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Four Indians with 2000+ runs & 200+ wickets in Test cricket

Being an all-rounder in Test cricket is not an easy task. There is no limit on the number of overs you can bowl so if you are bowling well then, the captain might continue with you. In the limited-overs formats, there is a certain limit of ten overs or four overs which a bowler can’t exceed. Basically, only the fittest all-rounders can survive in Test cricket because it tests your physical and mental stamina at the same time. It is not easy for any cricketer to pick up 200+ wickets in Test cricket but four of the Indian all-rounders have managed to not only pick up 200+ wickets but also score more than 2000 runs. So, let’s have a look at four such Indian players.

4. Harbhajan Singh – 2225 runs & 417 wickets

Harbhajan Singh is the most successful off-spinner in the history of Indian cricket. In Indian conditions, he was always a deadly bowler and used to pick up wickets for fun. In 103 Test matches, Harbhajan Singh has picked up 417 wickets at an average of 32.46. Even though he was primarily a bowler he had some ability with the bat.

He has scored 2225 runs at an average of 18.24 with nine half-centuries and two centuries to his name. He is one of the finest off-spinners of not only Indian cricket but also world cricket.

3. Ravichandran Ashwin – 2389 runs & 365 wickets

In the last 6-7 years, R Ashwin has been at a different level in Test cricket. His bowling is one of the main reasons for India’s dominance at home. He has picked up a five-wicket haul in almost each and every home series since 2013. He is slowly starting to deliver in overseas conditions. Ashwin has picked 365 wickets in 71 Test matches at an average of 25.43 with 27 five-wicket hauls.

Talking about his batting, he is more than capable of scoring hundreds. He has four centuries to his name and all against the West Indies. He has scored 2389 runs at an average of 28.11. His batting form has dipped in the last year, and so he will look to gain his form in the Test series against Australia.

2. Anil Kumble – 2506 runs & 619 wickets

Anil Kumble is the most successful Test bowler in the history of Indian cricket. The leg-spinner has picked up 619 wickets in 132 matches at an average of 29.65 with 35 five-wicket hauls to his name. He holds the record of picking up all the ten wickets against the opposition in a Test match.

Kumble wasn’t the best batsman but his batting kept on improving in his Test career. He has scored 2506 runs at an average of 17.77 with five half-centuries and one century against England. No Indian bowler is even close to his record of 619 wickets.

1. Kapil Dev – 5248 runs & 434 wickets

India’s best Test all-rounder – Kapil Dev had to be on the top of the list. This generation might only know him as the Captain which led India to their first World Cup victory but they might not know that he is one of the finest Test all-rounders in the history of the game. Kapil Dev is the only fast-bowling all-rounder in this list whereas others were spinners. He has picked up 434 wickets in 131 Test matches at an average of 29.65 with 23 five-wicket hauls.

He has scored more than 5000 runs in Test cricket which many good batsmen haven’t managed to do. He has scored 5248 runs at an average of 31.05 with 27 half-centuries and eight centuries to his name. There is no doubt that he is one of the finest cricketers to have ever played the game.

Shubham K

I am currently studying Computer Engineering at SVNIT Surat. I am a big cricket fan and like writing about Cricket.
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