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India vs West Indies stats: Who are the Top 5 Indian bowlers to take most Test wickets?

India vs West Indies Test matches are one of the most interesting faceoffs, as their series are full of ups and downs. The Games of both the teams have evolved a lot since the beginning, but the level of competitiveness against each other is still the same. Both India and West Indies have produced some of the world’s greatest bowlers of all time. West Indies, right from the beginning, was the more fast bowling focused team. Whereas, the Indian team was a mixture of both fast and spin bowling. The question here is, Who are the top 5 Indian bowlers to take most wickets in India vs West Indies Test matches? Once West Indies had some of the finest bowlers of all time. Bowlers such as Malcolm Marshall, Lance Gibbs, Andy Roberts were the most dominating bowlers of their time. However, West Indies bowlers lost their edge over time.  

In India vs West Indies, there are many bowlers who have managed to take wickets more than any bowler can ever imagine. West Indies bowler, Malcolm Marshall, tops the list with 76 wickets of top 5 West Indies bowlers to take most wickets against India. In India, the most wickets taken by any bowler against West Indies is Kapil Dev. He has taken an astonishing 89 wickets against West Indies in Test matches. In the recent Test series of India vs West Indies, Ravichandran Ashwin took his 8th 10 wickets haul. He has now equalled the record of Anil Kumble. India and West Indies will play their 100th Test match on 20 July 2023. In the last 99 Test matches, India won 23 times, while West Indies 30. 

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List of top 5 Indian bowlers to take most wickets in India vs West Indies Test matches

  • Kapil Dev- 89 wickets

Kapil Dev is considered as one of the finest players of all time. He is the first Indian captain to win the World Cup of 1983. Kapil Dev tops the list of top 5 with 89 wickets against West Indies in Test matches. 

  • Anil Kumble- 74 wickets

Anil Kumble is one of the greatest spinners of all time. Anil Kumble is the only Indian spinner to take 10 wickets in a single innings. Against the West Indies, Anil Kumble has taken 74 wickets.

  • S. Venkataraghavan- 68 wickets

S. Venkataraghavan, a former Indian captain has taken a total of 68 wickets against West Indies in Test matches. He is at the 3rd position with most wickets.

  • Ravichandran Ashwin- 64 wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin is the best Test bowler currently. He has taken a total of 64 wickets against West Indies and comes at the 4th position. 

  • Harbhajan Singh- 60 wickets

Harbhajan Singh, the ‘Turbanator’ has taken a total of 60 wickets in India vs West Indies Test matches. He comes in 5th position.

Most wickets by Indian bowlers against West Indies in Test matches

PlayerMatchesWicketsCountry
Kapil Dev2589India
Anil Kumble1776West Indies
S. Venkataraghavan2374India
Ravichandran Ashwin1168India
Harbhajan Singh1267West Indies

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