Today we bring you the cricketers who took the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches. While India vs Pakistan has generated more following across the globe at any era of cricket, India-Australia matches are perhaps the second most popular rivalry. While the match results go in favor of the Kangaroo team, the top 10 records are in favor of Indian Cricketers, indirectly pushing the “team performance angle” that Australia got while India were up with some individuals performing, hence the results not getting in line with the tables. Here we see the bowling who picked the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches.
5. Ajit Agarkar
Former India and Mumbai Medium Pacer was the fastest bowler playing for India in that era. Ajit Agarkar appeared for India in 21 ODI matches against the Kangaroo team. He would take 36 wickets from these 21 matches at an average of 28.41 and strike rate of 29.1.
Agarkar’s 36 wickets against Australia included 2 four wicket hauls and a five wicket haul with his best being 6/42, which is also his best from ODI career. With these wickets, he got into the list of Cricketers with the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches.
4. Steve Waugh
The former Australian Captain was not seen as a bowler or batsman, but a leader who would take Australia to an era of dominance in world cricket. While his batting is more talked about, he had a decent bowling career as evident from this record under his name. Steve Waugh took 43 wickets from the 37 innings that he bowled for Australia against India in 53 matches against this team.
The Elder twin of the Waugh Brothers would take these wickets at an average of 29.46 with a strike rate of 35.9 including a 4 wicket haul, his best 4/40. With these wickets, he got into the list of Cricketers with the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches.
3. Mitchell Johnson
The Australian Quick bowler was often feared about for his bouncers and quick deliveries. Mitchell Johnson would take 43 wickets from the 26 innings of 27 matches he played against India. Johnson took these wickets at an average of 26.06, strike rate 30.7 and these included 2 four wicket hauls and a 5-wicket haul.
With these wickets, he got into the list of Cricketers with the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches.
2. Kapil Dev
The Legendary Kapil Dev is an all-rounder India dreamt all along but couldn’t bring again in International Cricket. The ICC Cricket World Cup winning Captain would be the highest wicket-taker for India in India-Australia matches.
Kapil took 45 wickets from 39 innings of 41 matches he played against Kangaroos. He took these wickets at an average of 27.68, strike rate of 45.1 and these included a 4-wicket and a 5-wicket haul. His best 5/43 came in the Prudential World Cup 1983, the World Cup edition that India won under Kapil’s captaincy. With these wickets, he got into the list of Cricketers with the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches.
Australian Pacer Brett Lee has had a very successful career as the bowling spearhead and a first change bowler for the Kangaroos. Lee took 55 wickets from 30 innings of 32 ODI matches he played against India. He took these wickets at an average of 21 and strike rate of 28 and his exploits against India included four 5-wicket hauls.
Brett Lee’s best against India, 5/27, came at Adelaide in 2000. With these wickets, he got into the list of Cricketers with the most ODI wickets in India v Australia matches, topping the list.
These were the bowlers who ruled the India-Australia ODI matches and made the most of the rivalry. Hope you liked the content, don’t forget to pen down your comments.
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