During the incredible first Test between India and South Africa at the Wanderers, veteran left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan became the fourth Indian to claim 300 or more wickets in a Test match. At the conclusion of the Johannesburg game, Khan had featured in 89 Tests and had 300 wickets to his credit averaging 32.5. He has 10 five-wicket hauls to his credit with a best of 7/87. Khan is presently at number four in the list of all-time leading Test wickets-takers from India. Here’s a look at the other nine names in the list.
Anil Kumble: The former leggie is India’s most successful bowler, with 619 wickets from 132 Tests with an average of 29.6. Kumble had 35 five-wicket hauls to his credit with incredible best bowling figures of 10/ 74. He picked up 10-wickets in a game on eight occasions, with best match figures of 14/149.
Kapil Dev: India’s greatest all-rounder played 131 Tests for India and grabbed 434 wickets while averaging 29.6. Kapil had 23 five-fors to his credit with best figures of 9/83. He picked up 10 wickets in a match twice, his best match figures being 11/146.
Harbhajan Singh: The out-of-favour Indian offie has played 101 Tests and has scalped 413 wickets averaging 32.3. Harbhajan has 25 five- wicket hauls to his credit with best figures of 8/84. He has grabbed 10 wickets in a Test on five occasions, with best match figures of 15/217.
Bishen Singh Bedi: The legendary former left-arm spinner played 67 Tests and claimed 266 wickets averaging 28.7. Bedi had 14 five-wicket hauls to his credit with a best of 7/98. He picked up 10 wickets in a match once, those were his best match figures of 10/194.
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar: He played 58 Tests for India and claimed 242 wickets averaging 29.7. Chandrasekhar had 16 five-fors to his credit with a best of 8/79. He picked up 10 wickets in a match twice, his best figures being 12/104.
Javagal Srinath: The former India pacer featured in 67 Tests for India and claimed 236 wickets averaging 30.4. Srinath had 10 five-wicket hauls to his credit with a best of 8/86. He picked up 10 wickets in a match once, his best figures of 13/132.
Erapalli Prasanna: Part of the famous spin quarter, Prasanna featured in 49 Tests and ended with 189 wickets at an average of 30.3. He grabbed 10 five-fors with a best of 8/76. Prasanna also had two 10- wicket match hauls, with best figures of 11/140.
Vinoo Mankad: The legendary former all-rounder played 44 Tests for India and picked up 162 wickets averaging 32.2. Mankad claimed eight five-wicket hauls with a best of 8/52. He had also two 10-wicket match hauls, with best figures of 13/131.
Srinivas Venkataraghavan: The former spinner-captain played 57 Tests for India and claimed 156 wickets averaging 36.1. Venkat grabbed three five-wicket hauls with a best of 8/72. He had one 10-wicket match haul, which were his best figures of 12/152.
--By A Cricket Analyst