India Vs England Test Series: Top 5 bowlers after 3 matches

Ashwin, who is seated at the top of the ICC Test Rankings in bowling hasn't been able to get wickets the way he preyed upon New Zealand batters.

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New Delhi, Dec 2: Three of the five matches in the India-England Test series have already completed but the performance of bowlers has shocked the fans and experts equally.

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Contrary to the popular beliefs, England's Adil Rashid and not India's Ravichandran Ashwin is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far.

30-year-old Ashwin, who is seated at the top of the ICC Test Rankings in bowling, hasn't been able to get wickets the way he preyed upon New Zealand batters.

While 28-year-old Rashid has impressed all with his performance and the way he troubled Indian batsmen.

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The Yorkshire-born leg-spinner has grabbed 18 wickets in three Tests. While Ashwin has managed to get just 15 scalps. Ashwin was named the Player-of-the-series award against New Zealand after finishing with 27 wickets in the series, comprising 3 Tests.

This clearly proves Ashwin hasn't got the assistance from the pitches during matches played against England, the way he got against New Zealand. None of the pitches in the series has been a rank turner, which has readily affected Ashwin's figures.

Another surprise pack in the top 5 bowlers list is Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, who is the best and only pacer in the top 5. Shami's performance is better than English pace battery, which is a treat to the eyes of Indian cricket fans.

Here are the top 5 bowlers in the series after 3 matches:

1. Adil Rashid

He has got 18 wickets in three matches so far and has troubled almost every Indian batsman in the series. The leg-spinner has bowled 147.1 overs and gave 516 runs.

Rashid's best figures in an innings, in this series, has been 4/82. The right-arm bowler averages 28.66 in the series at an economy of 3.50.

2. R Ashwin

This series hasn't been an easy one for this Tamil Nadu bowler for he has managed to get just 15 wickets out of 173.4 overs he has bowled so far. 

These figures do no justice to Ashwin's reputation because he has been almost unplayable in the recent past. 

The Tamil Nadu off-spinner couldn't be blamed for not so impressive figures in this series. The pitches that hosted all three Test matches had little for the spinners and hardly gave the slow bowlers any purchase. 

He He gave 473 runs in the series so far and got 5/67 in an innings. Despite being bowling at an economical rate of 2.724 runs per over he averages 31.53.

3. Mohammed Shami

The Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is the best and only pacer in the top 5 so far. Off the three matches he played, Shami got 10 wickets at an average of 25.20. His best figures during an innings were 3/63.

He bowled 103.0 and conceded just 252 runs.

 

4. Ravindra Jadeja

The left-arm Indian spinner is the fourth highest wicket-taker in the Test series. He too has claimed 10 wickets so far but has a higher average than Shami, hence fourth.

Jadeja has bowled 161 overs and gave 376 runs thus becoming the most economical bowler with 2.14. His best innings performance is 3/86. 

5. Jayant Yadav

He is another surprise and find of this Test series. The young Haryana off-spinner has bagged 8 wickets in the two matches he has played, hence at fifth spot. 

He has bowled 50.3 overs and conceded just 138 runs with best figures of 3/30 in an innings. Jayant averages 17.25 and is economical too (2.73).

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