Bowlers have an important role to play in all formats of cricket. They face the challenge of bowling long spells in test matches and restricting runs in shorter versions of the game apart from taking wickets. In 2015, many bowlers have improved their bowling and become the main stay for their countries in all the formats. An intelligent bowler apart from basic skills of fast, swing and spin bowling has to be a thinker and analyze the weakness and strengths of the opposition batsmen and bowl accordingly. This analytical skill comes after a few years of experience. Here we look at the top 5 bowlers who have impressed and contributed to their respective country’s success in 2015 in test matches and One day Internationals. Of these 5 bowlers, 2 are from New Zealand, 1 each from Australia, India and Pakistan.

1.      Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc is a left arm pace bowler who plays for Australia. He started his ODI career in 2010, followed by test match appearance in 2011 and finally in T20 matches in 2012. He has been a mainstay of Australia’s opening attack for the past 2 years and has peaked his performance in 2015 taking a total of 87 wickets. In test matches, he has taken 41 wickets with an economy of 4.61. In One day Internationals, he has the best economy of 3.35 per over and taken 46 wickets. He was the leading the wicket taker for Australia in World Cup 2015.

2.       Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin has become go-to bowler of the Indian team in 2015. He started his T20 and One-day International career in 2010 and test debut in 2011. After initial successful performances, his capabilities were under the cloud during 2014/2015 test series in Australia. During 2015 World Cup, he surprised everybody by sticking to line and length and not trying too many variations which he was known to and blamed for. This brought him success. Since June 2015, he has started picking wickets regularly in the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa both at home and outside country. In test matches, he has the best economy of the year with 2.97. He has taken 62 wickets in test matches and 21 in One-day Internationals with a total of 83 wickets. Thus, he ranks number 2 in leading wicket taker.

3.       Trent Boult

Trent Boult, playing for New Zealand, has been the best bowler for the country in the year of 2015. He was the second highest wicket-taker in the World Cup 2015. He made his test, One day International and T20 in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. He has taken a total of 73 wickets of which 36 in test matches and another 37 in One day international with an economy of 3.33 and 4.68 respectively. He swings the ball and gives the batsmen a tough time. He is a difficult bowler to face and has impressed with pace and swing. 

4.       Tim Southee

Tim Southee, playing for New Zealand is a fast bowler, who swings the ball and partners with Trent Boult. He made his debut in all three forms in 2008. However, his performance in 2015 has been noteworthy. In World Cup 2015, he produced an excellent spell of 7/33 against England. In test matches, he has taken 29 wickets with an economy of 3.20 and in ODI, he has taken 28 wickets with an economy of 5.97.

5.       Wahab Riaz

Wahab Riaz, a left arm pace bowler plays for Pakistan, and has shown lots of improvement in the year 2015. He made his T20 and One day International debut in 2008 but could enter test arena in 2010. He is the fifth improved bowler taking 52 wickets in 2015. In test matches, he has taken 20 wickets with an economy of 3.07 and in ODI’s he has taken 32 wickets with an economy of 5.26. He has speed, pace and can surprise the batsmen. He bowled an aggressive spell to Shane Watson in World Cup 2015 World Cup quarter-finals and in the test match against England he changed the course of the game with some top quality bowling.

Table showing Improved Bowlers in 2015

Name

Country

Test matches

One day International

Total  Wickets

Wickets

Economy

Wickets

Economy

 

Mitchell Starc

Australia

41

4.61

46

3.35

87

R Ashwin

India

62

2.97

21

5.51

83

Trent Boult

New Zealand

36

3.33

37

4.68

73

Tim Southee

New Zealand

29

3.20

28

5.97

57

Wahab Riaz

Pakistan

20

3.07

32

5.26

52

Source: Cricinfo.com 

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