Stats: Top 5 bowlers of India South Africa Test series 2015

Yash Agarwal / 07 December 2015

The Freedom series ended with a score-line of 3-0, India convincingly winning all the matches in the four-match Test series while one being washed out.  Unlike the batting department which the Indians considered their strength, the bowlers this time helped India out of trouble every time the batsmen failed to deliver by bundling South Africa batsmen for very low triple digit scores and once in even double digit!

The bowlers showed their worth with special mention to the spinners. The trio of Ravichandran Ahswin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra, with each specializing in their preferred choice of bowling type, took full advantage of India’s spinning tracks. The bounce and turn offered by the pitch saw the bowlers bowling incredible deliveries, thereby bringing World class batsmen to their knees. With not much of pace being offered by the turf, pace bowlers didn’t have much expectations to stand up to.

We look at the top 5 bowlers who excelled in their spells and performances in the recently concluded series –

5. Morne Morkel (South Africa) (9 wickets)

The Protea pacer stood up to the expectations of those who thought of him as the ideal replacement for the injured Dale Steyn to lead the bowling attack. Even though he does not have the most wickets among his fellow South African bowlers, records states that he took out the prominent Indian batsmen and that too when the visitors were finding it hard to break partnerships. Scalping 9 wickets of 3 matches with an economy rate of 2.37, he played his part of a fast bowler on a spinning track by taking as many wickets as possible.

4. Simon Harmer (South Africa) (10 wickets)

The Freedom series ended with a score-line of 3-0, India convincingly winning all the matches in the four-match Test series while one being washed out.  Unlike the batting department which the Indians considered their strength, the bowlers this time helped India out of trouble every time the batsmen failed to deliver by bundling South Africa batsmen for very low triple digit scores and once in even double digit!

 

3. Imran Tahir (South Africa) (14 wickets)

The leg spinner was a great asset to the visitor team. Chucking out 14 wickets, he remained to be the go-to bowler whenever Hashim Amla wanted to break a partnership. The Indian batsman failed to comprehend his line, length and variety of turns. Being a part of playing XI for all the matches, Imran Tahir managed to take 14 wickets with an economy rate of 3.14. He proved to be South Africa’s most successful bowler in the Freedom series.

2. Ravindra Jadeja (India) (23 wickets)

Making a comeback to the national side,this series proved to be a very fruitful one for Ravindra Jadeja. The left arm off-spinner destructed the top-order batting line-up of the opposition at many occasions. Proteas batsmen failed to discriminate the balls that were turning from the balls that would continue to go straight after it hit the deck and hence were victims of his bowling spells. Taking 23 wickets from all 4 matches and also being the least expensive bowler of the series (courtesy – an average of 1.76), Jadeja had a magical ride. With figures like this, he is expected to be a permanent in the Indian Test side for the upcoming games to come.

1. Ravichandran Ashwin (India) (31 wickets)

The off-spinner was the one of the most prominent reasons why South Africa lost their 9-year unbeaten streak in any away Test series. The Man of the Series had the last laugh at the end of every game. Getting the most out of every Indian turning track, he uprooted wickets regularly. The captain even gave him to open the bowling innings for India. That was the amount of trust that was bestowed upon him. Ending the series with 31 wickets in his purse, he also became the bowler with most wickets in the year of 2015. The rightful holder of the No.1 spot in our list.

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