Ravichandran Ashwin rocked with his stellar performance in recent India vs England 2nd Test in Chennai. The off-break bowler not only took 8 wickets in the match, but he also smashed a century (106). His spectacular performance helped India to win the match by 317 runs. Ashwin has become a bankable Test bowler for India and his ability with the bat arrives as a bonus.
When talking about playing Test matches on Asian soil, the top five bowlers with most wickets come from India and Sri Lanka. Here we take a glimpse at five bowlers who have acquired most wickets in Asia continent.
Five Bowlers Who Have Picked Most Test Wickets In Asia
5. Harbhajan Singh – 300 Wickets
Harbhajan Singh holds the 5th spot with 300 wickets in the Asian continent. The right-arm Indian bowler has played 71 Test games in Asia. Playing 130 innings, the off-break bowler Harbhajan has picked 300 wickets. The 40-year-old has the best figure of 8/84 in an innings. In a Test match, his best figure is grabbing 15 wickets for 127 runs. There were five times when the former Chennai Super Kings cricketer managed a 10-wicket haul. He also took a 5-wicket haul 19 times.
4. Ravichandran Ashwin – 314 Wickets
The Chennai-based cricketer has 314 wickets in pockets on Asian soil. After his debut in 2011, the right-arm off-break bowler has a played 101 Test innings on the Asian continent. Ashwin has grabbed a 5-wicket haul 27 times and a 10-wicket haul 7 times in Asia so far. He has the best figure of 59/7 in an innings. In a Test match, his best bowling figure is 13/140.
3. Rangana Herath – 314 Wickets
Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath holds the 3rd spot for most wickets in Asia. Playing 127 Test innings in 98 matches, Herath has 354 wickets in his pockets. The left-arm spinner has grabbed a 5-wicket haul 30 times, while there were 8 moments when he accounted for a 10-wicket haul. His best figure in an innings in Asia is 9/127, whereas, in a match, 42-year-old Herath has the best bowling figure of 14-184.
2. Anil Kumble- 419 Wickets
Former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble holds the second spot in the total number of wickets on Asian soil. Kumble, who retired in 2008, has taken 419 wickets in 144 Test innings. The right-handed spinner grabbed 5-wicket haul 27 times, while there were 7 times when he was able to take 10-wickets in a match. His best figure in a Test inning stands at 10/74, a milestone he achieved against Pakistan. His best figure in a Test match on Asian soil is 14/149.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan- 612 Wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan holds the top spot in this list. The former Sri Lankan bowler seized 612 wickets in his account in his career, while playing 144 Test innings on Asian soil. His best tally in a Test inning is 9/51, while he holds 13/115 best figure in a match. Muralitharan took 50 wicket haul for a record 52 times in Asia, while there were 17 occasions when the off-break bowler was able to grab a 10-wicket haul.