Throughout the Champions League T20 2014, we have seen the wrist spinners getting a lot of wickets, be it the right arm leggie or the left arm china man. We have seen it in the other T20 leagues as well especially the Indian Premier League that the wrist spinners have proved to be very effective and it’s surprising. When the slam bang format of the game was evolving, it was said that leg spinners would have no role to play in that. For the first couple of years, the captains were very reluctant to play the leggies in the T20s. The general thinking was that because of their lack of control, the wrist spinners would not be able to contain the batsmen.
But, in T20 cricket, containing the batsmen is not the only thing that you look to do as a captain. Apart from keeping the batsmen down, you also look to take wickets and that’s where having a wrist spinner is a luxury. The first thing with the wrist spinners is that they don’t need a weary pitch to turn the ball as the finger spinners do. Wrist sinners can make the ball the spin even on a belter and secondly, it’s their loop which prompts the batsmen to try and go after them and quite often, the batsmen get deceived.
Well, leg spin is a difficult art and as mentioned above, it’s hard to control a ball on which the spin is being imparted with wrist. There will be days when a wrist spinner bowls only the full tosses or the long hopes and goes for plenty and makes the captain look stupid, but, if he is backed and he is good enough with a big heart, he is going to get wickets on more number of days than not.