Most Test wickets for India

Bowler Wickets Matches Average BBI SR
A Kumble 619 132 29.65 10/74 65.9
Kapil Dev 434 131 29.64 9/83 63.9
Harbhajan 417 103 32.46 8/84 68.5
R Ashwin 401 77 24.95 7/59 53.0
Zaheer Khan 311 92 32.94 7/87 60.4
Ishant 303 100 32.20 7/74 60.8
BS Bedi 266 67 28.71 7/98 80.3
Chandrasekhar 242 58 29.74 8/79 65.9
J Srinath 236 67 30.49 8/86 64.0
R Jadeja 220 51 24.32 7/48 59.7

Related: India ODI bowling record

Glossary: Avg-Average, BBI-Best bowling innings, SR-Strike rate

About top 10 highest wicket takers in Test for India

Affectionately known as ‘Jumbo’ for his zippy flipper (the nickname coined by none other than India’s most successful wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni), Anil Kumble, with 619 wickets in 132 Tests, is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket for India. His 10 for 74 against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla also makes him the Indian bowler with the most wickets in a Test match innings.

Second on the list is India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who picked 434 wickets in 131 Tests for the country. His best bowling figures in an innings were 9 for 83, while his tally of 434 scalps is the highest for an Indian fast bowler.

Talking of fast bowlers, Ishant Sharma, with 303 wickets, has the second-most wickets in Test cricket for India. He achieved the feat during the first Test between India and England at Chepauk in February 2021 with the wicket of Dan Lawrence. Two Tests later, he became only the second Indian fast bowler (also after Kapil Dev) to play 100 Tests.

Ravichandran Ashwin is the latest entrant into India’s 400-wicket club after he reached the landmark with the wicket of England’s Jofra Archer during the first Test played at the new Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He added another feather to his cap by becoming the second-fastest ever, only after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (72 Tests), to take 400 wickets, which he did in 77 Tests.

Among others actively playing for India, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja comes 10th on the list of highest wicket takers in Test for India with 220 scalps in 51 Tests.

Zaheer Khan (311) and Javagal Srinath (236) among fast bowlers and Harbhajan Singh (417), Bishan Singh Bedi (266) and Bhagwath Chandrasekar (242) among spinners complete the list of the top 10 wicket-takers in Tests for India.