The year 2018 has seen captivating Test cricket being played throughout the year. From South Africa’s triumph against Australia to England historic series in Sri Lanka, Test cricket has provided all the thrills and spills for cricket fans around the world. The year has certainly allowed bowlers to showcase with the ball in Test cricket and they have certainly exceeded beyond expectations. In spite of rules favoring batsmen these days, the bowlers have managed to produce mesmerizing performances throughout the year.
Here, we’ll be looking at the top 5 Test bowlers of the year.
Top 5 Test bowlers of 2018
- Kagiso Rabada
South Africa’s premier bowler certainly delivered the good for the side in Test cricket this year. Rabada has taken the leadership role to perfection in the absence of Dale Steyn. He has topped the bowling charts for the current year and picked up 46 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 20.39. His exceptional bowling performance against Australia at Port Elizabeth was certainly a treat to watch for viewers who are ardent fans of pace bowling.
- James Anderson
The veteran bowler has bowled even better this year and has been England’s go-to man in Test cricket. Anderson has once again produced phenomenal numbers with the ball this year. He has taken 43 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 22.51. Though, he did so much on the Sri Lankan tour but certainly, he produced the crucial wickets for England during the five-match Test series against India.
- Dilruwan Perera
Sri Lankan off-spinner certainly has gained prominence in the world of cricket over the years. Perera has achieved a lot of success with the ball this year. He was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka complete a clean sweep over South Africa in Test cricket. Perera has been consistently good and provided breakthroughs for Sri Lanka in games played this year.
- Shannon Gabriel
West Indies pace bowler has been a standout bowler in Test cricket this year. Gabriel has been economical and produced tidy spells for West Indies in different conditions. He has bowled well with new-ball throughout this year. He has picked up 37 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 19.54.
- Jaspreet Bumrah
He certainly deserves an honorable mention in the list after making his debut for India in Test cricket this year. Bumrah has been excellent for India and put in stellar performances in the format. He produced match-winning performances to see India win Test matches in South Africa and England. There’s no doubt that the pace bowler will getter by each he plays in the format.