West Indian pitches are traditionally known to be more helpful to fast bowling compared to that other countries. It is due to the fact that the warm and humid weather conditions can trigger the pitches to have more moisture. As a result, it can assist the fast bowlers to bring the best out of themselves.
Since there would be moisture, it helps the fast bowlers with swing and seam movement. This indeed gives a major upper hand to the fast bowlers to ruffle the batsmen’s feathers. Case in point, let’s go through the names of three Indian pacers who recorded the best ODI bowling figures in the West Indies.
1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India’s premier fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the most productive bowling assets. However, his cricketing career has quite often been blighted by injuries. Had it not been for his injuries, he would have taken more wickets.
Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes first on the list as he registered the first and second-best bowling figures in ODIs in West Indies. During India’s tour of West Indies in 2013, he registered top-notch bowling figures of 4/8 before taking 4/19 against them during the 2019 tour.
2. Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur has been turning out to be India’s most productive bowler in One-Day Internationals. He is the only Indian bowler to take 50 wickets since the ICC ODI World Cup 2019, which goes to show how effective he has been for the team. He comes next on the list as he registered his best bowling figures of 4/37 during India’s tour of West Indies in 2023.
3. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami has been one of the potent bowling weapons for India across all formats of the game. The experienced campaigner has been one of the very few Indian bowlers who has performed both at home and overseas conditions. The right-arm paceman comes next on the list as he registered 4/48 against West Indies when Team India toured the Caribbean nation back in 2017.
Updated as of August 4, 2023*