Indian cricket has produced a plethora of great batsman over the years, who, with their prodigious talent and exemplary work ethic and temperament, have continued to enthrall the folklore over the years. From Vijay Merchant, Tiger Pataudi to Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and now Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the list goes on and on and on.
But, it is the bowlers who win you games, right? Over the years, Indian cricket has been blessed with some brilliant bowler- spinners and fast bowlers. But, only five of them have gone to take more than 200 wickets in both Test and ODI cricket.
Here’s a look at Indian bowlers who have picked 200+ wickets in both Tests and ODIs-
Javagal Srinath. If there is ever a list made of the most underrated bowlers of all times, the Mysore Express Javagal Srinath will always be the first name that would come to mind. In many ways Srinath is the New Zealand of fast bowlers; overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries and left in the wilderness in his prime years and then reduced to a lone warrior in a team bloated by medium pacers.
For cricket fans, who didn’t see Javagal Srinath bowl in his youth, just search ‘unplayable deliveries’ on Youtube, and one of the first recommendations that will pop up will be Srinath’s inswinger yorker that cleaned up Keith Arthurton in 1992 in Australia.
Srinath had to wait for a long period of time to break into the Indian team on a regular basis as the team-management continued to persist with the duo of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar. It was only in 1994 that the Mysore Express played his maiden Test at home against the West Indies.
Srinath soon impinged himself as the leader of the bowling attack, often toiling away as a lone warrior. The right-hander was plagued with injuries during the second half of his career which led to a significant drop in pace but the prodigiously talented cricketer added enough variations in his repertoire to continue tormenting the batsmen.
Srinath, who announced his retirement post the 2003 World Cup, played in 67 Tests and 229 ODIs, claiming 236 and 315 wickets respectively. He still remains the only Indian fast bowler to claim more than 300+ ODI wickets.