Australia Vs India Test: Complete list of bowling records
India has been in Australia to take part in the Test and ODI series on 12 occasions but have managed to earn the desired victory in a series only in the last tour in both the teams' 75-year rivalry. The Test series named Border-Gavaskar trophy is going to begin on Thursday on 17th December at Adelaide. It will be a part of the ICC World test Championship.
In the last Test series that was won by India 2-1, the visitors started with a win at Adelaide but lost to Australia in the second Test at Melbourne. Presently India is in the top place of the Test championship with 360 points while Australia is on 296 points, earning second place and they must be desperate to overtake India’s points by winning the current four-Test series.
The critics generally have given importance to the records set by batsmen and their contribution in the Tests, played between both the countries. But at the same time, bowlers of both the countries have had a significant contribution to guide their respective teams to the covetous victories. The proverb that is often used in cricket decides the fate of the Test is that 'bowlers win matches'. The historic series win India achieved in two countries’ 75 years of enmity on the crease in 2018-19, was possible mainly due to tremendous bowling performance by Jasprit Bumrah who alone devoured the Australian side by scalping 6 wickets for 33 runs at Melbourne.
So, we will be trying to remember those bowlers’ names in Australia Vs India Test: Complete list of bowling records.
Bowling records in Tests in Australia
Legendary Kapil Dev and modern-day spinner Nathan Lyon have featured in the highest wicket-takers' category. Both the bowlers have captured 51 wickets each. Significantly, both the bowlers have taken 11 matches and 21 innings to record same number of wickets in their kitty. Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble is in the second spot with 49 wickets from his 10 Tests. He had to bowl 534 overs in total and he has given 1849 runs. Out of the present-day Indian bowlers, Mohammad Shami features in the list with 31 wickets.
Most wickets in a series in Australia
Australia Vs India Test: Top list of bowling records mention about two former Indian greats who can be ascribed as the Top Bowlers in India Vs Australia who have bagged maximum wickets in a series. They are Bishan Singh Bedi and B.S Chandrashekhar. One of the all-time greats, the left-arm spinner Bedi had captured 31 wickets from the five Tests in the 1977-78 series. Along with Bedi another great Indian spinner B.S. Chandrashekhar had a magnificent show in the 1978 series where he earned amazing statistics that consist of 29 wickets only from seven matches with an economy rate of 2.69 including the best bowling figure of 6 wickets for 52 runs. Another Australian fast bowler Craig Mcdermott matches the same number of wickets (31) against India in Australia in 1991-92. Wayne Clarke, Australia's other fast-medium bowler has placed himself in the list of most wicket-takers in a series by claiming 28 wickets in the 1977-78 series.
Bowling average and strike rate
Jasprit Bumrah who alone wrecked Australia at Melbourne in the 2018-19 Test series, picking up 6 wickets for 33 runs has acquired the best bowling average and strike rate between both the countries. Bumra gathered 21 wickets from his three Test-series in Australia at an average of 17 while Australian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus features in the second place with an average of 17.2 and Bruce Reid is in the third spot with an average of 20. Talking about the strike rate, Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has an impressive strike rate of 36.4 on his 20 wickets against India. Hilfenhaus is following in second place with a strike rate of 37.3 while Sir Dennis Lillee has ranked in the third spot with a strike rate of 42.4.
Best spell (innings and match)
Australia Vs India Test: Complete list of bowling records in Tests include another interesting segment. That is the best spell in an innings and a match also. Kapil Dev emerges as Top bowler in India Vs Australia with his spectacular spell of 8 wickets for 106 runs in 1985 is the best spell in an innings. Anil Kumble’s 8 wickets for 141 at Sydney Test in 2004 is placed on the second spot while the best of the figures is match-winning bowling from Mike Whitney when in the 1992 series he destroyed India at WACA claiming 7 wickets for 27 runs only.
The best bowling in a match is credited to B.S Chandrashekhar for his brilliant 12 wickets for 104 where he claimed six wickets in each of both innings. Bruce Reid, the Australian fast bowler claims the second spot with 12 wickets for 126 and Anil Kumble features in the third-place having claimed 12 wickets for 286 runs.
The maximum number of 5-wicket claims belongs to legendary Kapil Dev as he has five 5-wicket hauls in his duel with Australian batsmen while Anil Kumble and Nathan Lyon have bagged 5-wicket hauls for four times.