India has always been a nation that has produced a truckload of talented cricketers in its history. Be it batsmen, or bowlers, Team India has been blessed with many big names who went on to did the nation proud with their significant contributions. The players put up a great fight and built a great career over time.
Talking specifically about the bowlers, spinners have dominated the game more than the pacers. India’s leading wicket-taker is Anil Kumble, who operated as a leg-spinner during the heydays of his playing career. Succeeding in Test cricket is the ultimate challenge.
It is absolutely important to assess the conditions in order to thrive on match day. In this article, we will now take a glimpse at the four Indians who took the most wickets in the longest format of the game.
1. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble has been the greatest-ever spinner in the history of Indian cricket without a shadow of any doubt. With subtle bowling variations of immaculate line and length, he became one of the vital cogs of India’s bowling unit. It is worth mentioning here that he has taken as many as 619 wickets in Tests, which is the most by an Indian in Test cricket. Kumble scored 2506 runs in Tests including 1 century and 5 half-centuries.
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2. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best spinners in the existing era. The experienced campaigner has well and truly delivered the goods with the ball and bat when it mattered the most. He comes second on the list as he has accounted for 479 dismissals in the purest format of the game. Besides his bowling credentials, he has been productive with the bat wherein he scored 3185 runs including 5 centuries and 14 fifties.
3. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev will forever be remembered for his immense contribution to Indian cricket. It was under his captaincy, India defeated the mighty West Indies to win the maiden ICC Men’s ODI World Cup in 1983. India’s legendary all-rounder comes third on the list as he took 434 wickets in Tests. On the other hand, he scored 5248 runs including 8 centuries and 27 half-centuries.
4. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh was one of the notable spinners in the history of Indian cricket. He comes next on the list as he has accounted for 417 dismissals in Tests. Apart from that, he was a handy lower-order batsman wherein he scored 2224 runs including 2 centuries and 9 half-centuries.
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Updated as of August 15, 2023*