For some unknown reason, this post in Dec 2015 was the most popular of my cricket-related posts and got over 700 views in that month.
So I thought of revising it in 2020.
The first question we asked was “Who is the best opening bowler of the 2010s?”
Here we set the bowling position as #1 or #2, and a minimum of 50 wickets.
You may have thought of someone like Steyn or Mitchell Johnson or Morkel.
In Dec 2015, R Ashwin had the best average, BW Hilfenhaus the best economy rate, and Ashwin again with the best strike rate.
When we consider the entire 2010s:
There is another unexpected result with the burly Rangana Herath having the best bowling average here. He is followed by Bumrah (expected) and Rabada (also expected). Ashwin is 4th.
Other spinners here are MDK (Dilruwan) Perera, and MH Miraz.
This time Mohammad Abbas has the best economy rate and K Rabada the best strike rate.
Next, who is India’s best opening bowler? Surely Kapil or Srinath?
In 2015 we got Ashwin again (followed by Srinath and Kapil). Phadkar had the best economy rate and Ashwin the best strike rate.
Again in 2020, we consider all those who bowled at 1 or 2 for India and took at least 50 wickets up to the end of 2019.
This time Bumrah leads, followed by his contemporaries Ashwin and B Kumar.
Phadkar still has the best economy rate. Bumrah has the best strike rate while Ashwin is second.
Finally, who was India’s best all-rounder? We consider all those who scored at least 1000 runs and took 100 wickets up to the end of 2019.
In 2015, it was Ashwin followed by Kapil and Pathan.
In 2020, the topper was not Ashwin but one of his contemporaries.
Indeed, this is led by Jadeja who is followed by Ashwin and Kapil. Of course, anyone below Shastri in this table should not really be called an all-rounder.