When a bowler performs brilliantly at away Test series and scalps Test wickets outside home, he earns a lot of accolades from fans. Playing Test matches on away soil is harder than playing at home. When playing Test matches outside home, a team is not familiar with the conditions and pitch. Also, the opposition team gets the home advantage and they are able to have an upper hand during the matches.
In such a scenario, bowling for the visiting team becomes a tough job. However, there are few bowlers who have showcased brilliant performances for India while playing Test matches outside home. Here we take a look at such Indian bowlers. Below are 5 Indian bowlers with the most Test wickets outside home.
5 Indian Bowlers With Most Test Wickets Outside Home
Harbhajan Singh- 152
Harbhajan Singh takes the 5th spot in the list of Indian bowlers with most Test wickets outside home. The Indian spinner has picked 152 Test wickets on away soil. The right-arm spinner has played 48 Test matches outside home. While bowling in 87 innings, he picked 152 wickets at an average of 38.90.
The off-spinner picked five-wicket hauls 7 times and a 10-wicket haul once. His best bowling figures in an innings are 7/120 while in a match is 10/153. Overall, Harbhajan Singh has scalped 417 wickets in 103 Tests at an average of 32.46.
Ishant Sharma- 200
Ishant Sharma accounts for 200 Test wickets outside home. The right-arm Indian pacer has played 61 Test games outside home. In 107 innings, he has managed to scalp 200 wickets at an average of 32.81.
The 32-year-old pacer has picked five-wicket hauls 9 times and a ten-wicket haul once while bowling outside home. His best bowling figures in an innings stand at 7/74 while in a match is 10/108. Overall, Ishant Sharma has picked 304 wickets in 102 Test matches.
Zaheer Khan- 207
Zaheer Khan takes the 3rd spot in this list. The former Indian pacer has picked 207 Test wickets while bowling outside home. The left-arm pacer played 54 Test matches outside home. In 95 Test innings, he picked 207 wickets at an average of 31.47. Khan took five-wicket hauls 8 times and a ten-wicket haul once while bowling on away soil.
His best bowling figures in an innings are 7/87 while in a match is 10/149. Overall in his Test career, Zaheer Khan scalped 311 wickets in 92 matches. He played Test matches for India from 2000 to 2014.
Kapil Dev- 215
Former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev gets the 2nd spot in this list. The former Indian skipper picked 215 Test wickets outside home. The right-arm pacer played 66 away Test matches during his career.
He had a bowling average of 32.85. Dev’s best bowling figures in an innings as well as in a match is 8/85. He picked a fifer 12 times while bowling outside home. Overall, Kapil Dev picked 434 wickets in 131 Tests at an average of 29.34. His Test career spanned from 1978 to 1994.
Anil Kumble- 269
Anil Kumble takes the top spot in this list. The former Indian spinner has scalped 215 Test wickets outside home. The right-arm spinner played 69 Tests outside home and accounts for 269 wickets in 121 innings at an average of 35.85. The leg spinner picked five-wicket hauls 10 times and a ten-wicket haul once.
Kumble’s best bowling figures in an innings stand at 8/141 while in a match is 12/279. Overall, Anil Kumble played 132 Tests in his career and picked 619 wickets at an average of 29.65. He represented India in Tests from 1990 to 2008.