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After almost two months of exciting red ball action for India in England, the series had will end for now with the fate of the fifth test hanging in balance. India’s head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for Covid-19 and the whole Indian coaching staff had gone into isolation as a result of it. The Indian physio also tested positive for the virus and it created panic in the dressing room.
The right decision was made finally to call off the fifth test as it involved too much risk for the Indian and English test team. Before the final test, the four tests had gone to the wire with India surging ahead 2-1 in the series. Here are 6 Indians with the most wickets in India’s tour of England 2021.
6 Indians With Most Wickets In India’s Tour Of England 2021:
Ravindra Jadeja wasn’t much used to the ball by the Indian skipper as the conditions favored the seamer but he had a role to play in the team. He had to hold up one end when the ball started seaming and he did the job to perfection with odd wickets at times.
Jadeja finished the series with 6 wickets in 4 tests in seamer-friendly conditions and his best spell came at Oval in the final day, where he used the rough to his advantage.
Umesh Yadav was one of the big positives for India from the series as the veteran seamer has been around for a long time but never has been so impressive in overseas conditions. Umesh played just the one test at the Oval and finished as the pick of the bowlers from both innings in the test.
Umesh also ended up as India’s fifth-highest wicket-taker in the series with 6 wickets in one test at an average of 22.66. He has certainly made a case for himself among the bowling lineup and it will interesting too if he gets a place in the playing XI again.
Shardul Thakur has proved to be a very good addition to the side with his excellent cameos down the order at eight and also helping the bowling attack. He managed to dismiss the in-form English skipper Joe Root twice in the series and he has picked up wickets at right intervals.
Thakur played 2 tests in the series and picked up 7 wickets at an average of 22. He was useful to rest the frontline seamers and also give a breakthrough when things did not go in the right way.
Mohammad Shami finished as the third-highest wicket-taker for India in the series against England with 11 wickets in 3 innings. He took the new ball in the second and first Test and was very effective as well taking the edges of the England openers.
Shami picked up wickets at an average of 27.54 with the best figures of 4 wickets for 95 runs in the series. The right arm seamer was rested for the Oval test with a slight niggle and he was touted to come back into the playing XI for the final test.
Mohammed Siraj looked more threatening in the first two tests and it looked like he will up as India’s best bowler in the series. The right-arm seamer picked up 14 wickets in the 7 innings he bowled at an average of 30.71. He seemed to have faded off after looking at his prime in the Lord’s Test.
He picked up eight wickets at the Lord’s and turned out to be the match-winner for India by bowling those scrambled seam deliveries. He could have been more productive if he used the swinging conditions.
Jasprit Bumrah finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series against England for the visitors and he showed that he still is a class act. There were a lot of speculations over him not being effective enough in the World Test Championship finals and he answered it in the best possible method.
Bumrah picked up 18 wickets in 7 innings in the series at an average of 20.83 and picked up one five-wicket haul as well. His bowling spell at the second innings at Oval in the final day will go down as one of the best for a long time.
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