List of top 5 Best Bowlers in Indian Cricket.

In this article, we will take a look at the greatest Indian bowlers, who, with their exceptional bowling prowess, have established themselves as the best bowlers in India. We’ll be considering the best bowlers in India of all time rather than the current Indian bowlers.


1. Anil Kumble


Unarguably, the finest spin bowler to have played for the Indian cricket team. Anil Kumble spearheaded India’s bowling attack during his cricket years. With his presence in the team, Indian bowling witnessed some of its most glorious years. He was a dextrous and an unfathomable bowler whose mind-blowing googlies gave a hard time to batsmen. Kumble was a maestro of spin bowling. His bowling action was rather extraordinary. He was accurate, combined an optimum pace to his leg-breaks, which was not very typical of spin bowlers, and applied plenty of variations to his spin.

“Jumbo” was capable of single-handedly taking down the whole of the opposition team. Who can forget his mind-boggling 10-wicket haul in 1999, which made him only the second player ever to do so. Kumble has an outstanding career record. He remains the third-highest wicket-taker in Test, having 619 wickets in merely 132 matches. The honorary Padma Shri winner is without a question one of the best bowlers in India.


2. Javagal Srinath


Javagal Srinath was an invaluable bowler of the Indian cricket team during the 90s.  A powerhouse of talent, his commendable bowling has played a pivotal role in numerous victories of the team. He was a formidable pacer and team India’s leading wicket-taker. Owing to his supreme quality of bowling, Srinath had a dazzling career. The speedster is the only Indian pacer to have played four World Cup tournaments. Srinath became the first Indian bowler to take 300 ODI wickets.

Javagal Srinath has 236 wickets in 67 Tests under his belt. By the time he retired (after the World Cup in 2003), he had taken 315 wickets in 229 ODI matches. Srinath is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, one of the best bowlers in India.


3. Kapil Dev

There is no question about the fact that Kapil Dev remains one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. The Haryana Hurricane was a treat to watch while he let out fireworks of both runs and wickets. He bowled with commendable pace and flawlessly executed outswingers and inswingers. Dev was clever with his bowling action, and his sense of length and direction made him an adept wicket-taker.
During his time he became the first and the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, knocking out 434 wickets in 131 matches. His ODI numbers are no less impressive as he has about 253 wickets in 225 matches. Juggling captaincy, batting and bowling, and excelling in all the three is no facile task, but Kapil “Paaji” did it and did it with finesse. He is, hands down, one of the best bowlers in India. His great work as a captain got him to be inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.


4. Zaheer Khan


Zaheer Khan created an intimidating atmosphere around batsmen on the field, owing to his magnificent swings and fast-paced deliveries. He showed discipline in his bowling, yet was brutal when it came to hunting down wickets. His perfectly delivered yorkers could eliminate even the most destructive batsmen with ease. This made him the most reliable bowler in the team. His consistency and the ability to play under pressure made him one of the best bowlers in India. During his time, team India did have quality spin bowlers but there was a lack of fast bowlers. Zaheer spearheaded the bowling attacks as a pacer. Some of his career-defining performances include the 2011 World Cup tournament, during which he took 21 wickets in 9 matches. Zaheer ranks 6th in taking the highest number of wickets in World Cups.


5. Ravichandran Ashwin


Team India has been immensely fortunate to have such a talented bowler on their side. Ravichandran Ashwin has proved his mettle in all the three formats of the game with his stunning off-breaks. His tactical use of angles and variations in the spin effectively eliminates important wickets, attenuating the opposition team. Ashwin has made a mark for himself in the league of brilliant bowlers with his excellent carrom ball deliveries. When it comes to spin bowling, he lies at the top of the best Indian spinners list, transcending the legacy of even Anil Kumble.

When it comes to Test cricket, Ashwin boasts of an impressive record. With a bowling average of 25.36, Ashwin has amassed 362 wickets in just 70 Test matches. He has accomplished the feat of taking the fastest 350 wickets in Test, in only 66 matches (a record he jointly shares with Muttiah Muralitharan). He has also achieved the milestone of taking the fastest 300 wickets in Test. These are just a few of his achievements that speak for his unquestionable talent and justify why he is one of the best bowlers in India.

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