Indian Bowling Records in ODIs in Australia

In the previous article, we looked into some of the batting records of India in ODIs in Australia. So, it’s a no-brainer that this one is going to be about the bowlers.

Indian bowlers have had some reasonably good performances in ODIs in Australia in the past and the Indian team would want the current bowlers to emulate and even exceed that. Here are some of the bowling stats of Indian bowlers in ODIs played in Australia:

Most Wickets

KApril Dev tops the chart of leading Indian wicket-takers in ODIs down-under. He has picked up 57 wickets in 41 matches stan amazing economy of 3.34. The 6 leading wicket-takers are shown below:

1Kapil Dev41573.34
2Irfan Pathan23335.48
3Javagal Srinath22314.45
4Ravi Shastri26293.61
5Roger Binny24284.27
6Umesh Yadav19286.06
Table: Leading Wicket-Takers for India in ODIs in Australia

Key Facts:

  • Among players who are part of the current ODI Squad, Mohammad Shami has picked up the most number of wickets (18).
  • Umesh Yadav’s economy of 6.06 is the worst among Indian bowlers with 10+ wickets in ODIs in Australia.

Best Bowling Figures

Yuzvendra Chahal’s only ODI in Australia so far yielded him a figure of 6/42 which is the joint best along with Ajit Agarkar. The 5 best ODI bowling figures by Indian bowlers in Australia are tabulated below:

SNBowlerInningsWicketsBest Bowling Figures
1Ajit Agarkar10156/42
2Yuzvendra Chahal166/42
3Ravi Shastri26295/15
4Irfan Pathan24334/24
5R Ashwin16204/25
Table: Best Bowling Figures by Indian Bowlers in ODIs in Australia

Key Facts:

  • Interestingly, both Agarkar’s and Chahal’s figures of 6/42 were achieved in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Despite Agarkar’s brilliant figures of 6/42, India had lost that match to Australia by 18 runs.

Most 4-Wicket Hauls

Ishant Sharma has 3 4-wicket hauls for India in ODIs in Australia whereas 6 other bowlers have 2 each. The complete list is given below:

SNBowlerInningsWickets4W Hauls
1Ishant Sharma12233
2Kapil Dev41572
3Irfan Pathan24332
4Javagal Srinath22312
5Roger Binny24282
6Umesh Yadav19282
7Praveen Kumar8132
Table: Most 4W Hauls by Indian Bowlers in ODIs in Australia

Key Facts:

  • 10 other Indian bowlers have taken a 4W haul each in ODIs in Australia.

Best Bowling Average (10+ Wickets)

Former Indian left-arm orthodox spinner Dilip Doshi has the best bowling average among Indian bowlers with more than 10 ODI wickets in Australia. The top 5 list is given below:

SNBowlerInnings WicketsAverage
1Dilip Doshi101520.86
2Kapil Dev415721.84
3Manoj Prabhakar142022.25
4Ishant Sharma122323.30
5Mohit Sharma71124.00
Table: Top 5 Bowling Averages among Indian bowlers with 10+ ODI wickets in Australia

Key Facts:

  • Among Indian bowlers with 10+ ODI wickets in Australia, Ishant Sharma has the best bowling strike rate (26.6) and Kapil Dev has the best economy rate (3.34).

Round Up

The Australian batting order can be dominant in this series as the current crop of Indian bowlers have quite minimal experience of playing ODIs in Australia. It will be a testing for challenge for India’s leading bowlers Chahal and Bumrah who’ve played only 1 and 2 ODI matches respectively in Australia.

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