As the WTC 2021-23 cycle comes to an end, India and Australia are scheduled to face each other in the final game at the Oval and the fixture is set to begin on 7th June.
Both teams have performed exceptionally well in the 2nd edition of the World Test Championship and will be hoping to take the trophy and declare their supremacy in the longest format of the game.
The World Test Championship has revived the thrill of the red-ball format and in these two years, we have witnessed some exceptional performances by some talented players. The cricket betting sites have odds of this match on this platform.
Bowlers always play a crucial role in the red-ball format. The red-ball format is the real test of their patience and focus for the game.
In this article, we have compiled a list of 5 best bowling performances during the WTC 2021-23 Cycle.
1) Ajaz Patel – New Zealand
Ajaz Patel made headlines in 2021 at the historical Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as he achieved the rarest feet in Test cricket. Patel picked up 10 wickets in one inning and registered his name as the third bowler to do so.
However, New Zealand ended up losing the game, but the efforts of Ajaz were appreciated by players across the globe and since then, Ajaz Patel has been a regular member of the New Zealand Test squad and he is known for his accuracy and ability to extract turns from the pitch.
2) Scott Boland – England
Every bowler dreams of a memorable debut but very few can turn it into a reality. Scott Boland realised his dream at Melbourne in 2021 while playing against England. Boland picked up 6 wickets by giving away 7 runs in the second innings.
In just 4 overs, Boland dominated the whole game and didn't allow the English batters to dominate the game. He went on to take 14 wickets in the Ashes series, at an average of 9.57. Scott Boland became the first Australian bowler to take 14 wickets in his first two Tests.
3) Ebadot Hossain – Bangladesh
During the second edition of the World Test Championship, Bangladesh stunned everyone with their performance against India and New Zealand.
Ebadot Hossain turned out to be the hero of the team in January 2022 against New Zealand as he picked up 6 wickets by giving away 46 runs.
Hossain was at his best at Mount Maunganui and stunned everyone with his brilliant performance. Hossain can swing the ball both ways, which makes him a very difficult bowler to face and that’s what he did against the Kiwis in January 2022.
4) Matt Henry – New Zealand
Matt Henry’s comeback to the Kiwi squad can be considered the greatest comeback in the 2021-23 WTC cycle. His brilliance was visible against South Africa while the Proteas were on tour to New Zealand.
Henry announced his comeback by picking up 7 wickets for just 23 runs. He performed exceptionally well and fulfilled the void of Trent Boult in the team. Henry is a very effective bowler in the Test format and has taken 113 wickets in 46 Tests at an average of 26.52.
5) Nathan Lyon – Australia
Australian cricket is known to bring out the best of players in some difficult situations especially when it comes to playing against Team India. During the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Team India was ahead by 2-0 as they won the first two Tests.
In the third fixture, Nathan Lyon took things into his hands and stunned everyone by picking up 8 wickets for 64 runs. He rose to the occasion and helped the Australian squad to score a win in the third Test.