Part-time bowlers are often a captain’s best friend when the regulars bowlers in the team are going all-round the park. Yuvraj Singh is a great example of such a kind of bowler whose job is to break partnerships. Sachin Tendulkar known for his batting records was more than a useful part-time bowler in his playing days and used to pick up important wickets.
In modern times, Glenn Maxwell and Moeen Ali are prime examples who take wickets regularly and often do a better job as part-time bowlers than regular bowlers do. In this article, we take a look at the best five spells by part-time bowlers in Test cricket history.
5 Best Spells By Part-Time Bowlers In Test Cricket History
Joe Root- 5/8 vs India (2021)
Root’s spell is the most recent example where part-time bowlers turned the match on its head for their respective teams. In the third Test match between England and India in Ahmedabad earlier this year, Root took 5/8 to bowl India out for 145 after England were bowled out for 112.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel shared nine wickets between themselves to bowl England out for just 81 in the second innings as India won the match by 10 wickets chasing 49 runs to win in the second innings. Though England lost the match, Root’s spell is one of the best in Indian conditions by a foreign bowler.