The second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) has been a great spectacle, producing a tapestry of legendary matches and outstanding showings from both the bat and the ball. When we pause to reflect on the exquisite tapestry of the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC), these top 3 bowling performances come to mind. They captivated fans and established themselves as great moments in the history of the sport. Here are the three spells producing the best bowling figures in an innings.
3. Nathan Lyon – 8/64 vs India, 2023
Lyon’s exceptional performance throughout the first innings of the Indore test allowed him to record incredible numbers of 3/35, greatly contributing to India’s deplorable score of 109. However, Lyon excelled in the second inning. With an astounding 8/64 haul, he dismantled India’s defenses by getting crucial wickets from Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ravichandran Ashwin. As Lyon’s relentless bowling attack developed, India was eventually dismissed for 163 runs, leaving Australia with the relatively easy target of 76 runs.
2. Sajid Khan – 8/42 vs Bangladesh, 2021
On the fourth day, when Pakistan had declared their first innings at 300/4, the off-spinner, Sajid Khan, ploughed through Bangladesh’s batting order, taking six wickets in his 12 overs. The first innings score for Bangladesh was 76/7 after the day’s play. The following day, Sajid persisted, scalping eight wickets to ensure that Bangladesh was bowled out for 87. To get a result, Babar Azam pressed the follow-on, and his bowlers performed admirably. The best bowler once more was Sajid, whose 4/86 ensured that his team won by an innings and eight runs.
1. Ajaz Patel – 10/119 vs India, 2021
In a total of 47.5 overs, Ajaz Patel bowled with exceptional skill and accuracy, giving up just 119 runs and delivering 12 maidens while scalping the entire Indian batting order. His relentless desire to annihilate the entire Indian batting order demonstrated his great talent and control on a pitch that was beginning to change. Sadly, despite his superb effort, the other New Zealand bowlers’ ineffectiveness allowed India to amass a difficult first innings total of 325 and secure a commanding lead of 263 runs. Ajaz continued his outstanding performance in the second innings unfazed, claiming four additional wickets for a total of 106 runs. However, the New Zealand team had already ceded control of the game to India, who won easily.