Fans eagerly await the upcoming Red Ball battle between England and India. Both teams face each other in the test series of five games, which begins on Wednesday (August 4th) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
In addition, the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 begins with the England-India series. In particular, India met at the opening of the WTC New Zealand in the finals in Southampton and faced a loss of eight wickets.
England and India have one of the best bowling attacks in the world right now, and you can expect a top-notch bowling demonstration in the upcoming games. Out James Anderson to Ravichandran Ashwin, both nations are made up of superstar bowlers who can turn the game upside down. With that in mind, today we’re taking a look at the top five England-India tests wicket takers:
5.) Bishan Singh Bedi – 85 wickets
Former Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi enjoyed a tremendous battle against some of the highest quality batter of his time. The left-handed shooter used to take his opponents by surprise with classic spin bowling. The variations in flight, looping and pace without any change in action were his greatest unique selling point.
Bedi played 67 Tests and recorded 266 wickets with 14 four-wicket hauls and one 10-fer. The Amritsar boy was quite successful in his glorious career against England. He appeared in up to 22 red ball games against the English cricket team, winning 85 wickets with 12/167 being his best performance.
4.) Ravichandran Ashwin – 88 wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin is considered one of the most experienced bowlers in modern cricket. His art of catching clubs with incredible variations like Carrom Ball puts him on an elite list of nuts.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer also has an excellent record against England. He’s got 88 wickets in 19 games with 12/167 as his top numbers. Ashwin has bagged a total of 413 scalps in 79 games, and he’s only five wickets away to top the legend Harbhajan Singh (417) in the longest format.
3.) Anil Kumble – 92 wickets
Another weirdo on this list is none other than India’s all-time star Anil Kumble. The lanky leg spinner dominated world cricket with his unique spin bowling mixed with pace and bounce. Kumble has 619 wickets in 132 games and is the third highest wicket taker in test cricket history.
The Karanataka legend also has an impressive record against England. He appeared in 19 games against England, scooping 92 wickets, with 10/233 being his best performance.
2.) Bhagwath Chandrasekhar – 95 wickets
One of India’s greatest match winners, especially under overseas conditions, Bhagwath Subramanya Chandrasekhar was an absolute master at the ball. Chandrasekhar played cricket in the 1960-70s when fast bowlers dominated.
At such times the pitches were completely against spinners and Chandrasekhar proved his skills in the toughest phase. The Leggie recorded 242 wickets in 58 Test matches with 16 five-wicket hauls and two 10-heels.
Against England, Chandrasekhar bagged up to 95 wickets in 23 games averaging 27.27, with 9/107 being his best numbers.
1.) James Anderson – 118 wickets
The only English person on this list is swing bowler James Anderson. The Burnley Express doesn’t need an introduction to what a bowler it was in the game’s oldest format. Anderson is currently the tallest wicket taker among the approachers.
Anderson has 617 wickets in 162 games. He is only three wickets away to overtake India’s legend Kumble and become the third tallest red ball wicket taker. The right-handed bowler has played 30 Tests against India in which he took 118 scalps, with 9/43 being his best performance.