With the all-awaited World Test Championship final just days away, both teams will be gearing up to make their final statements as to why they deserve the championship trophy. Many players have showcased their best in this series and their stats speak for themselves.
Today we take a look at the most exceptional performances in the series so far.
Australian opening batsman rates the highest on the list for the highest individual score in the ICC World Test Championship, scoring 335* off 418 against Pakistan in Adelaide back in 2019 which helped the Aussies finish on the winning side by an innings and 48 runs. Zak Crawley of England comes in second, who scored 267 runs against the same opponents last year.
The Aussie middle-order star Marnus Labuschagne stands tall at the top of the table with 1675 runs from the 13 matches played in the World Test Championship. He averages 73 per game in this series with a total of 5 centuries and 9 fifties under his belt. The batsman has definitely set a high standard as he will be finishing up top even though there is a final left to be played.
There have always been some cricketers who play with the same aggressive mindset even in a five-day format and the World Test Championship was no different. Ben Stokes stands above all when it comes to most sixes hit as he has a total of 31, but has a close competitor in Rohit Sharma with 27 with a final left to be played.
The World Test Championship is currently the biggest stage of the red-ball format and so every performer hopes to showcase his best in the tournament, Pat Cummins didn't hold back as he is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 70 wickets, having close competition from Stuart Broad with 69. But his title may be under threat from Ravichandran Ashwin with 67 wickets and a game to go.
The honors of the best bowling figures in the World Test Championship series go to Lasith Embuldeniya for the figures 7 for 137 against England in Galle earlier this year. Though the Sri Lankan spinner had a standout performance in the first innings, Joe Root was exceptionally phenomenal and led England to a 6 wicket victory. The Sri Lankan spinner is joined by the Indian spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin, who also managed to pick up 7 wickets against South Africa, giving away 145 runs. Can the 34-year old overhaul the Lankan?
Wicket Keepers have continued to play a huge role in cricket and are crucial in terms of making catches in Test cricket. Tim Paine of Australia leads the way in this regard with 65 dismissals in which 63 are catches and 2 are stumpings. While the Aussie has the most catches as a keeper in this series, Rishab Pant leads in the way of stumpings with 5 to his name.
Partnerships are absolutely crucial in Test cricket and Kiwi batsmen Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls combined to score 369 runs, the highest partnership scored for any wicket in this series, also the highest 4th wicket partnership. While the Indians have the highest opening wicket partnership of 317 runs between Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma and 8th wicket of 112 runs partnership between Hanuman Vihari and Ishant Sharma.
While fielding has high stakes in the longest format of the game, Joe Root of England stands tall with a total of 34 catches from 20 matches. The next best is Steven Smith of Australia who has 27 catches from 13 matches.
Innings and 202 runs
The biggest win in the World Test Championship series was recorded by India playing against South Africa in Ranchi in Oct 2019. Indian won by an innings and 202 runs, with some exceptional performances by Rohit Sharma and the Indian bowlers. The Kiwis came with the second-best win by an innings and 176 runs against Pakistan earlier this year.
The New Zealand batsman has scored the highest total in this tournament when they came up against Pakistan earlier this year, scoring 659/6 during the second innings with Kane Williamson scoring a double hundred, Henry Nicholls, and Daryl Mitchell scoring a hundred. Kyle Jamieson picked up 11 wickets in that match effectively inflicting a heavy loss on the Pakistan team.
With New Zealand getting a head start with their ongoing series against England, it remains to be seen if the Indians will be able to adapt to conditions away from home. Let us know your comments on which stat impressed you the most and who do you think will win the World Test Championship.