India-Australia Test encounters have always witnessed some clinical performances from the bowlers from both the units in dissipating the chances of either team’s victory. What’s worth applauding is the dominance essayed by the Indian counterparts regardless of the era they are competing in, be it the likes of Gavaskar, Tendulkar or Kohli, in subjugating the Aussie batsmen and scalping some valuable numbers in exchange. With Border-Gavaskar Test fever taking over the cricketing World, it’s about time to have a look at the top 5 Indian bowlers with most five-wicket hauls in India-Australia Test matches who have managed to
Top 5 Indian bowlers with most five-wicket hauls in India-Australia Test matches
5. EAS Prasanna
Prasanna belonged to the era of BS Bedi and thrived majestically under his tenure when brawling agianst the high-end Australian unit. In 13 games, the off-spinner affected 57 dismissals at with BBI of 7/64, along with a five-wicket & ten-wicket tally of five and one respectively, which to this date, remains one of the prolific numbers procured by any Indian bowler in the red-ball games versus the Aussies.
The former India skipper had one hell of a time when competing against the Australian unit back in the late 60s and 70s. Though his records are nearly on the verge of being surpassed by the likes of R Ashwin, who holds the same tally of five-fors on his deck, they still could be termed as one hell of a chunk to have been aggregated in the first place. The veteran garnered 56 scalpings with the best figure of 7/98 in an innings, 5 five-wicket hauls and a 10 wicket-haul in a matter of 12 contests.
Regarded as one of the greatest off-spinners in the history of the game, Harbhajan flourished regardless of the conditions which account for his humongous success in red-ball cricket. Talking about his numbers against the Aussies, the veteran of 100+ Tests affected 95 dismissals at an average of 29.95 with 7 five-fors and 3 ten-fors and best figure of 15/217 in a game.
The 1983 World Cup hero was an absolute nightmare to the Aussie batsmen when at a distance of 22 yards from them in the middle. With his flurry of unplayable swing deliveries, the Haryana Hurricane as we call him, managed to affect 79 dismissals in 20 Test matches with best figures of 8/106 in an innings, in the process acquire 7 five-wicket hauls to his name, rightly placing him second among the top 5 Indian bowlers with most five-wicket hauls in India-Australia Test matches.
The veteran of 132 Tests and 619 wickets probably registered his best wicket tallies when competing against the Australian unit. Since his inception into red-ball cricket, Kumble played a total of 20 Tests versus the Kangaroos and picked 111 wickets in total, at an average of 30.32 with 10 five-wicket hauls and a couple ten-fors to assist the same, a number that remains safe and secure to this date.