Most Test Wickets Against India

Most Test Wickets Against India

India is one of the great cricketing nations that prioritize test cricket over any other format and continuously contributes to the survival of this substantial format. Predominately a batting powerhouse, India always churns out some peerless batsmen to strengthen their team. In the 80s, batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman in the 1990s and 2000s, and the modern batters in form of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma currently chokes the opponents with their sensational and disciplined batting display. Indian batsmen don’t throw their wickets away unless a bowler bowls on tight lines and length and gets under their skin with perfect planning. In this article, we will discuss the bowlers with the most test wickets against India

James Anderson has Most Test Wickets Against India

James Anderson 

One of the greatest bowlers of all time, English pace maestro James Anderson has taken the most test wickets against India. In his illustrious prolonged career, Anderson has claimed 139 wickets in 35 tests at a decent average of 24.89 and a strike rate of 55. Although Anderson’s most of the wickets emerged in his home country, no one can deny his ability to swing the ball both ways to dismantle any mighty batting lineup in the globe. Nicknamed the “Burnley Express”, Anderson took 6 fifers against them. 

Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon who is an unsung hero of the Australian bowling line up made a cut to reserve the 2nd position on the most test wickets against India tally. Taking wickets on the bouncy and fast pitch make Lyon a bit more dangerous on the spin-friendly Indian wickets. Having played 26 games, the ace bowler has 116 scalps in his name at a decent average of 32.40. Appropriate line length with pace variations makes Lyon fatal. His supreme bowling performance came against India itself on a turning surface in Nagpur in 2016, 8/50. 

Muttiah Muralitharan 

Former Srilankan Spin wizard, Muttiah Muralitharan finds 3rd place on the tip-top chart of most test wickets against India. Being an off-spinner, Muraitharan always loved the Indian conditions as it was icing on the cake for his flawless bowling, aiding him to bag 105 wickets in 22 matches. The calm spin bowler might not have great numbers in form of average and strike rate but his 2 ten-wicket hauls are the most by any bowler against India in the test. 

Imran Khan 

The most elegant skipper of Pakistan, Imran Khan used to be on the roll against his arch-rival India. The reverse swing specialist piled up 94 wickets in 23 test matches, which is 4th most against India. With his electrifying pace and impeccable line and length, Imran struck in every 54 balls. The right-hand all-rounder grabbed 6 fifers and 2 ten-fers against the men in blue.

Malcolm Marshall 

The best fast bowler of the 80s, Malcolm Marshall is featured in the 5th spot in terms of taking the most test wickets against India with 76 wickets in 17 matches. With only 1.8 mt in height, Marshall was brutal to the Indian team every time he came to play due to his raw pace and exact spot. The Caribbean veteran had an astonishing strike rate of 46.1 against India alongside the best of 6 for 37. 

Player Mat Inn WicsAVGSRBest 5-Wics10-Wics
J Anderson (ENG)356613924.8955.005/2060
N Lyon (AUS)264711632.4063.68/5092
M Muralitharan (SL)223210532.6166.88/8772
I Khan (PAK)23389424.0454.008/6062
M Marshall (WI)17307621.9846.16/3761
S Broad (IND)24437428.5159.16/2520
AME Roberts (WI)14256721.7045.27/6441
W Hall (WI)13266518.7842.66/4941
C Walsh (WI)15256520.2448.006/6241
D Steyn (SA)14236521.5341.87/5151
Who picked up the most test wickets against India?

James Anderson picked up the most wickets against India (139 wickets).

Who made the most test runs against India?

Ricky Ponting made the most test runs against India (2555).

Which spinner has taken the most test wickets against India?

Nathan Lyon has taken the most test wickets against India among spinners, 116 wickets in 26 matches.

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