The much anticipated India-Australia Tests are about to start and the excitement is sky-high much more than ever. One of the most significant factors that come into play when these two top teams have faced against each other in the past was the quality of the bowling and in specific the manner in which the home bowlers took advantage of the home conditions to turn the fate of the match in their favour. Many of the leading bowlers from both nations have enjoyed great success in this rivalry series. In this list, we bring out the top wicket-takers in the India-Australia Test series since 2010.
This veteran fast bowler has played 18 matches against Aussies during this period and has picked up 38 wickets against them. He is one amongst the very few bowlers who have played the bulk of red-ball matches during this period.
This may come in as a surprise for the white ball cricket enthusiasts. But the fact is that Umesh Yadav has been one of India’s main go-to bowlers in the last decade. With 44 wickets in 12 matches, he tops the list in terms of the highest wicket-takers amongst pace bowlers in the India-Australia series in the last decade.
Ashwin’s partner in crime Ravindra Jadeja stands third on this list with 56 wickets. Known for his ability to take up crucial wickets, this left-arm spinner had been a mainstay in the Indian red ball set up for over the last seven years. He has just played 10 matches against Aussies and has the best bowling figures of 6/63.
This crafty off-spinner from Tamil Nadu has been one of the prime reasons for India’s success in the red ball over the last few years. With 77 wickets to his name in just 15 matches, he along with his fellow counterpart Jadeja had been making the lives difficult for Australian batsmen whenever they had toured India during this period. It is also to be noted that, he has enjoyed success down under as well. His best figures against Australia are 7/103.
Australia’s legendary modern-day off-spinner Nathan Lyon leads this illustrious list with 85 wickets. He had been a permanent member of the Aussie side during the last decade and he was their main weapon especially while touring India. He has played 18 matches against India during this period and even has the best bowling figures of 8/50 in one innings. With 7 five-wicket hauls to his name, he is the only Australian bowler to feature in this list.