It is well said that a player who does well in the Test format of the game has good chances of doing well in the other forms as well. The players especially the bowlers have to grind hard for success in the Test fold. We have seen some world-class bowlers come through the ranks to deliver the goods in the oldest format in this decade.
The Test version of the game demands high stamina from the bowlers and there have been some special performances in the last ten years. The bowlers have been right on the money to borne fruits for the extra yards they have put in their training. The game has drastically changed in the last ten years after the rapid rise of T20 cricket and the shortest version has had its impact on the multi-day format. Subsequently, the batsmen have become more aggressive in their approach and hence, the bowlers have had to change their game accordingly.
Here are the top 5 Test bowlers of the last decade:
Matches 70, Wickets: 362, Average: 25.36.
India’s talisman spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was able to carry forward the legacy of Indian spin bowling after Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Ashwin was able to achieve early success and he was hard to get off especially in the Indian conditions.
The off-spinner has scalped 362 wickets in the 70 Test matches he has played in this decade. The Tamil Nadu spinner has bowled with an average of 25.36 and a strike rate of 53.6 in his career. The linchpin has taken 27 five-wicket hauls and seven ten-wicket hauls in a match during this period. Consequently, Ashwin has breathed down the neck of the opposition batsmen.
Ashwin also holds the record of being the fastest bowler to 250 and 300 Test wickets as he got there in 45 and 54 Test matches respectively. The 33-year-old spinner is also the joint-fastest to get to 350 wickets with Muttiah Muralitharan as both of them had achieved the feat in 66 Test matches.
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