- Tim Southee took five wickets for the 13th time in his 80th Test.
- Saudi has the best bowling average as an overseas fast bowler since 2018.
- The Saudis have played a lot of cricket in India across all formats and this is their third Test tour.
Kanpur. New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has attributed his stupendous success outside the country in the last three years to his quick adapting to overseas conditions and improving his skills with the old ball. Saudi took the 13th five-wicket haul in his 80th Test, including his second five-wicket haul in India. This put his team in a strong position against the hosts on the second day of the opening Test here. While the Indian fast bowlers struggled to get wickets, Southee made excellent use of the crease and troubled the rival team’s batsmen by getting swing on the slow pitch with the new and old ball. His partner Kyle Jamieson also did not lag behind with the new ball.
The Saudis have played a lot of cricket in India across all formats and this is their third Test tour. He also bowled full length to make the batsmen come forward and play which the Indians could not do.
The 32-year-old bowler said that with the experience of playing in India, he was able to bowl like this. Saudi, who played his first Test in India in 2010, said, “I have been fortunate that I got the opportunity to come and play in this part of the world since I was young. I have learned a lot from the lessons I was taught early in my career.
Saudi also has the best bowling average as an overseas fast bowler since 2018, surpassing Pat Cummins, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. Although he plays in all formats, his love for Test matches can also be gauged from the fact that he always carries the red ball in his bag, irrespective of the format he is playing in.
Talking about his success in the last three years, Saudi said, “As I said, it is just hunger to do better. Every time you represent your country, you find different ways to learn and get better at the same time. “His success has also been contributed to by improving his old ball skills.
“The important thing is to get swing with the new ball but practicing more and more with the old ball and finding different ways to take wickets (in the last 3-4 years) and doing the same in subcontinental conditions here has been beneficial,” he said. Is. On the improvement in average with the old ball, he said, “I am not sure about that. But maybe it’s because of practicing with the old ball and working too hard with it.
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