WHEN PACE MATTERS IN TEST BATTING

The five highest Strike Rate Impact performances (in an innings context) in Test history.

THE HIGHEST IMPACT INDIAN OVERSEAS PERFORMANCE IN TESTS

The 2004 India-Pakistan Test series was levelled at 1-1 with all to play for in the decider at Rawalpindi. Pakistan are dismissed for 224. Rahul Dravid walks out to bat after India lose Sehwag off the first ball and scores 270. India reply with 600. The home team are cleaned up for 245 giving India victory by an innings and 131 runs - their maiden series win in Pakistan.

SHANE WARNE OR MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN – THE GREATER TEST SPINNER?

Shubhartho Ghosh -compressed

Muralitharan’s numbers get a boost from playing a majority of his Tests at home. He picked up 493 wickets at 19.56 apiece. His average drops to 28 outside Sri Lanka.

 

Nikhil Narain

Muralitharan is the highest impact bowler in home conditions in the history of Test cricket. One tends to romanticize an English fast bowler doing well in England but look down upon the performances of spinners in conditions suited to slow bowling?