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Most Five Wicket Hauls in Tests for India

In this article, check out the list of top 5 bowlers with most five wicket hauls in test cricket for India. Ravichandran Ashwin jointly holds the record with Anil Kumble for most Test five-wicket hauls by Indians with 35 times.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 05.03.2024
Most Five Wicket Hauls in Tests for India

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While India has a long cricket history, we can see many great bowlers in this cricket-passionate nation. As five-wicket hauls show the dominance of a bowler in the innings, we are going through the most Test five-wicket hauls by the Indians.

Although Team India was once popular for the dominant batting line-up, the talented bowlers have always played key roles in the nation’s successes. In the modern generation, we can see the dominance of Indian bowlers that has led to India's regular successes in overseas tours too.


In this article, we will see the top five Indian bowlers with the most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Most Test five-wicket hauls by Indians (Top 5)


                    Number of five-wicket hauls

Ravichandran Ashwin


Anil Kumble


Harbhajan Singh


Kapil Dev


Bhagwath Chandrasekhar


(Updated as of February 2024)


Ravichandran Ashwin: 35 times  

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: X)

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the greatest spinners in the modern generation. He has dominated with his spin variations for more than a decade. While Ashwin is dominant and unmatchable in India and Asia, he has gradually improved his performances outside Asia. India’s second-most Test wicket-taker, who has recorded 500+ Test wickets, jointly holds the record for most Test five-wicket hauls by Indians with 35 times.

Anil Kumble: 35 times  

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble (Image Credit: News18)

Legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble was one of the greatest leg-spinners in international cricket history. While he has many great bowling records, one of his top records is taking all ten wickets in a Test innings (10/74 against Pakistan in 4th innings at Delhi in 1999). Kumble is the only Indian bowler to record 600+ Test wickets (619 Test wickets) and the first to record at least 25 Test fifers. Kumble ended his Test career with 35 five-wicket hauls.


Harbhajan Singh: 25 times  

Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Business Today
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Business Today)

While Anil Kumble was dominating in the cricket world, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh set up a great memorable bowling partnership with his senior partner Kumble. Like Kumble, Harbhajan also had a significant influence in the Indian bowling line-up for a long time. While the off-spinner managed 417 Test wickets, he recorded 25 Test fifers for his country.


Kapil Dev: 23 times  

Kapil Dev (Image Credit: AFP)
Kapil Dev (Image Credit: AFP)

The 1983 Cricket World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev, was one of the greatest all-rounders and Indian pacers. The right-arm fast-medium was a fearless character who once held the records for most Test wickets and most ODI wickets. While Kapil took 434 Test wickets in 131 matches, he recorded 23 times five-wicket hauls in his Test career.


Bhagwath Chandrasekhar: 16 times  

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (Image Credit: Getty Images)
Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

When the Indian Test cricket team shined with spin bowlers from the mid-60s to 70s, the leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar was a key bowler for the nation. Not only in India, but his incredible magic also dominated the overseas tours as he became one of the country’s biggest match-winners overseas. Chandrasekhar was popular for his unplayable deliveries as he ended his Test career with 242 wickets in 58 matches, including 16 Test fifers. 


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