India have reached the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup 2023 with an unbeaten record, thanks to their formidable bowling attack. India’s bowlers have been the most effective and economical in the tournament, outperforming all other teams by a huge margin. They have taken 75 wickets at an average of 19.02 and an economy of 4.40, which are the best figures for any team in the history of the World Cups.
India have bowled out their opponents under 200 in five out of eight matches, and under 100 in two of them. They have also not conceded a single 300-plus total, while other teams have done so 11 times in the series. India’s bowlers have shown their versatility and skill in all phases of the innings, from the powerplay to the death overs, and have exploited the conditions to their advantage.
India’s pace and spin duo create havoc for the batsmen
India’s pace and spin combination has been lethal and unstoppable in this World Cup. India’s pacers have taken 48 wickets at an average of 18.31 and an economy of 4.76, while their spinners have taken 27 wickets at an average of 20.29 and an economy of 3.92. No other team has had such a balanced and potent attack in the series.
India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, has been the most economical bowler in the tournament, conceding only 3.65 runs per over. He has been especially effective in the powerplay, where he has given away only 2.73 runs per over and taken nine wickets. He has also been brilliant at the death, where he has taken six wickets and maintained an economy of 4.50.
Mohammed Shami, who replaced the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, has been a revelation for India. He has taken 16 wickets in four matches at an astonishing average of 7.00 and a strike rate of 9.6. He has also taken two hat-tricks in the series, becoming the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to do so in the World Cups.
India’s spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, have been equally impressive in the middle overs, where they have choked the run flow and picked up wickets regularly. Jadeja has taken 14 wickets at an average of 17.35 and an economy of 3.54, while Kuldeep has taken 11 wickets at an average of 20.54 and an economy of 3.97. They have also displayed their fielding prowess and contributed with the bat when needed.
India’s bowling attack is the best ever in the World Cups
India’s bowling performance in this World Cup has been unprecedented and unparalleled. They have set new records and benchmarks for other teams to follow. They have been the most consistent and dominant bowling unit in the series, and have played a crucial role in India’s success.
India’s bowling average of 19.02 is the lowest for any team in any World Cup, surpassing Australia’s 18.33 in 2003. Their economy of 4.40 is also the lowest for any team in any World Cup, beating Afghanistan’s 5.26 in 2019. Their strike rate of 25.9 is the second-best for any team in any World Cup, behind Australia’s 21.0 in 2003.
India’s bowling attack is also the first in the history of the World Cups to have both their pace and spin departments boast of the best average, economy and strike rate in the series. They have shown their adaptability and versatility in different conditions and against different opponents, and have proved their mettle as the best bowling attack in the world.