The Indian bowlers over the years have shown drastic improvement. Both the past and present-day Indian bowlers have risen to the occasion and gave Indian sports fans some memorable victories to cherish.
Here are the 7 Indian Bowlers ruling the hearts of Cricket Fans:
Kapil Dev was better known as an Indian fast bowler. Kapil Dev single-handedly led the Indian Fast Bowling line up at the time when India was not known for producing fast bowlers. He had created a legacy and that will be remembered for many years to come.
Kapil had a test career that lasted longer than any other Indian fast bowler as he represented India in 131 matches between 1978 and 1994. He took 434 wickets of the opposition batsmen at a good average of 29.64. Between 1994 and 2001, he was the world record holder of most wickets by a bowler in test cricket. It was under his leadership that India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
Zaheer Khan became India’s lead pacer and changed everything. Zaheer was the first among the huge population of left-arm fast bowlers who made debut for India during the 2000s and was also the most successful.
Zaheer had the ability to swing the ball in both the directions. Between 2000 and 2014, Zaheer played 92 test matches for the Indian team. In the 92 fixtures which he played, he had taken 311 wickets of the opposition batsman.
Now this may surprise many, but Ishant Sharma is one of the most consistent Indian bowlers, when it comes to Test Cricket. Ishant made his debut in 2007 at the age of 18, at present, he is the senior most fast-bowler in the team.
While he did not find appropriate successes in the shorter formats of the game, but his career in long formats is good and different. In the past 11 years, has played 82 test matches for India and has 238 wickets to his name in that period. He also has seven 5-wicket hauls and has taken 10 wickets in a match once
Ajit Agarkar represented India in more than 200 international matches in all three formats of the game. He is the third highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs. At his prime, he bowled at speed more than 90 mph owing to his athletic body and a good run up speed.
Agarkar holds the Indian record for the fastest bowler to pick 50 ODI wickets. He holds the record of becoming the fastest player to score 1000 runs and claim 200 wickets in ODIs. He is one amongst the eight Indian players, who have scored a century at Lord’s, England.
Erapalli Prasanna was the greatest practitioner of off-spin bowling in the 1970s, He put a lot of thought into his deliveries. He picked a total of 189 wickets in his 49 test long career.
Prasanna was the architect of India’s first series win on New Zealand soil in 1967-68 under ‘Tiger’ Pataudi. He averaged 31.12 capturing 31 wickets in eight tests. One of the legendary Indian bowlers, Prasanna captured 81 wickets at an average of 17.61 in 15 victorious matches
One of the great spin bowlers in the world, Anil Kumble was also the captain of the Indian side Tests. He played international cricket for 18 years. Kumble was a right-arm leg spin bowler. He took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker of all time. Kumble was selected as the Cricketer of the Year in 1993 Indian Cricket, and one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three years later.
Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor in 2005. In October 2012, Kumble was appointed the chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s cricket committee.
Kumar is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who swings the ball both ways efficiently, with his inswingers more effective than outswing. His talent was first noticed in a T20 match against Pakistan, where he successfully took a three-wicket haul. He has only played 21 tests and taken 63 wickets. Bhuvi has a bowling average and economy of 26.1 and 2.94, and is considered one of the best Indian fast bowlers in Indian history.
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