Just a few years ago, at a time when the T20 leagues were doing all the talking in terms of entertainment, the cricket experts had a strong hunch that Test cricket might not survive. We all know how TV viewership hit the peak and shattered records during the Indian Premier League.
Despite all the hullaballoos surrounding the IPL, the ICC has always tried to safeguard Test cricket by organizing more Tests. In fact, the apex cricket body took a step ahead by launching the World Test Championship, which is the premier championship for Test cricket.
The cricket fans breathed a sigh of relief after ICC fixed things to save Test cricket by introducing the WTC. Case in point, there is always tremendous pressure on the bowlers while playing in overseas conditions. At times, their plans or tactics might not turn out well and end up getting decimated by the batters.
However, some bowlers still figure out a way to help the team by taking crucial wickets. In this listicle, let’s know more about the three Indians with the best bowling figures in an overseas Test match.
1. B. S. Chandrasekhar
Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar operated as a leg-spinner for Team India from 1964 to 1979. He was one of the top spinners for the country, taking 242 wickets in 58 Tests. Chandrasekhar can take pride in the fact that he registered the best bowling figures in an overseas Test as an Indian. He registered 12/104 against Australia at Melbourne.
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2. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the best spinner in the world as far as the Test format is concerned. The premier off-spinner comes second on the list as he registered the second-best bowling figures in an overseas Test as an Indian. Ravi Ashwin registered 12/131 against the West Indies cricket team at Dominica.
3. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is one of the three cricketers who took 10 wickets in a Test inning. He is regarded as one of the greatest spinners of all time. India’s bowling great registered the third-best bowling figures in an overseas Test as an Indian. He registered 12/279 against Australia at Sydney.
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Updated as of July 21, 2023*