Rewind 2012: Top bowlers in world cricket

Rewind 2012: Top bowlers in world cricket

Tags: Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath, Graeme Peter Swann, James Michael Anderson, Vernon Darryl Philander, Peter Matthew Siddle, Separamadu Lasith Malinga, Sunil Philip Narine, Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thissara Chirantha Perera, Saeed Ajmal

Published on: Dec 31, 2012

As the year draws to a close, we look at the top five bowlers in cricket in 2012 in all three formats of the game.

As the year draws to a close, we look at the top five bowlers in cricket in 2012 in all three formats of the game.

Tests

Rangana HerathRangana Herath: The left-arm spinner from Sri Lanka featured in 10 Tests and picked up 60 wickets at an average of 23.61. These included seven five-wicket hauls and two ten-wicket match hauls. His best figures in a match were 12/171 against England

Graeme Swann: The English off-spinner played 14 Tests and picked up 59 wickets at an average of 29.93 with three five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket match haul. His best figures in a match were 10/181 against Sri Lanka.

James Anderson: The medium pacer from England picked up 48 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 29.50. He had one five-wicket haul, his best figures in a match being 6/116 against the Indians.

Vernon Philander: The South African pacerplayed nine Tests and picked up 43 wickets at an average of 21.11 with three five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket match haul. His best figures in a match were 10/114 against New Zealand.

Peter Siddle: The speedster from Australia featured in eight Tests and picked up 41 scalps in these games at an average of 23.09 with two five-wicket hauls. His best figures in a match were 9/104 against Sri Lanka.

ODIs

Lasith Malinga: Theslinger from Sri Lanka featured in 32 matches and picked up 47 wickets at an average of 32.08 with one five-wicket haul. His best figures were 5/54 versus South Africa.

Sunil Narine: The mystery spinner from West Indies grabbed 34 wickets in 17 matches with one five-wicket haul at an average of 17.64. His best were 5/27 against New Zealand.

Thisara Perera: In 23 games he picked up 32 wickets at an average of 26.84 with one five wicket haul. His best figures in an innings were 6/44 against Pakistan.

Saeed Ajmal: The Pakistan off-spinner grabbed 31 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 21.12 with one five-wicket haul. His best figures in a match were 5/43 against England.

Nuwan Kulasekara: The Sri Lankan pacer played 28 games and picked up 28 wickets at an average of 40.32. His best figures in an innings were 3/40 against the Indians.

T20s

Saeed Ajmal: The Pakistan off-spinner played 16 games and picked up 25 wickets at an average of 15.64. His best figures were 4/23 against England.

Umar Gul: The Pakistan paceman played 15 games and picked up 19 wickets at an average of 22.94. His best figures were 4/37 against India.

Graeme Swann: England’s premier off-spinner played 12 matches and grabbed 17 wickets average 14.70. His best figures were 3/13 against Pakistan.

Shane Watson: TheAussie all-rounder played 11 matches and picked up 17 wickets while averaging 15.82. His best figures were 3/26 against Ireland.

Steven Finn: TheEnglish paceman played 11 games and picked up 17 wickets while averaging 16.70. His best figures were 3/16 against the New Zealanders.

--By A Cricket Analyst

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