Fans eagerly await the upcoming red ball fight between England and India. Both teams tackle each other in the five-match Test series, which starts on Wednesday (August 4) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
In addition, the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 also starts with the series England-India. In the first WTC, India met New Zealand in the final in Southampton and faced an eight-wicket defeat.
England and India currently have one of the best bowling attacks in the world, and one can expect a bowling performance of the highest quality in the coming matches. Of James Anderson on Ravichandran Ashwin, both nations consist of superstar bowlers, who have the ability to turn the game on their head. On this note, let’s look at the five best wicketkeepers in England-India Tests today:
5.) Bishan Singh Bedi – 85 wickets
Former Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi had a tremendous battle during his time against some of the best high quality batsmen. The left-handed hanger used his opponents with classic spin bowling. The variations in flight, loop and pace without any change in action were his biggest USP.
Bedi played 67 Tests and took 266 wickets with 14 wickets with four wickets and one 10 wickets. The Amritsar boy was quite successful against England in his glorious career. He appeared in as many as 22 red ball matches against the English cricket team, with 85 wickets, with 12/167 as his best performance.
4.) Ravichandran Ashwin – 88 wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin is considered one of the most capable bowlers in contemporary cricket. His art of catching batsmen with incredible variations, like a ball ball, leaves him in an elite list of spinners.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer also has an excellent record against England. He took 88 wickets in 19 games with 12/167 as his best figures. Ashwin has bagged a total of 413 headers in 79 games, and he is only five wickets away from surpassing the legendary Harbhajan Singh (417) in the longest format.
3.) Anil Kumble – 92 wickets
Another spinner in this list is none other than the best in India Anil Kumble. The cunning leg spinner completely dominated world cricket with his unique spin bowling mixed with tempo and seesaw. Kumble has 619 wickets to his name in 132 games, and is the third highest wicketkeeper in the history of Test cricket.
Even against England, the Karanataka legend has an excellent record. He appeared in 19 matches against England, in which he took 92 wickets, with 10/233 as his best performance.
2.) Bhagwath Chandrasekhar – 95 wickets
One of India’s biggest match winner, especially in overseas conditions, Bhagwath Subramanya Chandrasekhar was an absolute maestro with the ball. Chandrasekhar played cricket in the 1960s and 70s when fast bowlers regularly dominated.
During such times, the stands were completely against spinners, and Chandrasekhar proved his strength in the most difficult phase. The leg scored 242 wickets in 58 Test matches with 16 wickets with five wickets and two 10-wickets.
Against England, Chandrasekhar bagged up to 95 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 27.27, with 9/107 as his best figures.
1.) James Anderson – 118 wickets
The only Englishman on this list is a swing bowler James Anderson. The ‘Burnley Express’ need not be known what kind of bowler he was in the oldest format of the game. Anderson is currently the highest wicketkeeper among sailors.
Anderson has 617 wickets in 162 games on his turn. He is still just three wickets away from jumping Indian legend Kumble to become the third tallest wicketkeeper in the red ball format. The right-handed bowler played 30 Tests against India, in which he took 118 headers, with 9/43 as his best performance.