The Indian Tour of Sri Lanka turned out to be a sour experience for the hosts, given that they lost the test series by 3-0. And while the Indian bowlers put up a great show to restrict the opposing batsmen, the performance of Sri Lankan bowlers was also fairly appreciable.
So, without much ado, let’s look into the details of the bowlers who ruled this series.
Bowling in all the three matches, Ashwin conceded a meagre 440 runs in the 874 bowls that he bowled. The off-spinner lived up to his reputation by getting as many as 17 wickets. Not only did he take a 5-wicket haul in the 2nd test match, but also a crucial 4-wicket haul in the final match, leading to India’s win.
Bowling for two matches in the series, Jadeja took a total of 13 wickets, giving away 374 runs. He helped India in the way to victory in the 2nd test match with his incredible 5-wicket haul.
India’s leading right-arm pacer, Shami managed a total of 10 wickets in the 365 balls that he bowled. Given that he gave away as little as 177 runs, his performance was rather remarkable.
With a total do 6 wickets in the 3 matches he bowled, Umesh earned the fourth spot on this list.
Coming back from some troublesome injuries, Pradeep made his mark claiming his career’s first 5-wicket haul. The pacer known for his slingshot action shares the 4th spot with Umesh Yadav with a total of 6 wickets.
India’s left-arm chinaman bowler played only 1 match, wherein he managed to take a total of 5 wickets.
One of the fastest emerging chinaman bowlers on the Sri Lankan side, Sandakan managed to impress one and all in the only match he played by taking a spectacular 5 wicket haul. His ability to turn the ball either way helped the bowler exhibit a flawless game.
The former captain and slow left-arm orthodox from Sri Lanka, performed notably well, taking 5 wickets in 2 matches. His 4-wicket haul was what helped him make a mark in the series.
Also fairing on the list for top 10 batsmen of the series, Pandya displayed good bowling skills. He sent back as many as 4 batsmen back to the pavilion in the three matches that he played.
While Indian has gained an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the ongoing test series, it is only a matter of time that we will come to know of the top bowlers for both the sides. As of now, the performances of Axar Patel, A Dhananjaya, and JJ Bumrah looks quite promising!