Cricket Records: The year 2019 has been a memorable year for many bowlers, especially Australia and India bowlers. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins took 59 wickets in 12 Tests at an average of 20.13 this year. He took 10 wickets in the match against Sri Lanka earlier this year at Brisbane for 62 runs.
Cummins compatriot spinner Nathan Lyon is second in 12 Tests this year with 45 wickets at an average of 45.26. The off-spinner won Australia by taking 6 wickets for 49 runs in the Birmingham Ashes Test. England fast bowler Stuart Broad ranked top 3 in 2019 with 43 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 25.11.
Among Indians, Mohammed Shami took 33 wickets in eight Tests at an average of 16.66. Apart from this, Ishant Sharma took 25 wickets in six and Umesh Yadav took 23 wickets.
Although Cummins’ performance is not the best in a calendar year, many bowlers have done better than Cummins in the past.
In this way, let’s take a look at the bowlers who have taken the most wickets in a calendar year in Test matches:
Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee is at number three on this list. He took 85 wickets in 13 Tests in 1981. During this time he averaged a 20.95 and strike rate of 43.6.
He performed 5 wickets in an innings 5 times in that year and 10 wickets in a match 2 times. Lily’s best performance was 7 for 83 which he achieved against the West Indies in Melbourne in the Boxing Day Test.
Sri Lankan veteran spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan took 90 wickets in 11 Tests in 2006. Murali took these wickets at an average of 16.90 and his average was 32.2.
Murali had his best bowling performance in an innings against England at Nottingham where he took 8 wickets for 70 runs. He did 5 wickets in 9 innings and 5 wickets in the match 5 times that year.
Australia’s spin wizard Shane Warne holds the record for most Test wickets in a calendar year. In 2005, he took 96 wickets in 15 Tests at an average of 22.02.
During this time Warne had a strike rate of 45.1 during this period and he took 5 wickets in an innings 6 times and 10 wickets in a match twice.