Taking a five-wicket haul is an ultimate achievement for any bowler. In the game of cricket, a five-wicket-haul or a fifer is achieved when a bowler takes five or more wickets in a single Test inning. It is considered a significant achievement, which is quite a notable achievement similar to a century from a batsman.
While taking a fifer in home conditions has become mainstream, achieving the same thing in overseas conditions is the real deal. More importantly, the bowlers have often struggled in unfamiliar climes. Pitches in Australia and West Indies are traditionally known for their extra pace and bounce compared to subcontinental pitches.
Fast bowlers can be productive in Australian pitches throughout the game, particularly, if they can exploit reverse swing. On the contrary, the nature of the wicket can change across different islands in the West Indies. However, as the years progressed, there have been changes in pitch preparation and covering in the West Indies.
Needless to say, some bowlers have stepped up and delivered the goods by taking a fifer. Meanwhile, only three Indians have managed to take a fifer in both Australia and West Indies. In this listicle, let us now take a glimpse at the Indian pacers who picked a fifer in both of these nations.
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1. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev has been immensely successful in Tests as he took 434 wickets including 23 fifers and 2 ten-wicket hauls in his illustrious career. He took 5 five-wicket hauls in Australia and 2 five-wicket hauls in West Indies.
2. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah became the second Indian to take a five-wicket haul in both Australia and West Indies. The right-arm paceman took 2 five-wicket hauls in West Indies and a solitary fifer in Australia. Overall, he took 128 wickets in Tests including 8 fifers.
3. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj became the third Indian paceman to bag a fifer in both Australia and West Indies. The right-arm fast bowler took one fifer in Australia and West Indies respectively.
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Updated as of July 25, 2023*