Most LBW dismissals in a series for Indian bowlers

The Indian bowlers registered a total of 25 Leg Before Wicket dismissals in the recently concluded 4-match test series against England which the team won by 3-1.

25 vs Eng 2020/21 

A total of 192 wickets fell in the four-match series between India and England. Out of that, 71 wickets went to pace while 117 were claimed by spinners. A wicket fell every 39 balls in the test series while an average of 25.84 runs were scored for every wicket.

A total of 100 dismissals were caught while the second highest mode of dismissal was lbw which accounted for 43 dismissals. Out of these 43, 25 were affected by the Indian bowlers. It goes without saying that Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel had the most lbw dismissals to their names, just like they had the most scalps.

Ashwin picked up 32 wickets from 4 test matches at an economy rate of 2.50. Axar Patel was sensational and picked up 23 wickets from 3 test matches at an economy rate of 2.24. Jack Leach also had several lbw dismissals to his name for England.

The name of the game, particularly in case of Axar Patel, was that he was pitching the ball on the off stump for right handers. If the ball did not spin away after pitching and came in with the arm, the most likely mode of dismissal was either lbw or bowled.

As a result, the England batsmen were found planted to the crease and were trapped on the pads repeatedly, resulting in such a high percentage of lbws.

24 vs Aus 1979/80

When Australia toured India for a 6-match test series in 1979/80, India won the series 2-0. Sunil Gavaskar scored the most runs with 518 while Kapil Dev (28) picked up the most wickets for the side. For Australia, Kim Hughes was the top scorer with 594 runs while Geoff Dymock (24) picked up the most wickets.

Apart from Kapil Dev, India’s leading bowlers were two spinners. Dilip Doshi picked up 27 wickets from 6 test matches at an average of 23.33, including one 4-wicket haul and two 5-wicket hauls. Shivlal Yadav picked up 24 wickets from 5 test matches including three 4-wicket hauls.

24 vs Eng 2016/17 

The second last time England toured India, in 2016/17, when India won the 5-match series 4-1, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the most wickets for the side, with 24 of them coming via lbws.

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