10 Best Part Time Bowlers in the Cricket Right Now

#10 Kedar Jadhav

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Kedar Mahadev Jadhav is a Millennial born from Maharashtra is an attacking middle-order batsman, bowls right-arm off-break and keeps as well. He came into the limelight after his first IPL 50 in the first match played for Delhi Daredevils off 29 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2010.

Jadhav is a decent part-time off spinner as well and he is considered to have the golden-arm. Infact his bowling has improved after Mahendra Singh Dhoni used him for the first time as a surprise option in an ODI against New Zealand in 2016.

However, Jadhav attributes his golden-touch to not bowling much in the nets, for fear of tampering with something that doesn’t need fixing.

Bowling Averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 48 26 803 651 22 29.6 4.86 37 0 0 0
T20Is 9
First-class 76 14 215 153 1 153 4.26 215 0 0 0
List A 139 37 995 862 25 34.5 5.19 40 0 0 0
Twenty20 105 4 60 88 4 22 8.8 15 0 0 0

#​9 Travis Head

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Travis Michael Head an Australian cricketer, is a left-handed middle-order batsman and a part-time bowler. He made his debut for his country back in January 2016.

Head bowls right arm off spin and even though he doesn’t look like the most dangerous bowler, but he can slow down the game a bit if the opposition looks particularly menacing.

Head has taken 12 wickets in 28 ODIs at an economy rate of 5.59, which is good for a part-time bowler. In T20 cricket his economy rate is on the higher side (8.33) and he would need to work on it if he wants to be considered a worthy part-timer bowler.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 6 5 66 45 0 4.09 0 0 0
ODIs 42 26 765 737 12 2/22 2/22 61 5.78 63.7 0 0 0
T20Is 16 3 24 39 1 1/16 1/16 39 9.75 24 0 0 0
First-class 80 85 3698 2361 36 3/42 4/64 66 3.83 103 0 0 0
List A 87 44 1158 1129 20 2/9 2/9 56 5.84 57.9 0 0 0
T20s 69 30 307 448 17 3/16 3/16 26 8.75 18 0 0 0

#8 Glenn Maxwell

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Glenn James Maxwell is an Australian all-rounder cricketer, started cricketing career playing for Victoria in the Twenty20 Big Bash in 2010. Currently plays ODI and Twenty20 cricket for Australia.

Maxwell bowls right-arm off break at steady pace with no-nonsense off-spin and tries to bowl as accurately as possible so as to keep the runs in check.

In the ODIs, he has an economy rate of 5.53 and has claimed 45 wickets in 80 matches with spectacular strike rate of 41.9. He doesn’t bowl much in Test matches but he does roll his arm over from time to time in T20 cricket.

Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 9 462 341 8 4/127 4/127 43 4.42 57.7 1 0 0
ODIs 87 66 1978 1844 45 4/46 4/46 41 5.59 43.9 2 0 0
T20Is 57 40 564 704 26 3/10 3/10 27 7.48 21.6 0 0 0
First-class 61 89 4655 2660 60 4/42 5/66 44 3.42 77.5 2 0 0
List A 148 109 3360 3012 78 4/46 4/46 39 5.37 43 2 0 0
T20s 228 148 1845 2413 77 3/10 3/10 31 7.84 23.9 0 0 0

#7 Kraigg Brathwaite

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Kraigg Clairmonte Brathwaite is a Barbadian cricketer who plays internationally for the West Indies. He bats right-handed and occasionally bowls right arm off break.

Brathwaite was in the news recently after his bowling action and is a steady off-spinner, who accurately lands the ball in right areas and rest allowing the pitch to do. His best bowling figure in a test innings is 6/29 in a Test in Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval, Colombo in 2015.

The ICC said that the amount of elbow extension in Brathwaite’s delivers was well within the allowed level of tolerance under the world body regulation.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 53 33 1749 964 17 6/29 6/29 57 3.3 103 0 1 0
ODIs 10 5 152 140 1 1/56 1/56 140 5.52 152 0 0 0
First-class 135 67 2369 1242 25 6/29 6/29 50 3.14 94.7 0 1 0
List A 53 19 528 411 6 1/6 1/6 69 4.67 88 0 0 0

#​6 Kane Williamson

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Kane Stuart Williamson is a New Zealand international cricketer who is presently a captain of New Zealand cricket team. Williamson is a right-handed batsman and an occasional off spin bowler and is considered as one of the best batsmen of the current generation. Although he is a part time bowler but that has proved an added advantage to the team’s bowling attack.

Williamson has a epitome bowling action and is often able to extract turn, while his bowling action is so good that keeps the loose balls to a bare minimum. Williamson is very difficult to negotiate and he proved it on number of occasions.

Williamson has taken 29 wickets in Tests with average of 38.93 & 33 in ODIs with average of 35.6. His score is really impressive and in fact, one can guess whether he can become a full-time off-spinner for New Zealand.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 70 60 2067 1150 29 4/44 4/44 39.65 3.33 71.2 1 0 0
ODIs 131 62 1347 1222 35 4/22 4/22 34.91 5.44 38.4 1 0 0
T20Is 54 12 118 164 6 2/16 2/16 27.33 8.33 19.6 0 0 0
First-class 137 135 6540 3664 85 5/75 5/59 43.1 3.36 76.9 1 1 0
List A 192 96 2636 2295 65 5/51 5/51 35.3 5.22 40.5 1 1 0
T20s 166 53 758 885 30 3/33 3/33 29.5 7 25.2 0 0 0

#5 Kieron Pollard

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Kieron Adrian Pollard plays for the West Indies. An aggressive all-rounder, Pollard is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and big-hitting batsman in the middle order.

Pollard plays an important role for his team’s bowling unit. His dynamism gives a fast bowler look but when he bowls on a slow pace, it becomes impossible to play and if the pitch is on the slower side, then it is next to impossible to play and that really knocks your socks off. He mixes it up as well and often changes the length by bowling from a few feet away from the crease.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 101 70 2044 1956 50 3/27 3/27 39.12 5.74 40.8 0 0 0
T20Is 59 38 510 710 23 3/30 3/30 30.86 8.35 22.1 0 0 0
First-class 27 24 811 436 14 5/36 5/40 31.14 3.22 57.9 0 1 0
List A 138 92 2655 2447 85 4/32 4/32 28.78 5.52 31.2 1 0 0
T20s 435 290 4522 6175 256 4/15 4/15 24.12 8.19 17.6 5 0 0

#4 Joe Root

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Joseph Edward Root is an English international cricketer who is the current captain of the England Test team. He is Right-arm off break, right-arm leg break bowler.

Root is preferred over others to bowl few overs by captain when there is no other option seems to be perfect. His classic right-arm off break favors team to u-turn the opposition’s game.He has an economy rate of 5.66 in ODIs which is perfectly admissible for a part-timer and Root should try and emerge as one of the best part-time bowlers in world cricket.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 77 68 1878 939 20 2/9 2/9 46.95 3 93.9 0 0 0
ODIs 121 60 1342 1299 20 3/52 3/52 64.95 5.8 67.1 0 0 0
T20Is 28 9 84 139 6 2/9 2/9 23.16 9.92 14 0 0 0
First-class 134 122 3523 1793 40 4/5 4/5 44.82 3.05 88 1 0 0
List A 160 85 1929 1798 34 3/52 3/52 52.88 5.59 56.7 0 0 0
T20s 67 30 258 408 10 2/9 2/9 40.8 9.48 25.8 0 0 0

#3 Chris Gayle

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Christopher Henry Gayle is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies.Gayle captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010.He bats left handed and bowls right-arm off break.

Gayle’s used to bowl most regularly for West Indies but now he bowls only when captain feels his bowling will change the game. Gayle’s fast off-break does not spin much but he bowls so accurately that often makes him hard to score against. He has a superbly acceptable economy rate of 4.76 in ODIs  and 7 in T20 Internationals.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 103 104 7109 3120 73 5/34 6/81 42.73 2.63 97.3 2 2 0
ODIs 284 194 7322 5831 165 5/46 5/46 35.33 4.77 44.3 3 1 0
T20Is 56 23 319 377 17 2/15 2/15 22.17 7.09 18.7 0 0 0
First-class 180 12511 5194 132 4/34 39.34 2.49 94.7 2 0
List A 356 9598 7285 227 5/46 5/46 32.09 4.55 42.2 4 1 0
T20s 357 128 1897 2387 79 4/22 4/22 30.21 7.54 24 2 0 0

#2 Marlon Samuels

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Marlon Nathaniel Samuels is a Jamaican cricketer who plays internationally for the West Indies in all three formats. He is a right-handed middle order batsman and an off-spinner.

There were many part time bowlers in West Indies in past decade but not as best as Samuels and he is probably the best and his bowling has given a new dimension to team’s attack. He is one of those rare spin bowlers who can actually bowl yorkers.

Samuels has bigger contribution in few overs and his exact, fairly quick off-spin bowling is very tough to get away. An economy rate of 4.81 in 190 One dayers is a testament to his skill as a bowler in limited overs cricket. He regularly bowls in T20 cricket.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 71 69 4392 2445 41 4/13 6/50 59.63 3.34 107.1 1 0 0
ODIs 207 134 5091 4127 89 3/12 3/12 46.37 4.86 57.2 0 0 0
T20Is 67 30 479 622 22 3/23 3/23 28.27 7.79 21.7 0 0 0
First-class 122 7432 3909 71 5/87 55.05 3.15 104.6 1 0
List A 275 7003 5464 135 4/21 4/21 40.47 4.68 51.8 2 0 0
T20s 187 92 1636 1957 70 3/10 3/10 27.95 7.17 23.3 0 0 0

​#1 Jean-Paul Duminy

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Jean-Paul Duminy is an international South African cricketer, vice-captain of the South Africa T20I team. Durminy bats left-hand and bowls right-arm off spin.

Although JP Duminy had recently retired from Test cricket, but his brand of classic right arm off spin will be on show in limited over cricket and over the years. Duminy a unique part-time bowler and he does not only do a containing job but has the ability to take wickets.

Mostly on conducive pitches he can spin the ball and trouble the best batsmen too, at the same time on an unresponsive pitch he sometimes varies his length in order to take wickets.

At a strike rate of 49.3 and economy rate of 5.31 in One day matches, he is a very handy bowler and has taken 63 wickets in 17.

Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 46 57 2703 1601 42 4/47 4/51 38.11 3.55 64.3 2 0 0
ODIs 192 129 3417 3045 67 4/16 4/16 45.44 5.34 51 1 0 0
T20Is 78 40 457 581 21 3/18 3/18 27.66 7.62 21.7 0 0 0
First-class 108 5434 3162 77 5/108 41.06 3.49 70.5 3 1 0
List A 263 4493 3879 90 4/16 4/16 43.1 5.18 49.9 1 0 0
T20s 246 133 1736 2207 73 4/17 4/17 30.23 7.62 23.7 3 0 0

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