Rajasthan Royals with the standout spin attack as we look at the rating and ranking of the Spinners of all 10 teams for IPL 2023.
After a gap of 3 years, the Indian Premier League is returning to its original Home and Away format in India. This means, Spinners, who have been the most successful bowlers in IPL history will once again have the focus that they had been getting since its inception.
Be it the Chennai fortress, Delhi’s slow-and-low pitches, or Bangalore’s pacey wickets, the spinners will be in focus. Almost every team has a set of 2-3 quality spinners in their side that will reap the huge benefits as the tournament progresses and pitches become slower.
Given the quality of spinners in the tournament, let’s find out which team has the best spin attack for IPL 2023. As usual, we will look at the ranking and rating of the spinners of all 10 teams for IPL 2023 basis our unique and trusted methodology as defined below.
- Spinners are classified as two Solid Spinners, Primary backup Spinners, and Secondary backup Spinners
- To remove the biases or perceptions, all Spinners are relatively rated on a scale of 10 with respect to the benchmark spinner. The last three IPL performance and current International / Domestic form are considered for evaluation with more weightage being given to IPL.
Benchmark Spinner for IPL 2023: Rashid Khan
Alright then, let’s look at the best Spinners ranking and rating of each team for IPL 2023.
Spinners Ranking and Rating for IPL 2023:
#10: Mumbai Indians – 6.54
Two Solid Spinners for MI: Piyush Chawla & Kumar Kartikeya
Primary Backup Spinners for MI: Hrithik Shokeen & Shams Mulani
Secondary Backup Spinners for MI: Raghav Goyal & Tilak Varma
It should not come as a surprise as Mumbai Indians find themselves at the number 10 position for their spin attack with a rating of 6.54. Given that they play 7 matches at Wankhede, they are one team that hardly invests in spinners. This is also evident from the fact that they have an off-the-prime Piyush Chawla as their best spinner at a rating of 7.75.
Other than Chawla, Mumbai Indians have an inexperienced bunch of spinners. The likes of which include Kumar Kartikeya at 6.25, Hrithik Shokeen and Shams Mulani at 5.5, and Tilak Varma and Raghav Goyal at 5. While MI shall mostly need one spinner in the squad, if at all they play 2, it would be Kumar Kartikeya and Piyush Chawla.
#9: Punjab Kings – 7.81
Two Solid Spinners for PBKS: Rahul Chahar & Liam Livingstone
Primary Backup Spinners for PBKS: Harpreet Brar & Sikandar Raza
Secondary Backup Spinners for PBKS: Atharva Taide & Mohit Rathee
Even as Punjab Kings find themselves at the number 9 position, they have a much better spin attack than MI seeing their rating is 7.81. The team has Rahul Chahar as their best spinner, who has a rating of 9.25. However, other than Chahar, the rest are either part-timers or inexperienced spinners. Following Chahar is Liam Livingstone at a rating of 7.5, Harpreet Brar at 7, and Sikandar Raza at 6.75.
#8: Kolkata Knight Riders – 7.88
Two Solid Spinners for KKR: Sunil Narine & Shakib Al Hasan
Primary Backup Spinners for KKR: Varun Chakravarthy & Anukul Roy
Secondary Backup Spinners for KKR: Suyash Sharma
Number 8 sees KKR with a rating of 7.88 in the spinners category. They definitely have good top 3 spinners, but have problems of their own. Sunil Narine, their best spinner with a rating of 8.5 isn’t his old self. Shakib at 8.25 is a good bowler, but isn’t much suited for T20s. Whereas Chakravarthy at 8 is out of form. Other than these three, there are two more decent options in the form of Anukul Roy and Suyash Sharma.
#7: Delhi Capitals – 8.00
Two Solid Spinners for DC: Kuldeep Yadav & Axar Patel
Primary Backup Spinners for DC: Lalit Yadav & Pravin Dubey
Secondary Backup Spinners for DC: Vicky Ostwal
At number 7, we have the Delhi Capitals team with a rating of 8 in the spinners category. Delhi have a good spin duo with Kuldeep Yadav being their best spinner at a rating of 9.5 and Axar Patel being a good second spinner with a rating of 8.25. However, that’s about it for Delhi as the other three spinners, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, and Vicky Ostwal are more of part-time options.
#6: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 8.17
Two Solid Spinners for SRH: Adil Rashid & Washington Sundar
Primary Backup Spinners for SRH: Akeal Hosein, Abhishek Sharma & Mayank Markande
Secondary Backup Spinners for SRH: Abdul Samad & Glenn Phillips
Coming to number 6, we have the Sunrisers Hyderabad with a rating of 8.17 in the spinners category. SRH have Adil Rashid and Washington Sundar as their best spin duo with a rating of 9 and 8.5 respectively. Other than these two, SRH can rely upon Akeal Hosein (7.75) and Mayank Markande (6.5). There are three more part-time options in the form of Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, and Glenn Phillips.
#5: Lucknow Super Giants – 8.17
Two Solid Spinners for LSG: Ravi Bishnoi & Krunal Pandya
Primary Backup Spinners for LSG: Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda & Krishnappa Gowtham
Secondary Backup Spinners for LSG: Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma & Swapnil Singh
At number 5, we have the Lucknow Super Giants with a rating of 8.17 in the spinners category. Lucknow have a decent mix of experience and youth in their spinners. Ravi Bishnoi is their best spinner with a rating of 9.25. Following him are Krunal Pandya at 8.25 and Amit Mishra at 7.75.
Mishra has been an IPL legend, but his low rating is the fact that he has hardly played IPL in the last few years. Other than Mishra, LSG have good part-time options in the form of Deepak Hooda at 6.5, Kriahnappa Gowtham at 6.25, Ayush Badoni at 5.25, Karan Sharma at 5.25, and Swapnil Singh at 5.
#4: Gujarat Titans – 8.17
Two Solid Spinners for GT: Rashid Khan & R Sai Kishore
Primary Backup Spinners for GT: Jayant Yadav & Rahul Tewatia
Secondary Backup Spinners for GT: Noor Ahmad & B Sai Sudharsan
Coming to number 4, we have the Gujarat Titans with a rating of 8.17 in the spinners category. GT have a similar rating as LSG, but with Rashid Khan, the benchmark spinner there, they get a better ranking. Apart from Rashid, GT have a decent bunch of spinners with R Sai Kishore at 7.5, Jayant Yadav at 7.25, Rahul Tewatia at 7.25, Noor Ahmed at 6.75, and B Sai Sudharshan at 5.25.
#3: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8.21
Two Solid Spinners for RCB: Wanindu Hasaranga & Shahbaz Ahmed
Primary Backup Spinners for RCB: Glenn Maxwell & Karn Sharma
Secondary Backup Spinners for RCB: Mahipal Lomror & Himanshu Singh
Coming to the top 3, we have the Royal Challengers Bangalore at number 3 with a rating of 8.21 in the spinners category. RCB have Wanindu Hasaranga as their best spinner with a rating of 9.75. However, other than Hasaranga, RCB have decent options in the form of Shahbaz Ahmed at 8, Karn Sharma at 7.25, and Maxwell at 7.
#2: Chennai Super Kings – 8.81
Two Solid Spinners for CSK: Maheesh Theekshana & Mitchell Santner
Primary Backup Spinners for CSK: Ravindra Jadeja & Moeen Ali
Secondary Backup Spinners for CSK: Prashant Solanki & Ajay Mandal
Finally, the top 2 fight. It’s almost neck-and-neck between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, but CSK fall marginally short with a rating of 8.81. CSK have Maheesh Theekshana and Mitchell Santner as their best spinners with rating of 9.5 and 8.75 respectively.
CSK have always been a spin-centric team given the spin-friendly conditions of Cheapuk. Other than Theekshana and Santner, CSK have two more good spinners in the form of Ravindra Jadeja at 8.5 and Moeen Ali at 8. With these four strong options, CSK are able to get a rating of 8.81 in the spinners category.
#1: Rajasthan Royals – 8.83
Two Solid Spinners for RR: Yuzvendra Chahal & Ravichandran Ashwin
Primary Backup Spinners for RR: Adam Zampa & Murugan Ashwin
Secondary Backup Spinners for RR: KC Kariappa
Finally, only marginally, but Rajasthan Royals lead the spin attack amount all teams with a rating of 8.83. RR have three super spin options in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal at 9.75, Ravichandran Ashwin at 9, and Adam Zampa at 8.75. Two of these three should definitely feature in all their playing 11. In addition, RR have decent backup options in the form of Murugan Ashwin at 6.75 and KC Kariappa at 5.75.
So. that’s about the Spinners’ ranking and rating for IPL 2023. Overall, Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Wanindu Hasaranga form the top 3 Spinners in IPL 2023.
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