Cricket is more than a game and as they say, it is more like a religion. And as we religiously follow the game, the news that Ravichandran Ashwin has become the no. 1 Test bowler is a real treat for the new year. It won’t be wrong if I say that India is more of batting side and have always known for great batsman namely Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and the list goes on. But at the same time, Indian spinners too have known in the world cricket for their class bowling and here we present the list of the greatest 5 spinners from India
Better known for his 413 runs opening partnership with Pankaj Roy, Mankad was one of the first successful spinners for India. He was a slow left-arm bowler, Mankad took 162 wickets in 44 test matches including 8 five wicket hauls.
Bishan Singh Bedi
Known as the first star spin bowler, Bishan Singh Bedi was the one who broke Vinoo Mankad’s 162 wickets record. Bedi was also the key bowler of the India’s famous spinner quartet. Bedi played 67 test and took 266 wickets and also lead the team in 22 test matches.
The man doesn’t need any introduction, the leg spinner is India’s highest wicket taker in the test with 619 wickets and third highest wicket taker in the history of cricket. Kumble is better known for his accuracy of line and pace variations and the spinner is one of two bowlers, who claimed all 10 wickets in an inning. The leg-spinner was also India’s captain. Kumble played 132 tests and claimed 5 or more wickets 35 times.
While, Kumble was almost unplayable, he didn’t get the good support from the other end, until a young Sardar bowler got the fame by becoming first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in test cricket. Harbhajan has taken 417 wickets in 103 test matches, which makes him 3rd highest wicket taker in the Indian cricket history, just 2 wickets short of Kapil Dev’s 419.
After Kumble’s retirement and Harbhajan’s irregular form, everyone started to think that the era of great Indian Spinners is about to end, but at the very same time a boy from Chennai rose to fame and he was Ravichandran Ashwin. By far, Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler to reach 50, 100 and 150 wickets. In his 32 test long career, Ashwin has claimed 176 wickets with an impressive 16 time 5 wicket haul. The latest feather in Ashwin’s crown is that he became no.1 test bowler, second Indian bowler after Bishan Singh Bedi.