The position where the Indian cricket team is standing today did not happen overnight. Indian cricketers and other team members shed their blood and sweat to take the team where it is today. The world has witnessed many legends in cricket from the Indian cricket team. Indian Cricket has seen the uprising of many pacers and how they established and developed themselves in this sport. There are few Indian pacers who have been performing consistently since their debut and became a prominent part of the team at some point in their career. Some of them broke several records whereas some became the bowlers with the most test wickets. The dominance of the Indian pacers is noticeable in every match in all three formats. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Indian pacers with the most test wickets who literally creates a storm on the field every time.
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1. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is the one bowler who completes the Indian bowling lineup by every means. He is, without a doubt, one of the most important bowlers and one of the biggest talents of the Indian bowling lineup. He made his test debut against South Africa in January 2018. In his first match itself, he picked up 4 wickets. He took very little time to establish himself as one of the prominent bowlers of the Indian team.
In the ongoing test match between India vs England, he completed his 21st Test match. The first match of the series was his 21st match where he picked up 9 wickets in both innings. The expert in death overs also inscribed his name on the Honours Board for the 2nd time in Trent Bridge for his 5 wicket haul against England. He completed his 21st Test match by picking up a total of 92 wickets in all these matches and became the Indian pacer with the most test wickets.
2. Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan is a former Indian cricketer that completed the Indian team with his skills as an all-rounder bowler. He made his test debut in December 2003 against Australia. A lot of people considered him to be inspired by Kapil Dev by the way he emerged himself as one of the most talented swing and seam bowlers of the Indian team. In his first 21 Test matches, he has dismissed a total of 81 batsmen. His 21st test match took place in January 2006 against Pakistan where he dismissed 6 batsmen and made the total tally of 81 wickets. The former Indian cricketer has been a part of many victories starting from the historical win in Adelaide in 2003 true to the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
3. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev holds the third position in this list with 79 wickets in his first 21 Test encounters. The 1983 World Cup-winning Indian captain is regarded as one of the best all-rounders because of his excellent hard-hitting batting and mesmerizing bowling. The former Indian captain made his test debut in October 1978 against Pakistan. Even his 21st test match was also against Pakistan where he dismissed 9 batsmen.
4. Mohammed Shami
By taking 71 wickets in his first 21 test matches, Mohammed Shami holds the fourth spot on this list. In November 2013, Shami made his test debut against West Indies and picked up 9 wickets in his first match itself. The reverse swing specialist played his 21st test match against England in November 2016 and dismissed 3 batsmen. The right-arm pacer is still continuing his legacy, especially with the white ball.
5. S. Sreesanth
With 70 wickets in his first 21 test matches, Sreesanth holds the 5th position as a pacer with the most test wickets. The right-arm pacer made his debut against England in March 2006. In his very first match, he dismissed 4 batsmen. His 21st test match was played against New Zealand in November 2010 where he picked up two wickets. In these 21 test matches, he made a tally of 70 wickets. He played his last test match against England in August 2011 and was a prominent part of the team in all three formats. He was also a member of the winning Indian cricket team in the 2011 World Cup.