Steve O Keefe Wickets in India Vs Australia Test Series
Question in detailIt was experienced Lyon to have said studying Ashwin's bowling, but his rather inexperienced and lesser buoyant spin partner O'Keefe stunned Australia's critics with his six-fer on day second of Pune Test. Steve O'Keefe had claimed to inflict enough 'damage' ahead of the ongoing India tour. While many were taking his statement as just a mind game or a verbal duel, O'Keefe came quite practical with what he had said. The left-arm spinner, who is partnering with Lyon as Australia's frontline spinner at present, turned out to be the dark horse with six wickets to his name on day two of the first Test. And this great feat has made millions predict O'Keefe's wickets in India Vs Australia Test series.
Can Steve O'Keefe become the leading wicket taker in IND Vs AUS Test series? For many, the question doesn't sound that silly as it was before the left-arm spinner ran through Indian batting line-up in Pune Test. He came out to be a surprise package not just for India, but also for Australia as even they might not have expected him to come that much influential. He did enough damage to bundle out India for 105.
In 8 innings of 5 Tests Steve O'Keefe has picked up 20 wickets so far at an average of 24.70. Also, in the Sydney Test against Pakistan, he grabbed 4 wickets. O'Keefe is an impactful spinner and there is no doubt about the fact. Even if he bagged 6 wickets in the first innings of the Pune Test, it would be tad irony to predict him as leading wicket taker in IND Vs AUS Test series. Why? Both the sides India and Australia are studded with far better bowlers than O'Keefe with Ashwin and Starc being the front-runners of the title.
It was his lethal bowling display that restricted India at just 105. Can you believe this? Well, even the spinner himself might not have imagined to achieve the feat. But then putting a bold face on India's in-form batting line-up, Steve O'Keefe triggered a dramatic slide. Now after this daredevil performance, skipper Steven Smith will be relying a lot on O'Keefe's wickets in India Vs Australia Test series.
Will Australian spinner Steve O'Keefe script history becoming the leading wicket taker in India Test series?