SENA countries are often grouped for their similar type of pitches and conditions. SENA i.e. South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia have flat pitches. Stadiums across these four nations benefit pacers and seamers more than spinners.
Pacers enjoy the bouncy and swing conditions in these four countries. This fact differentiates SENA countries from the Asian sub-continent, where spinners tend to dominate batters. Hence, even Indian pacers enjoy more benefits while playing in SENA countries rather than in Indian conditions.
Many Indian bowlers have dominated opposition teams in SENA countries in the past. A few Indian bowlers also grabbed 5-wicket hauls multiple times in SENA nations. In this article, we discuss 5 Indian bowlers with most 5-wicket hauls in SENA countries.
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Indian Bowlers With Most 5-Wicket Hauls In SENA Countries
5. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar- 6
Former Indian leg spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar bags the 5th spot on this list. The former right-arm spinner got 6 five-wicket hauls in SENA countries. Chandrasekhar, who represented India from 1964 to 1979, played 20 Tests in SENA countries. He never played an ODI in these four nations.
4. Zaheer Khan- 6
Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan grabs the 4th place on this list. The former left-arm pacer accounts for 6 five-wicket hauls in SENA countries. Khan played 86 games across the four nations. Khan picked 4 fifers in New Zealand, and 1 each in Australia and England. Khan played 86 matches in these countries during his career and dismissed 198 scalps.
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3. Anil Kumble- 6
Former India skipper Anil Kumble takes the 3rd spot in the list of most five-wicket hauls in SENA. The leg spinner also grabbed 6 fifers. Kumble picked 4 five-wicket hauls in Australia. He picked 1 fifer each in New Zealand and South Africa. He played 109 games in these countries across ODIs and Tests. He has clinched the most 219 wickets for India in the four countries.
2. Jasprit Bumrah- 7
Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah captures the 2nd spot on this list with 7 five-wicket hauls. Bumrah has hunted five-wicket hauls in 3 matches each in South Africa and England. The right-arm pacer also clinched a fifer in Australia once. Bumrah has featured in 96 games in these nations, accounting for 179 scalps.
1. Kapil Dev- 8
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev steals the top spot on this list with 8 five-wicket hauls. Kapil Dev has been the best performer in SENA nations for India. The right-arm seamer clinched 5 fifers in Australia and 3 in England.
However, the all-rounder never got a five-wicket haul in New Zealand or South Africa. Dev played 114 matches in these nations and picked a total of 211 wickets.