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Top 5 bowlers who can take most wickets in India vs South Africa Series 2019

India vs South Africa Tour 2019: 5 Bowlers who can take most wickets in the Series

The Indian pace bowling line-up has been really enforcing a major threat to opposition teams of late. The Indian sub-continent has always been perceived as more of a paradise for spinners which makes it a tough task for opposition batsmen on highly turning pitches. However, this time, spinners will not be walking away with all the accolades only. The pace battery for the Indian team has come up by leaps and bounds and shown great abilities to take wickets irrespective of the pitch being bowled on.

The Indian attack now has genuine fast bowlers who are sure to give a tough time to opposition batsmen while there continues to remain tremendous potential in terms of exciting spin bowling.

Here are some of the leading wicket-takers who are expected to put up an excellent show in the India vs. South Africa Series 2019 or the Freedom Trophy 2019.

Let’s know about 5 bowlers who can take most wickets in India vs South Africa Series 2019

  1. Jasprit Bumrah: India’s biggest pace spearhead at the moment, Jasprit Bumrah is ranked third on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. He is one of the most feared pacers now globally along with Jofra Archer from England. Bumrah has 48 wickets in just 9 matches ever since the last Freedom Trophy.
  2. Vernon Philander: Philander is one of the top 10 bowlers in the India versus South Africa Series 2019. Philander has played in 58 test matches, taking an impressive 214 wickets and has an average below 22 as well. He has once taken 9 wickets in a game against India at Cape Town where he was the Man of the Match too. Many have considered him not fit enough for the national team although he has silenced these doubters with his solid bowling abilities and handy prowess with the bat as well. He makes for a great opening fast bower combination with Kagiso Rabada who is next on our list.
  3. Kagiso Rabada: Having had a dream run till now, Rabada has taken 176 scalps in just 37 games and he is now betting on a full-fledged tournament after the injury lined World Cup and Indian Premier League (IPL). His high-profile duel with Virat Kohli has got cricketing lovers all the more excited and this will be a treat in the Test format as well. He is positioned above India’s pace ace, Jasprit Bumrah, at the moment in the Test rankings.
  4. Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja has picked up 198 wickets and has largely drifted in and out of the squad for Test matches. Yet, that is not the quantum of his overall impact while bowling orthodox off-spinners and off-breaks. He is at scond place in the list of present bowlers in the Indian team with regard to their hauls against South Africa, having picked 5 wickets in an innings thrice. South Africa came to India in the year 2015 and Ravindra Jadeja was the Man of the Match in Mohali, scalping 23 wickets in four Test outings in all. Ashwin and Jadeja have been known to dismantle oppositions previously while bowling together. Yet, with Kuldeep Yadav coming to the forefront, Jadeja may be a doubtful starter.
  5. Ravichandran Ashwin: In spite of his career dwindling in the current scenario, Ashwin is not just a limited overs hero. He is one of the top Indian bowlers against South Africa in Test matches as well. He has 38 wickets against South Africa with an average lower than 15 and four hauls of 5 wickets or more. Ashwin was not picked for both matches in the recently held series versus the West Indies, a decision that saw captain Kohli come under fire from fans and enthusiasts.

Also Read: South Africa Tour of India 2019 Schedule

Mohammed Shami also deserves a mention although he has played just 3 games versus South Africa in Tests. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri have both hailed Shami as the most improved and fittest fast bowler in the team at the moment. He has 15 wickets on Indian pitches against South Africa with hardly any assistance from the track to fall back on. This has earned him immense respect from opposition batsmen as well.

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