Data | Who were the decade's best in Test cricket?

India had an exceptional decade in Tests, especially at home, where it won almost three-fourth of the matches it played

Updated - January 01, 2020 07:53 pm IST

Published - January 01, 2020 05:02 pm IST

Steve Smith greets Virat Kohli. File

Steve Smith greets Virat Kohli. File

India’s best batsman was Virat Kohli, while R. Ashwin topped the charts among bowlers. Alastair Cook was the decade’s top run-getter while Steve Smith was the most consistent. Among bowlers, James Anderson stood out with 429 scalps

Off the bat

The chart plots Test batsmen who played at least 20 matches in the last decade. Eight Indians feature among the elite (high avg. and most runs, shown in the shaded region). Among them, five are currently active.

Elite batsmen of the decade

image/svg+xmlIndians amongthe elite are Kohli,Pujara, Rahane, Vijay,Dhawan, Dhoni,Tendulkar and Sehwag051015202530354045505560650K1K2K3K4K5K6K7K8K9KRunsCountryNullIndia98765432100102030405060Batting averageMeanMeanKohliTendulkarSangakkaraVogesLaxmanSmithCookPujaraWilliamsonDravidRootRahaneDhoniOthersIndiansRuns (in ‘000)

Swing, seam and spin 

The chart plots Test bowlers who picked at least 25 wickets in the last decade. Three Indians are among the elite (low strike rate and most wickets, shown in the shaded region)

Elite bowlers of the decade

image/svg+xmlIndia picked-up 16.9 wicketsper match, the second-highest in the decade afterAustralia (17.3)30405060708090100110120130SR050100150200250300350400450Wkts45040035030025020015010050013011090705030MeanMeanStrike rateWicketsAshwinRabadaSteynIshantJadejaAndersonShamiUmeshCumminsLyonOthersIndians

Team records

image/svg+xmlTeamMatAllHomeAwayIndia10752.3%74%33.3%Australia11250.9%67.3%37.2%South Africa50%64.6%34.2%England12645.2%61.2%30.2%Pakistan8339.8%48.6%33.3%Team records (number of matches, win %)90

Top run-getters

image/svg+xmlPlayerInnRunsAvg.A. Cook201881846.41J. Root164735948.41V. Kohli141720254.97S. Smith130716462.84D. Warner153708848.21Top run-getters

Top wicket-takers

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