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In pictures: Indian cricketers with most Test wickets at home

The list includes Ravichandran Ashwin, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev and Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin in his 99th Test returned with figures of 5/51 on February 25, his 35th five-wicket haul in the longest format

Our Web Desk Published 26.02.24, 03:17 PM
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Ravichandran Ashwin's remarkable feat of claiming the wickets of Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope propelled him to a total of 351 wickets, surpassing Anil Kumble's milestone of 350 wickets in India. Ashwin ranks first on the list with 354 Test wickets. During the intense clash between India and England in the third Test at Rajkot in February 2024, Ashwin as he became only the second Indian bowler to amass 500 or more wickets in Test cricket, solidifying his status as a titan of the game.

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Anil Kumble now stands second on the list with 350 wickets on home soil for his country in Test cricket, a testament to his remarkable bowling prowess. Across 63 Test matches, he boasted an economy of 2.51 and a best bowling performance of 14/149. His crowning glory came in the 1999 Delhi Test against Pakistan, where he mesmerised the world with a spell of 10/74.

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Harbhajan Singh, the iconic off-spinner, carved out a remarkable Test career, leaving a lasting legacy with an impressive tally of 265 wickets in red-ball international cricket. He claimed 265 wickets in just 55 home Test matches. With a commanding economy rate of 2.69 and a best bowling effort of 15/217, Harbhajan cemented his status as a legend of the game.

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The 1983 World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev stands as one of the finest all-rounders India has ever produced, leaving an enduring legacy. His Test career saw him claim a total of 219 wickets, showcasing his prowess with both bat and ball on the international stage. Kapol Dev has a formidable record of 219 wickets in 119 innings at an impressive economy rate of 2.85 at home. His monumental performance includes a best bowling figure of 11/146, showcasing his mastery on the cricketing stage.

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Ravindra Jadeja currently ranks fifth on the list with 211 Test wickets, making him the second active bowler in this elite group. Amidst the electric atmosphere of the third Test clash between India and England at Rajkot's Niranjan Shah Stadium in February 2024, the all-rounder Jadeja achieved a remarkable feat. With a masterful display of skill and precision, Jadeja secured his 200th Test wicket on home turf, solidifying his status as one of India's bowling greats. His pivotal dismissal of England's captain, Ben Stokes, marked a historic milestone in Jadeja's career.

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