#2 Mohammed Shami [47, 2018]
You can call him temperamental, you can call him a slow starter. But when he's on song there's no better sight than Mohammed Shami running in and bamboozling the batsmen with searing pace and accuracy.
With 43 wickets in 11 overseas Tests this year, Shami stands just behind Jasprit Bumrah as the second highest wicket-taker for India in overseas Tests in a single calendar year. What makes Shami's achievement even more significant is that a big chunk of his wickets have come in the second innings - the time of the game when conditions favor the spinners more than the seamers.
Shami averages 25.22 and 22.62 in the third and fourth innings respectively, and has produced several game-changing spells for India in the year gone by. While his 5-28 helped India script a memorable win on a snake pit at the Wanderers, his six-wicket haul at Perth was a spell for the ages as he terrorized all batsmen with raw pace and accuracy.Published 03 Jan 2019, 18:08 IST