Top 5 Indian bowlers’ best Test performances in the West Indies

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To kick off their World Test Championship campaign, India is set to play against West Indies in a two-match Test series starting on July 12. Although India has won all series in the West Indies since 2006, the batting unit is not at its best and the pace attack is fairly inexperienced.

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It will be a challenging series, and the experienced players will have to perform well to avoid an upset. Check out some of the remarkable bowling displays by Indian bowlers on the Caribbean turf.

Kapil Dev – 6/84, Kingston 1989

During the fourth test of the 1989 Indian tour of the West Indies, India lost the toss and scored 289 in the first innings, led by Navjot Singh Sidhu’s century. In response, Kapil Dev dismissed the opening duo of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, Sir Viv Richards, Gus Logie, Richie Richardson, and Malcolm Marshall. Even though West Indies won the match comfortably with seven wickets to spare, Kapil Dev’s performance was unforgettable.

Harbhajan Singh- 5/13, Kingston 2006

Harbhajan Singh is one of the elite Indian players to have played over 100 Test matches. In the fourth test, India won the toss and scored just 200 runs in the first innings. Captain Rahul Dravid top-scored with a solid 81 off 215 balls, while Anil Kumble contributed a useful 45. The hosts were dismissed for just 103 runs in response, with Harbhajan Singh playing a crucial role in eliminating the middle order. In just eight overs, he managed to dismiss Daren Ganga, Dwayne Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Denesh Ramdin, and Pedro Collins.

Anil Kumble – 6/78, Kingston 2006

Anil Kumble is India’s highest wicket-taking bowler of all time in Test cricket. In the fourth test of the 2006 tour, Kumble joined the party in the second innings when India was defending a target of 269 runs. He bowled a magnificent flighted delivery to get rid of the dangerous Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Later on, Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels. Jerome Taylor, Pedro Collins, and Corey Collymore were also sent back to the pavilion by Kumble. Although Denesh Ramdin’s terrific lower-order masterclass was on display, the hosts fell short by 49 runs.

R Ashwin – 7/83, North Sound 2016

Ravichandran Ashwin is part of the current Indian squad in the West Indies. With a magnificent record of 60 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 21.85 against West Indies both home and away, the off-spinner is undoubtedly one of the greatest bowlers in Indian cricket history. In the first Test of the 2016 series, India elected to bat first on a batting-friendly wicket, with Virat Kohli (200) and Ashwin (113) taking the team to a massive first-innings total of 566/8. Ashwin ensured victory after the follow-on was enforced on Day 3 and was instrumental in cleaning up the tail, registering his first five-wicket haul outside Asia.

Jasprit Bumrah’s figures of 5/7 at North Sound in 2019.

Since his debut in 2018, Jasprit Bumrah has been a significant contributor to the Indian cricket team’s success in overseas conditions, making him one of Test cricket’s most valuable players. In the first test of the 2019 West Indies tour, India set West Indies a target of 419 in the fourth innings. Ajinkya Rahane top-scored in both innings. West Indies were never in the chase as Bumrah bowled one of his finest spells of all time in the format. Bumrah bowled out John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, and Shai Hope while Kraigg Brathwaite gave an outside edge.