Heading into the year 2020, Test cricket is honoured with some incredible, energizing pace bowlers. Australia’s Pat Cummins, India’s Jasprit Bumrah, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, and England’s Jofra Archer made headlines in 2019 and mesmerized cricket fans all over the globe. They were the ones who took the excitement of red-ball cricket to a new level.
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On the other hand, some bowlers didn’t or don’t exactly get the limelight they merit in the discussion over Test bowling. This article will highlight three highly underrated fast bowlers in Test cricket, talking not exclusively to their records, but also what they offer for their particular countries.
KEMAR ROACH (WEST INDIES)
Kemar Roach’s numbers outside the Caribbean (normal 37.60) neutralizes his effectiveness. Notwithstanding, it should have remained in mind that persistent injuries and issues in Cricket West Indies have not helped in his favour.
West Indian express pacer’s record of 193 wickets in 56 Tests at an impressive average of 27.13 is not something to be taken lightly. Moreover, he has taken 71 scalps at an average of 21.28 since August 2017, which is superior in the likes of Kiwi stalwart Trent Boult and English legend James Anderson over the same period.
|Since 2017||71 wickets @ 21.28|
Therefore, he deserves to be in this unwanted yet prime list.
MOHAMMAD SHAMI (INDIA)
India fans exactly realize how great the captioned person is. However, the most critical question arises, does the rest of the cricketing world know, as well? Probably not.
Mohammed Shami has assumed a crucial role in India’s pace bowling upheaval from the last few years. He has averaged less than 27 in each of the previous four years, including a magnificent haul of 33 wickets at an amazing average of 16.66 in the year 2019.
The most important aspect which makes him taller than others is his superb second innings record. The man from UP has taken 88 wickets at a staggering average of 21.16. He took wickets in circumstances where spinners are required to cause the major damage.
|Average for the last 4 years||<27|
|Average in 2019||16.66|
|Wickets in 2nd innings||88|
Therefore, Shami is certainly the bowler who should be given more importance in test cricket.
Only a handful would know this, as of December 31, 2019, Neil Wagner is positioned 2nd among bowlers on the ICC Test Bowlers rankings.
At the point when you consider New Zealand bowlers, the aesthetic Trent Boult rings a bell. However, Wagner, a bowler who bowls around 130km/h, has a staggering capacity to rush batsmen. His incentive to the New Zealand group can’t be downplayed, and is, in fact, a key motivation behind why they sit 2nd in the ICC Test rankings.
He will extract something out of any pitch. He will run throughout the day. Among all pace bowlers since his debut, nobody has bowled progressively solid spells of 10 overs or more. Unfathomably, 34.67% of his deliveries are bowled in relentless spells of seven overs or more. His strike rate of 52 positions him in the top 20 of all time. Like Tim Southee, the number of critical wickets for his side are in abundance.
|ICC Test Ranking||2|
|Fastest Kiwi to 200 Test Wickets||2nd, after Sir Richard Hadlee|
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