Left-arm orthodox spin

Left-arm orthodox spin, 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, 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 bowlersEdit

Players listed below have been included as they meet specific criteria which the general cricketing public would recognise as having achieved significant success in the art of left-arm orthodox spin bowling. For example, leading wicket-takers, and inventors of new deliveries.


  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.
  3. ^ "ICC Men's T20 World Cup Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 November 2022.