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Stats: Bowlers with most wickets under a captain

Anil Kumble stands in the second spot with 179 wickets that he took under the tutelage of former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates a wicket with teammates. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian cricket has always been known as a batting-dominated team. With a plethora of options with the willow and a good squad depth in the middle-order, the Men in Blue always fancied chasing a game instead of setting the score. Indian fans of the 90s and early 2000s have got accustomed to seeing batsmen win matches for India in ODIs while bowlers were a mere support act. However, in the recent few years, the country has witnessed a rise of quality bowlers who have been delivering under pressure consistently and helping India win from precarious situations.

The Indian bowlers have come a long way. They have become more adaptable and reliable, one main reason being their improved fitness. Team India now has a set of bowlers who are ready for the big stage and who can produce match-winning performances. And a fraction of their credit is owed to the skippers. It is the captain, who identifies a situation, backs the bowler to deliver and hands over the ball to its bowlers accordingly. These bowlers are often the trump cards that fielding captains use when all else has been tried and nothing has worked.

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30-year-old off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken the maximum wickets compared to any other Indian bowler. The dynamic offie has claimed 182 scalps to his name in just 30 matches that he has played under current Indian captain, Virat Kohli. Anil Kumble stands in the second spot with 179 wickets that he took under the tutelage of former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin.

Given below is the full list of bowlers (under their respective captains)

Bowler Captain Matches Innings Wickets Average S/R 5WI 10WM
Ravichandran Ashwin ViratKohli 30 57 182 22.16 46 17 5
Anil Kumble Mohammad Azharuddin 36 65 179 24.95 64 10 2
Harbhajan Singh SouravGanguly 37 70 177 26.84 60 15 3
N Kapil Dev Sunil Gavaskar 45 75 172 29.65 56 14 1
Anil Kumble SouravGanguly 31 58 167 28.08 60 11 4
Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni 47 84 152 36.65 65 5 1
Harbhajan Singh MS Dhoni 31 58 124 33.74 73 3 0

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