Test cricket is the most challenging format compared to the other two formats of international cricket. Be it scoring runs or taking wickets, Test cricket can be demanding. Since the format is played over five days, it typically involves more overs and longer spells for the bowlers compared to the limited-overs (ODIs or T20Is).
As a result, the bowlers need to have a high level of skill, mental resilience, endurance and patience to consistently take wickets. While performing in the home conditions isn’t much of a challenge, delivering the goods outside the Asian conditions is the real deal.
Despite these challenges, successful Test bowlers often have scintillating records with several wickets to their names. In this article, let’s dive deep into the list of six Indian fast bowlers who bagged the most Test wickets outside Asia.
1. Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma who represented Team India across all three formats of international cricket has bagged the most Test wickets by an Indian pacer outside Asia. The lanky pacer took as many as 171 wickets to his name.
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2. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev who is widely acknowledged as one of the best bowling all-rounders in the world comes next on the list as he has taken 155 wickets outside Asia.
3. Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan was one of the linchpin of the Indian bowling attack during the playing days of his cricketing career. The former southpaw comes third on the list as he has taken 147 wickets outside Asia.
4. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami is currently the highly-rated Indian pacer across formats of international cricket. The experienced campaigner has bagged 143 wickets outside Asia.
5. Javagal Srinath
Javagal Srinath has been the most successful fast bowler for India as he bagged 551 wickets (236 in Tests, 315 in ODIs) in international cricket. He comes next on the list as he took 117 wickets outside Asia.
6. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best fast bowlers in the world. The right-arm paceman follows next on the list as he took 114 wickets outside Asia.
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Updated as of September 4, 2023.