India and Australia are arguably the two biggest cricketing giants in international cricket. With the ODI series already underway, the T20I and Test Series are yet to be contested. The Border-Gavaskar trophy has seen some special performances from both sides. Even though batsmen have made quite a name, bowlers too have not failed to impress. Here we list 3 bowlers with the most five-wicket hauls in the Border-Gavaskar trophy:
3. Harbhajan Singh (7)
Harbhajan Singh is arguably one of the best off-spinners the country has produced. He introduced himself to the cricketing world in 2001, when he picked 32 wickets against Australia. His heroics with the ball helped India emerge victoriously. An average of 29.95 is not easily achievable, but for Singh, it was a walk in the park.
He is also the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the Border-Gavaskar trophy, with 95 wickets in just 18 test matches. His best bowling figures were 8/84, which came in 2001 in the 3rd test series against Australia.
2. Nathan Lyon (7)
Second on this list is Nathan Lyon. One of Aussie’s best off-spinners, Lyon has 7 five-wicket hauls to his name in his entire test career. Against India, Lyon has picked up 85 wickets in just 18 test matches. Lyon also boasts an average of 32.60, which is decent considering the format.
Lyon’s best bowling figures were 8/50 in the 2nd test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in 2017. With such stats, Lyon will look to add more to his already remarkable tally against India in the upcoming test series
1. Anil Kumble (10)
Deservedly top on the list is former Indian leg-spinner, Anil Kumble. One of India’s most remarkable discoveries, Anil Kumble was at his best against Australia. With an astonishing 10 five-wicket hauls to his name, Kumble has made quite a name in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
With a tally of 111 wickets, Kumble is also the highest wicket-taker in Border-Gavaskar trophy history. The veteran leg spinner has 2 ten-wicket hauls against Australia in the Test format. His best bowling figures were 8/141 against Australia in the 4th test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy back in 2003. Kumble ended his fantastic career with 612 wickets in Test Cricket. This is the most by any Indian player in the history of this format.