Left-arm orthodox spin

Left-arm orthodox spin

Type of left arm bowling in cricket

Left-arm orthodox spin or left-arm off spin, also known as slow left-arm orthodox spin bowling, is a type of left-arm finger spin bowling in the sport of cricket.[1] Left-arm orthodox spin is bowled by a left-arm bowler using the fingers to spin the ball from right to left of the cricket pitch (from the bowler's perspective).

A left-arm orthodox spin delivery
Lancashire players Gary Keedy and Stephen Parry bowling left-arm orthodox spin in the 2012 Friends Life t20

Left-arm orthodox spin bowlers generally attempt to drift the ball in the air into a right-handed batsman, and then turn it away from the batsman (towards off-stump) upon landing on the pitch. The drift and turn in the air are attacking techniques. The stock delivery of a left-arm orthodox spin bowler is the left-arm orthodox spinner.[2]

The major variations of a left-arm orthodox spin bowler are the topspinner (which turns less and bounces higher in the cricket pitch), the arm ball (which does not turn at all and drifts into a right-handed batsman in the direction of the bowler's arm movement; also called a 'floater') and the left-arm spinner's version of a doosra (which turns the other way).

Notable slow left-arm orthodox spin bowlers

Players listed below are included as they meet specific criteria which are generally recognized as having achieved significant success in the art of left-arm orthodox spin bowling. For example, leading wicket-takers, and inventors of new deliveries.

spinner to take 10 wickets in an innings of a Test Match


  1. "How to bowl left-arm spin". News.bbc.co.uk. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. "MasterClass: Left arm spin bowling with Nadeem". YouTube. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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