Test cricket has always been the prime format of the game and players excelling in this format consistently become legends. In the 2000s due to batting pitches, we had high scores in test cricket but in the current decade the bowlers have made a comeback and test cricket has become more interesting as we are witnessing more results.
Former Australian captain and legend Ian Chappell, who is also a highly respected cricket expert has recently rated his top 5 best bowlers in test cricket in current times. His picks were Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada , Ashwin , Md Shami & Ishant Sharma. Ian Chappell did not include James Anderson in his list and as a logic, he said that he missed a lot of test cricket due to injury in recent times though he also acknowledged that if only swing is the criteria then Anderson can come in.
Chappell said that Ishant is a fine bowler and his record since 2018 is excellent.
Chappell mentioned that Pat Cummins is the best in the World as he always gives everything even in the most difficult circumstances. Lillee compared Cummins attitude to the legendary Dennis Lillee whom he captained during his playing days.
Chappell rated Ashwin as a better off-spinner than Nathan Lyon. He said “Nathan Lyon, to me, I think runs get scored through the onside when he is bowling to the right-handers and that really just shouldn’t happen. Yes, he is a fine bowler but I think Ashwin is a better bowler,”.
Thus Chappell’s top 5 current bowlers are :