Former Indian captain Anil Kumble favors spinners to keep Test cricket exciting but if we look at the figures, the performance of spinners in ‘Sena’ (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries declined in the last decade.
In such a situation, it can become a problem for any captain to keep two slow bowlers under such circumstances.
Kumble recently said that in countries like England and Australia, the trend of playing with two spinners in Test matches will have to start but in the last decade (from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019), statistics show that in these countries The fast bowlers are the only bid.
In the last decade, the spinners have taken 12.03 three wickets per Test in all the cricketing countries but as far as Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand are concerned, this figure is 6.4 per Test in these countries. On the other hand, the fast bowlers took 19.20 wickets per Test overall, whereas in ‘Army’ countries they got an average of 24.87 wickets in each Test.
It is worth noting that in the 2000s, the spinners had taken 9.79 wickets per Test in total and their figure was 6.8 in ‘Army’ countries.
Naturally, the performance of spinners has declined in these four countries. Not only this, in the 2010s, spinners took five or more wickets in 40 innings only in ‘Army’ countries and ten or more wickets in five matches, while in this case the overall figures were 250 and 47.
In the earlier decade, however, the spinners had taken five or more wickets 69 times in ‘Army’ countries and ten or more wickets 13 times, with some live presence in overall figures (228 and 51).
The best performance of spinners in the Army countries was in the 1970s when they took 8.23 wickets per Test but in the eighties the figure was 6.02 and in the nineties it was 6.5. In the seventies, the figure of spinners in all cricketing nations was 10.44 wickets per test. The figure reached double digits only in the 2010s.
If we look at the performance of spinners in South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia, then only two spinners from the subcontinent have scored centuries of wickets in these countries.
Kumble has taken 141 wickets in 35 Tests and Muttiah Muralitharan has taken 125 wickets in 23 matches. He is followed by Bishan Singh Bedi (90 wickets), Mushtaq Ahmed (84), Irapalli Prasanna (78), Danish Kaneria (75), and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (71).
Among the most wicket-taking spinners in the ‘Army’ countries, veteran Shane Warne has taken 558 wickets out of his 708 Test wickets in these four countries. He is followed by Nathan Lyon (274 wickets), Daniel Vettori (229), Derek Underwood (219) and Cleary Grimmett (216).