After the retirement of Test greats like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan in late 2000s and early 2010s, the new decade saw the emergence of several promising bowlers. By the end of the decade, these bowlers had carved a name for themselves in test history. James Anderson has already broken the record of McGrath of the most wickets taken by a pace bowler while Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from Test cricket after a stellar career in which he took 439 wickets at an average of 22.95. Both these players feature on our list. In spin bowling, the decade was dominated by Rangana Herath and Ravichandran Ashwin, who tormented batsmen in Asian conditions helping their respective teams win numerous matches. The 10 bowlers who are being compared in the article have taken more than 200 wickets during the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019. Moreover, all these players have an average of less than 28.00 in the period. Lastly, I would like to remind you that the stats in the article are not the career stats of the players but only their stats in the 2010s. So, lets find out who is the Stat Sensei Test Bowler of the Decade.
The 3 most important stats in which a player can earn a maximum of 200.0 points. The other bowlers are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top bowler.
Points given for number of wickets taken in the period
Points given for average in the period
Points given for strike rate or number of balls taken to get a wicket
7 other criteria in which a player can earn a maximum of 100.0 points. The other bowlers are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top bowler.
#1 Big Performance Consistency
Points given for number of innings per five wicket haul
#2 Big Performance Potential
Points given for the 10 best performances in an inning
#3 In Top Form
Points given for most wickets taken in a calendar year
#4 In Victories
Points given for average in innings in which their nation won the match
#5 In Asia
Points given for average in Asian conditions
#6 Outside Asia
Points given for average outside Asia
#7 Top Opposition Away
Points given for average away from home against teams which have a better than 2.0 Win Loss Ratio in their conditions during the decade. These teams are India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England.
The Final Rating
Total number of points in the 10 criteria reduced to per 1,000 points.