After India vs Pakistan, India, and Australia share the most ferocious rivalry in the cricket field whether it is an ODI match or a test. So far India has locked horns with the Aussies 143 times in ODIs, but in terms of winning, Australia has the upper hand over India. On the contrary, when it’s about taking wickets Indian bowlers move shoulder-to-shoulder with them. The Australian batting side is one of the most robust in the world. Only skillful bowlers can get under their skin and scare them. In this listicle, we will put you through the bowlers with the most ODI wickets for India against Australia.
The 1983 World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev tops the chart of most ODI wickets for India against Australia. From 1980 to 1994, the veteran all-rounder bagged 45 wickets in 41 matches at a decent average of 27.68 and a strike rate of 45.1. Kapil’s bowling was pure seam bowling with a pinch of whetted swing. The right-hand bowler from Haryana gave Australians sleepless times during his time and in fact, his most ODI wickets came against the yellow army. His best bowling figure down under was 5 for 43 in the 1983 World World Cup at Nottingham.
Former Mumbai-born speedster, Ajit Agarkar has taken the 2nd most ODI wickets for India against Australia. He made his ODI debut against Australia in 1998 and Adam Gilchrist was his first prey. Appearing on 21 occasions against Australia in ODI, Agarkar snapped 36 wickets at a wow strike rate of 29.1. Ajit bowled on a tight line and length and his miserly economy of 5.84 speaks volumes about it.
The spearhead of the Indian bowling lineup from 1994 to 2003, Javagal Srinath gets 3rd place on this elite list of highest ODI wicket-taker for India against Australia with 33 wickets in 29 games. With his effective pace, Srinath troubled the Kangaroos a lot at home and overseas. The ace fast bowler gave away runs at an economical rate of 4.89.
One of the few top spin bowlers to play for India, Harbhajan Singh finds himself in the 4th spot in terms of getting the most ODI wickets for India against Australia. Despite being a terrific spinner, Harbhajan did not have a good record as claimed only 32 wickets in 35 outings. The sole trait that the wizard can boast about is his economy of 4.63, it dictates the charm of his bowling.
Former Australian fast bowler Irfan Pathan has to feature on this elite list of most ODI wickets for India against Australia due to his heroics against the mighty yellow brigade. Pathan started his One Day career against them and took 10 wickets in 5 matches. Moving the ball both ways, the left-arm seamer often dismantled the Aussie batting attack and eventually ended with 31 scalps in 24 matches.
Kapil Dev has taken the most ODI wickets for India against Australia (45).
Mohammad Shami has got the most ODI wickets vs Australia among active Indians, with 32 wickets in 21 games.
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