All-time highest Test wicket-takers for India
India have been a fantastic nation in test match cricket, particularly in the last five years. They have won test series both home and abroad. At home, they haven’t been beaten since 2012/13 and they have won back-to-back series in Australia. These wins have been spearheaded by some excellent bowlers from the list of most test match wickets by Indian cricketers.
Bowling is crucial to winning tests abroad and therefore it is no surprise that India has the strongest bowling attack currently in world cricket. Quicks such as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have added to India’s ever present spin threat.
So, who makes the list of the top 10 most test match wickets by Indian cricketers?
In 10th place, is Ravindra Jadeja, one of India’s finest bowlers in the last 5 years. The left-arm spinner has been excellent in pretty much all conditions around the world. His accuracy and stamina make him a vital part of India’s test side.
In 51 tests, he has taken 220 wickets at a bowling average of 24.32. Due to his lethal attributes on all surfaces, Ravindra Jadeja is probably the best left-arm spinner in the world currently.
One of the finest fast bowlers that India had in the 1990s, Javagal Srinath features at number 9. A combination of injuries and being delegated to the third fast bowling option, meant that Srinath did not play as much as he could have for the early part of his career.
In 67 test matches, he picked up 236 wickets at a bowling average of 30.49.
Part of the famous Indian spin quartet, Chandrasekhar was a leg-spinner who was India’s greatest match-winner overseas for a number of years. He is ranked number 8 on this list. He was the key to both India’s first series win in England and first test win in Australia.
In 58 tests, he picked up 242 wickets at a bowling average of 29.74.
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Also part of the famous Indian spin quartet, is Bishan Bedi, in seventh place. He was a clever spin bowler who deceived batsmen in the air with his flight and guile. In 67 test matches, Bedi has picked up 266 wickets at a bowling average of 28.71.
The tall fast bowler, Ishant Sharma, who broke onto the scene by bowling a great spell vs Ricky Ponting at Perth, is number 6 on this list. In 98 test matches, Ishant has picked up 303 wickets at a bowling average of 32.20.
The left-arm fast bowler, Zaheer Khan is number 5 on this list. He spearheaded India’s pace attack for nearly a decade. His 2007 tour of England was very successful and helped India win the test series. In 92 test matches, Zaheer has picked up 311 wickets at a bowling average of 32.94.
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India’s finest current bowler, Ravi Ashwin finds a spot at number 4 for his fantastic performances both home and away over the last decade. He has been India’s best match-winner, along with Virat Kohli. In 75 tests, Ashwin has picked up 401 wickets at a bowling average of 24.95. Ravi Ashwin is also the best spin bowler in the world currently.
The most test match wickets by an Indian from the current crop of players. He recently became the fastest Indian to 400 test match wickets and the second-fastest ever behind Muttiah Muralitharan.
Harbhajan Singh features at number 3 due to his off-spin prowess. Some felt that he underachieved to some extent. Bhaji was excellent in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy and helped India claim a historic victory over the Australian Team.
In 103 test matches, Harbhajan Singh picked up 417 wickets at a bowling average of 32.46.
India’s most successful fast bowler – Kapil Dev, is second on the list. He inspired a generation with his fast bowling skills. In 131 test matches, he picked up 434 wickets at a bowling average of 29.64.
Number one on this list is India’s highest-ever wicket-taker – Anil Kumble. The leg-spinner picked up 619 wickets in 132 test matches at a bowling average of 29.65. He was excellent at bowling a good line and length. Kumble very rarely bowled bad deliveries. His 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan still remains the joint-highest ever, along with Jim Laker.
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