The art of spin bowling may disappear within the next 10 years because of the surfeit of limited overs cricket, fears World Cup winning Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
"To me spin bowling is an art. I have had the good fortune to play with one of the finest ever spin bowlers, Shane Warne, but I fear that this art form may disappear in 5-10 years because of the number of one day internationals being played right round the year," Ponting said.
"More and more the teams use less and less spin bowlers in their team in ODIs, with just one spinner present in most teams," he added.
Ponting's observation came in reply to a query about the great spin bowlers that India had produced in the past like Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan and how challenging it would have been to face them.
The 32-year-old Tasmanian, who piloted Australia to back-to-back World Cup titles in 2003 and early this year to emulate West Indies legend Clive Lloyd (1975 and 1979), felt that of late he had mastered Harbhajan Singh.
"I lost my wicket to him five times in that series in India while scoring a mere 17 runs. It was as if I was batting blind-folded. But over the years I have got the better of him," he said of the Indian off-spinner.