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IND vs SA Live: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah prove why Team India have the No 1 bowling unit of 2021

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IND vs SA Live: Jasprit Bumrah & Co best in 2021: With seven wins in 14 Test matches in 2021, Virat Kohli led Team India are currently the best Test team. While traditionally India’s batting has been seen their USP, it is their bowling that has earned them those wins. In fact, with 90 Test wickets in overseas conditions, Team India proved why they are the best in the business, ahead of even Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa at the moment. Follow IND vs SA Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

India’s pacers were top-notch in 2021. While Pakistan may take the honours of bagging most wickets overseas, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali & Co bagged those wickets against Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimababwe. But for Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the wickets came against the likes of Australia, England and South Africa — powerhouses of Test cricket.

IND vs SA Live: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah prove why Team India have the No 1 bowling unit of 2021

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In overseas conditions, Mohammed Siraj has been India’s best bowler of 2021, bagging 23 wickets in 7 matches. Jasprit Bumrah is a close second with 22 scalps in 6 games. Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur have taken 15 wickets in 4 matches. The pace quartet has shared 78 wickets amongst them in Australia, England and South Africa, taking the honours of being the best pace-attack at the moment.

Amongst the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have bagged 12 wickets combined while Navdeep Saini, T Natarajan have also contributed to Team India’s victory in Australia.

IND vs SA Live: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah prove why Team India have the No 1 bowling unit of 2021

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Mohammed Siraj – 23 wickets in 7 matches: Since making his Test debut in Boxing Day Test in 2020 against Australia, Mohammed Siraj has been excellent. He has been Virat Kohli’s go-to man to break partnerships. In 7 matches, he has scalped 23 wickets at an average of 33.52 with his best coming against Australia in Brisbane, leading India to a famous win.

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Jasprit Bumrah roars after having Joe Root nick to the cordon, England vs India, 2nd Test, Lord's, London, 5th day, August 16, 2021

Jasprit Bumrah – 22 wickets in 6 matches: The spearhead of India’s pace attack, Jasprit Bumrah is India’s leader of the pace-pack. His angular deliveries have troubled all batsmen and his accuracy has yielded wickets in all conditions. The specialist overseas bowler for India, he has scalped 22 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 23.68 with his best coming against England in Nottingham when he bagged 5/64.

IND vs SA Live: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah prove why Team India have the No 1 bowling unit of 2021

Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja celebrate, England vs India, 2nd Test, Lord's, London, 5th day, August 16, 2021

Mohammed Shami – 15 wickets in 5 matches: Mohammed Shami time and again proved why he is an important bowler in every format. He seems to have aced his injuries and has been an important cog in India’s pace department. With 18 wickets 201 apart from a five-wicket haul against South Africa in the first Test, he has proved why he is so important to India’s bowling.

Shardul Thakur – 15 wickets in 4 matches: Shardul Thakur is the other important member of the pace attack with equal contribution to batting. In 4 matches, he has bagged 15 wickets and has proven to be a partnership-breaker for Virat Kohli. He has also played the role of a fourth seamer really well in overseas conditions.

IND vs SA Live: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah prove why Team India have the No 1 bowling unit of 2021

Player Mat Inns Overs Runs Wkts BBI BBM Avg 5W
Bumrah 6 10 203.3 521 22 5/64 9/110 23.68 1
Shami 5 8 143.5 430 18 4/76 4/95 23.88 0
Siraj 7 12 237.5 771 23 5/73 8/126 33.52 1
Shardul 4 7 100 351 15 4/61 7/155 23.40 0
Ishant 2 3 56 174 5 3/69 5/82 34.80 0
Jadeja 5 8 141 334 10 4/62 4/62 33.40 0
Ashwin 2 3 57 196 2 2/95 2/169 98.00 0

IND vs SA Live: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah prove why Team India have the No 1 bowling unit of 2021

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