- In past, Indian Team was mostly depends on spinners.
- Here’s the list of India’s top 5 fast bowlers ever.
Nowadays, the pace bowling unit of The Indian cricket team has one of the best in the world. But in past Indian team don’t have a good pace bowling attack.
The Indian team was always depending on spinners but in that time too some Indian fast bowlers make an impact on world cricket…
here are the top 5 pace bowlers of Indian cricket ever…
1. Zaheer Khan (2000-2014)
No doubt, Zaheer Khan is the Best Bowler of Indian Cricket History. A left-arm fast-medium bowler was known for his ability to “move the ball both ways off the wicket and reverse swing with the old ball at some pace.”In the 2011 ODI World Cup win, He was leading the pace attack with 21 wickets in just 9 games.
He played 92 test matches, 200 ODIs and 17 T20Is for team India and grab 311, 282 and 17 wickets respectively.
He is more dangerous against left-handed batsmen. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (325) and Shaun Pollock (252) have dismissed more left-handed batsmen than Zaheer Khan, who dismissed left-handed batsmen 237 times.
He won the Arjuna Award in 2011, India’s second-highest sporting award given by the President of India.
Zaheer is on the top of India’s top 5 fast bowlers ever list.
Kapil dev (1978-1994)
Kapil Dev Ram Lal Nikhanj is a former Indian cricketer and captain. He was a fast bowler and a hard-hitting middle-order batsman. Regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders of the game. He was named as the Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002.
Kapil was captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He is the only player in the cricket history to have taken 400 wickets and scored more than 5000 runs in Test cricket.
Kapil Dev was known for his energetic curved run-up and dangerous out-swingers. He was an aggressive lower-middle order batsman who could destroy any bowling attack with the bat.
He scored 5248 runs in 131 Test matches and 3783 in 225 ODIs. Kapil have 434 and 253 wickets in Test and ODI matches respectively.
Javagal Srinath is considered among India’s finest fast bowlers. He is the first Indian fast bowler to take more than 300 wickets in ODls.
Srinath was the second Indian Fast bowler to take 200 Test wickets after Kapil Dev. He was a front-line fast bowler for Team India until his retirement.
Srinath played 67 test and 229 ODIs matches for Team India and took 236 and 315 wickets respectively. He was the first Indian bowler who took 300 wickets in ODIs.
Also Read: India’s Top 5 Left-handed Batsman In ODIs.
Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar, was known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, both with the new and the old balls. He represented India in more than 200 international matches in all three formats of the game. He is the third-highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs.
Ajit Agarkar considered as a fast-bowling all-rounder. Team India used Agarkar as a pinch hitter in ODIs. He had good batting skills with extra slogging. Ajit smacked the 50 runs in just 21 balls in 2000 against Zimbabwe, fastest by any Indian in ODIs.
He played 26 test, 191 ODIs, 4 T20Is matches for India and scored 571, 1269 and 15 runs respectively and grab 58, 288, and 3 wickets respectively.
Bapu Krishnarao Venkatesh Prasad, along with Srinath, formed India’s new-ball attack in the late 1990s. He had represented Team India in 33 tests and 161 ODIs matches and grab 96 and 196 wickets respectively.
Prasad was able to swing the ball in both ways and had variety of slow cutters, and slower deliveries which proved to be more effective in the ODI format.
One of his finest moments came in the 1996 Cricket World Cup, when he was openly sledded by Pakistan batsman Aamir Sohail after being hit for a boundary and Prasad clean bowled him on the very next ball.
Prasad deserves a place in the list of India’s top 5 fast bowlers ever.