new Delhi: Cricket fans of both countries are eagerly waiting for the India-Australia series starting on 27 November. There will be three T20s, three ODIs and four Test matches between the two countries in this series.
Hardly anyone doubts that the bowling attack of the Indian team should not disturb any batting order. The last time India toured Australia in 2018-19, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma’s fast bowling Tigri took 48 wickets at an average of 21.6 and bowled Australia seven times out of eight.
Together, these three took 136 wickets in the 2018 calendar year. With this, all three broke the records of Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner (130 wickets in 1984). Of those 136 wickets, 45 wickets came in only the first three Tests played in Australia.
However, there is one place where India can miss the deficiency and that is the lack of left-arm fast bowler.
India’s left-arm bowlers have also contributed to some of the good moments for India in Australia in the first decade of this century. Whether it was Zaheer Khan’s five wickets in Brisbane, which gave the rhythm like captain Sourav Ganguly’s century in 2003-04. Irfan Pathan has two wickets in Sydney, or RP Singh may have wreaked havoc after Pathan got initial success in Perth in 2007-08. In the 2003-04 Adelaide Test, Ashish Nehra also took some important wickets.
After these people in the second decade, no left-arm fast bowler could do anything special. Jaydev Unadkat, Khalil Ahmed, Barinder Singh Saran, Srinath Arvind or domestic star Aniket Chaudhary could not impress.
All right-arm fast bowlers are in the Indian team at the moment and here they remain behind hosts Australia. Especially when Steve Smith, David Warner have returned and Marnus Labushan is in excellent form.
Former left-arm fast bowler of India Irfan Pathan has said that, “When it comes to fast bowling, there is no doubt that both teams are equal.” India has a world class fast bowling attack. But I think Australia are a bit ahead because they are playing at home and they have a left-arm fast bowler in the form of Mitchell Starc. The left-arm bowler offers variety, as well as the right-handed batsman bowling with an across angle. Although I think it is a slight advantage, but the benefit is definitely there.
When it comes to statistics, both attacks have done well.
From 1 January 2018, Ishant has taken 71 wickets in 18 Tests. Shami has taken 85 wickets in 22 Tests. Bumrah has taken 68 wickets in 14 Tests. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood took 59 wickets in 16 matches, Pat Cummins took 107 wickets in 21 matches, Stark took 77 wickets in 18 Tests.
Stark did not do well in the last series played against India. He took just 13 wickets in four Tests. However, after this series, he took 45 wickets in eight Tests. He played seven of these Tests in Australia.