Indian bowling lineup is famous for taking crucial wickets and giving a match-winning performance. Both the spinners and pacers provide an essential breakthrough in the games. If an Indian bowler starts a year with excellent performance, then he consistently performs well throughout the whole year. We will list the top ten Indian bowlers with the most wickets taken in a calendar year.
10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
With right-arm medium-fast bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a consistent performer in taking wickets for the Indian cricket team. He is the first bowler from India to take five-wicket hauls in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. In 2019, Kumar took a total of 33 wickets from all formats, respectively. This performance brings him into the tenth position on the list.
9. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami bowled consistently at around 140 km/hr with his right-arm fast bowling. He can move the ball both ways and also use the seam for reverse swing. Shami is the fastest Indian bowler in terms of matches to take 100 ODI wickets. With 42 International wickets taken in 2019, he makes it into the ninth spot on the list.
8. Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad is a former right-arm medium-fast bowler who made his International debut in 1994. Throughout his career, he took 292 International wickets. Prasad was known for the ability to bowl slow leg cutters. He is in the eighth position on the list for his performance of 82 International doors taken in the year 1996.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is an all-rounder of the Indian cricket team. He is at the top position of the ICC Top 10 test all-rounders (2021). Recently, Jadeja took the captaincy of the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. In 2013, he took a total of 83 International wickets. That brings him into the seventh position on the list.
6. Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan is a former left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-fast bowler (bowling all-rounder) who played his first international test match against Australia in 2003. After turning 19, he made it into the national team and was consistent in bowling at proper lengths. Irfan's performance of 85 International wickets taken in 2004 brings him to the sixth position on our list.
5. Zaheer Khan
With left-arm medium-fast bowling, Zaheer Khan played in all three game formats for the Indian cricket team. He was a regular pace bowler for India from 2000 till 2014. After Kapil Dev, Khan is the most successful test bowler for the team. He took 89 International wickets in 2002, which brings him into the fifth position on the list.
4. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is the most successful bowler for India in terms of taking wickets in test cricket. He played 18 years of International cricket and played his last International test against Australia in 2008. Kumble holds the record for the most number of balls bowled in the entire test career by an Indian bowler (40,850 balls). He makes it into the fourth position on the list for his 90 International wickets in 1996.
3. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is a bowling all-rounder who bowls right-arm off break and bats right-handed. In 2016, he became the ICC Cricketer of the Year. Ashwin is the fourth bowler from India to take 400 test wickets. He is the fastest bowler from India to take 150 test wickets. In 2016, Ashwin took 97 International wickets. That brings him into the third spot on the list.
2. Kapil Dev
The former right-arm medium-fast bowler and a hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Kapil Dev, played his first ODI against Pakistan in 1978. He is the only cricketer to score 5000 test runs and 400 test wickets. Dev was the first-ever bowler to take 200 ODI wickets. With 100 International wickets taken in 1983, he is in the second position on the list.
1. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh is a former right-arm off-spin bowler who played International cricket for India between 1998 and 2016. He is the first cricketer from India to take a hat-trick in tests. Singh holds the record for the most number of International wickets taken in a calendar year by an Indian bowler. He took 102 wickets in 2002 and made it into the top position on the list.