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Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble holds the record for the most five wicket-hauls for India in Test cricket.

Having made his Test debut against England in 1990, Kumble became the most successful Indian bowler of all time and the fourth-highest wicket-taker in international cricket.

Between 1990 and 2008, Kumble picked up 35 five-wicket hauls - the most by any Indian bowler in Test cricket.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is second on the list for most five wicket-hauls for India in Test cricket. He has already taken 34 fifers in cricket’s longest format. Know players with most five wicket-hauls for India in Test cricket.

Most five-wicket hauls for India in Test cricket

Player

Span

Matches

Innings

Wickets

Average

Five-wicket hauls

Anil Kumble

1990-2008

132

236

619

29.65

35

Ravichandran Ashwin

2011-2023

93

176

486

23.61

34

Harbhajan Singh

1998-2015

103

190

417

32.46

25

Kapil Dev

1978-1994

131

227

434

29.64

23

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar

1964-1979

58

97

242

29.74

16

Anil Kumble | 35 fifers in 132 Tests

No bowler has won India more Test matches than the legendary Anil Kumble. Regarded as one of the greatest leg-spinners in Test cricket history, Kumble recorded 35 five-wicket hauls to his name. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (67), Shane Warne (37) and Richard Hadlee (36) finished their career with more five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. In his 18-year-long career, Kumble picked up 619 wickets in 132 Tests at an average of 29.65. 

Ravichandran Ashwin | 34 fifers in 93 Tests

Ravichandran Ashwin has been India’s biggest match-winner with the ball in Test cricket since making his debut against West Indies in 2011. The off-spinner has already registered 34 five-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game. Ashwin is currently India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 486 dismissals in just 93 matches at an impressive average of 23.61. 

 

 

Harbhajan Singh | 25 fifers in 103 Tests

Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh has the third-most five wicket-hauls for India in Test cricket. The right-arm off-spinner bagged 25 five-wicket hauls in 103 Tests. Having made his Test debut against Australia in 1998, Harbhajan finished his Test career with 417 wickets at an average of 32.46.

Kapil Dev | 23 fifers in 131 Tests

Former India captain Kapil Dev is fourth on the list for the five wicket-hauls for India in Test cricket. Between 1978 and 1994, Kapil Dev claimed 23 five-wicket hauls in 131 Tests for the Indian cricket team. He finished his legendary career with 434 Test wickets at an average of 29.64.

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar | 16 fifers in 58 Tests

Former leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar completes the top five list for most five wicket-hauls for India in Test cricket. Considered to be one of India’s biggest match-winners overseas in the 1960s and 70s, Chandrasekhar picked up 16 fifers in 58 Tests. He ended his career with 242 Test wickets at an average of 29.74.

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