dont recall Chandana being a big turner, unless I'm mixing up in my head with Asoka de Silva, who was the king of the straight leg rollers.
Anecdotes mention that the non striker could hear the hum of the ball spinning when Grimmett bowled. Only Murali and Warne has been associated with such feat since. It is difficult to fathom when a bowler spins it that hard it goes straight, unless he preferentially bowled top spin deliveries. That is unlikely because Grimmet is said to have a very good flipper. Flipper will not be effective unless your stock ball spins appreciably (like Warne or Qadir), or tops 10-15k speed as Kumble's.Have never heard this about Grimmett. From all accounts he didn’t spin the ball anywhere near as much as Mailey and took most of his wickets with a straighter ball bowled with unerring accuracy.