Indian cricket is filled with rich talent, with new generation bowlers Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal and more starting to make a name for themselves. However, before they can be considered among the crop of best Indian bowlers, they would have to perform exceptionally well for at least the next 8-10 years of their careers. Indian team has seen many legendary bowlers who went to accomplish great things, which made everyone in the cricket fraternity respect and revere them. Today, we have listed 8 Indian bowlers who found unparalleled success at the international level.
Here are 8 Indian bowlers who made a name for themselves:
1- Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is still the highest wicket-taker for India in international cricket. His tally of 619 wickets in Test cricket is a record that is hard to surpass for any other bowler from India. Kumble also achieved the unique feat of taking all ten wickets in a single inning. He was also a handy batter and had centuries to his name in the longest format of the game. Kumble also captained India in Test cricket and even coached the Indian national cricket team after his retirement. He is a legend and India’s greatest ever bowler without a speck of doubt.
2- Javagal Srinath
Before Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammed Shami took over the reins of the Indian pace attack, India relied on Javagal Srinath, who is the second highest wicket-taker for Indians in ODIs only behind Kumble. He is also among the top wicket takers for India in Test cricket. Javagal Srinath played an important role in quite a few victories for India and left a legacy behind.
3- Harbhajan Singh
No one would have thought that a young skinny boy from Punjab would go on to become one of the highest wicket-takers for India. Harbhajan Singh was lethal on the Indian pitches and contributed to a lot of famous victories, including the win that broke Australia’s streak of continuous Test wins. Bhajji was also involved in quite a lot of controversies throughout his highly popular career.
4- Zaheer Khan
The left-arm pacer is probably the best left-arm seamer to play for India. He was considered India’s best bowler around him, and the team’s strategy was formed with Khan as the main bowler. Zaheer outshined his contemporaries and came to be renowned as a legend of the game. He coaches the most successful franchise Mumbai Indians, in IPL.
5- Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar is a cricketer who made a name for himself in the cricketing world with his on-point line and length. He was a great asset to the Indian team, who could bat and save the team in crunch situations. Even the great Sachin Tendulkar does not have his name on the Lord’s honour board, but Agarakar’s name is etched there for eternity due to his brilliant ton. He is a great fast bowler who needs to be applauded more for his contribution.
6- Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra is a well-known bowler in the cricket world. He recently acted as coach for Gujarat Titans, the team which went on to lift the trophy. Nehra’s top-class bowling performance, in which he took 6 wickets by giving away only 23 runs against England, will always stay afresh in every Indian’s memory. He is loved for his simplistic personality and laidback attitude.
7- Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan retired quite early in his career due to Indian selectors neglecting him again and again despite delivering at the domestic level. However, in his short career, he made his presence felt with his insane swing that garnered him a hattrick against Pakistan in the first over of a Test match. Before Bhuvi and Deepak Chahar, he was the swing king of India.
8- Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is currently active in cricket and has already established himself as one of the best Indian bowlers to play the game. Ashwin is quickly approaching the tally of Kumble in Test cricket. Till now, he has picked up 442 wickets in just 82 matches. If he continues playing for five more years, he can come closer to the world record set by Muttiah Muralidharan in Test cricket.
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