Mystery spinners have been the talk of the town. It is these mystery spinners who have managed to wreck havoc upon their opposition batters. Eveey captain dreams of having atleast one mystery spinner in his his side. Their influence on the game has been significant….Especially in the shortest format of the game. Mystery spinners choke the opposition and not only control the flow of runs, but also pick the wickets.

However, what are these mystery spinners? How do you term spinners as mystery spinners? The breed of mystery spinner basically refer to a special kind of spinners who can be either an offie or a leggie. Mystery spinners are those spinners who bowl the carrom ball and bowl the wrong one from the same action. We have seen a few mystery spinners in the ongoing T20 World Cup as well.

So who are the mystery spinners playing in this ICC T20 World Cup 2021?

1) Mahesh Theekshana:

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Mahesh Theekshana has grabbed some eyeballs in the Round 1 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021


He has manage to grab all the headlines. Theekshana has been a vital cog in the Sri Lankan team so far in the tournament. As a matter of fact, he is one of the major reasons why his team haven’t lost a single game so far in the T20 WC so far. The spinner has managed to bamboozle several batters with his magic in T20Is he has picked up nine wickets, including eight in the three T20 World Cup matches as of now.

2) Varun Chakravarthy:

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Varun Chakravarthy can be the trump card to India’s chances in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021


Varun Chakravarthy has been India’s mystery spinner for quite a while now. He has a lot of tricks under his sleeve. He has been sensational in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well. The Tamil Nadu spinner has a knack of picking wickets. Although he has barely played the 4 T20Is, he ha already shown a lot of promise.

3) Mujeeb Ur Rahman:

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman has bowled exceptionally well in the last 2-3 years in all the format he has played


Mujeeb has been hailed as the next big thing in cricket. His bowling hasn’t been really easy to decode. Opposition teams have been clueless against him. Even in Afghanistan’s recent game against Scotland, he was picking wickets for fun.

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4) Rashid Khan:

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Rashid Khan doesn’t need much to prove on his skillsets


While Rashid Khan isn’t really a full fledged mystery spinner, his bowling still remains a mystery to each and every batter present. Picking him is probably one of the most difficult things there is. There is a reason why he has been ruling the ranking charts for such a long time. Moreover, his googlies are extremely hard to hit as well.

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5) Tabraiz Shamsi:

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Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa celebrates the dismissal of Andre Russell of West Indies during the 4th T20I between West Indies and South Africa at Grenada National Cricket Stadium, Saint George’s, Grenada, on July 1, 2021. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)


Shamsi has been one of the most improved spinners of late. He has now become one of the most important players of South Africa in the shortest format of the game. His bowling has been absolutely spot on of late and his mystery is yet to be decided. There is a reason why he is currently the number one ranked T20I bowler in the world.

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Edited By : Devansh Awasthi

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