A Record-Breaking Year for India’s Fast Bowlers
28 11 2019Posted by perfect11 2
India has got the term ‘military medium’ in the jargon of fast bowling and is the pioneers’ cricket. Proudly we can say that India has become the first team to win four successive tests by an inning. They have won two tests against South Africa by the inning and both tests in the series. Not just this, there is successive test wons for India, which is now their longest winning streak. Earlier the longest streak was in 2013 with consecutive six wins; four against Australia and two against West Indies. The current winning streak also began during the West Indies tour. In fact, all the seven wins have been either by innings or by more than 200 runs.
This has actually happened. Seven declarations in a row- a first in Test history. Four innings win in a row- another first in the history.
Seven wins out of seven in the ongoing Test seasons, since the start of the world test championship cycle.
The other test of theirs this year is the only test they did not win because it came with a draw between Sydney to help seal a first-ever test series win down under. In eight tests this year, India needed to bat only 11 times and still, they scored 59 runs per wicket.
The 15 times India was in the field (not counting the four overs Australia batted in their second innings at Sydney as the game petered out), they took all available wickets – nine times out of 15, the opposition was bowled out for less than 200. Actually, there were a further three instances of teams being dismissed for scores below 225 and they conceded 20 runs per wicket.
After Sydney, there were seven tests and India’s margins of victory read thus: 318 runs, 257 runs, 203 runs, an innings, and 137 runs, an innings and 202 runs, an innings and 130 runs, an innings and 46 runs. Wickets taken by India’s fast bowlers in this test, which is the most by them in a home test. Indian bowlers had last scored highest of 17 wickets at Eden Gardens, against Sri Lanka in 2017. This was, in fact, the third time India’s seamers had taken 19 or more wickets in a test, and all had come in the last two years.
0 wickets taken by spinners, first home test win by India
1- Ishant and Umesh created history. It was the first time two different India fast bowlers took five-wicket hauls in different innings of a Test.
15.16 is the average of India’s fast bowlers in 2019 which is the second-best ever for a team’s quicks in a calendar year while picking up 50-plus wickets.
3 – India fast bowlers with 20-plus wickets at an average of less than 20 this year – Umesh, Ishant, and Shami.
13.48 – Average of India’s fast bowlers in this series – the best in any home series of two or more Tests. The pace trio picked up 33 wickets at a strike rate of 26.3. The previous best was against West Indies last year.
We can now totally measure the period of dominance. We can name them as the gold standards, to start with.