India pace trio in 2018 has been at its mesmerising best, earning huge laurels from the entire cricketing fraternity for their dynamic and ruthless bowling. In their artillery, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami hold an incredible and huge plethora of versatile skills and deliveries with the magnificent ability to mix up deliveries as per the situation of the match. Bowling with guile and a lively pace, the fighting spirit showed by the pacers has been the stand out of 2018 from the Indian camp, sending waves all over the sporting world.
Making everyone stand up and take notice of their persistent and consistent ability to move the ball in the air, pitching it in all the right spots on the pitch, India’s pace battery helped the country pick up a mammoth 250 wickets in test cricket in 2018. Leading from the front was Bumrah who despite being relatively new to test cricket has taken no time to dominate the international scenario.
His career-best figures of 6-33 in the first innings of the first test saw him end the year as the most successful bowler of 2018, boasting of 48 scalps for the year. His 9 wicket haul saw him pip Kagiso Rabada in the bowlers’ charts and fall just short of Ambrose’s haul of 51 wickets in a single year, the world record for a bowler.
Bumrah was given impressive support from his counterparts with Ishant and Shami picking up massive 45 and 41 wickets respectively each in the year. Both have been scintillating for the country, breathing fire down the best of best batting line-ups in the world, dominating pitches the world over.
It’s not just been India pace trio in 2018 that has seen the country record one of its most successful years in world cricket though. Earning laurel for the country have been the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ashwin and Jadeja all returning a rich haul of wickets.
Ever since they started their test career, the Indian side can finally boast of one of the most deadly bowling line-ups in the world. It’s a combination that loves bowling together, complimenting each other with perfection, working in tandem to deliver deadly performances match after match.
Most Wickets for India in A Year in Test Cricket
2018 – 240* from 14 matches
1979 – 237 from 17 matches
2002 – 232 from 16 matches
2008 – 219 from 15 matches
2004 – 209 from 12 matches
Breaking Down India’s Wickets In 2018
Jasprit Bumrah – 48 from nine Tests
Mohammed Shami – 45 Tests from 11 Tests
Ishant Sharma – 41 wickets from 11 Tests
R Ashwin – 38 wickets from 10 Tests
Ravindra Jadeja – 22 wickets from five Tests
Umesh Yadav – 20 wickets from five Tests
Hardik Pandya – 13 wickets from eight Tests
Kuldeep Yadav – 10 wickets from three Tests
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 10 wickets from two Tests
Hanuma Vihari – 7 wickets from three Tests