Left-arm wrist spinners in cricket, part 7: Some minor West Indians (India) – Inshan Ali was a specialist Chinaman bowler.


  • With the English batsmen proving clueless against the left-arm wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav, Arunabha Sengupta documents the past and present exponents of the art of the Chinaman (oops, left-arm wrist spin) in international cricket.
  • It is deeply etched in the mythology of Indian cricket that the bowlers Gavaskar encountered in that debut tour were terrifying West Indian pacemen.
  • A left-arm wrist spinner from Trinidad, Inshan made his debut in the 1971 series against India, and played off and on till 1977.
  • Two other West Indians did bowl some left-arm wrist-spin, but only occasionally.
  • His main claim to fame rests with one vigorous partnership of 231 with Garry Sobers at Lord’s, and for many he remained the poor man’s Sobers before his career ended with a life ban resulting from a rebel tour to South Africa.

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