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Stats: Most wickets by a bowler in a first-class season in India

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The India’s spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had climbed the ranks in the ongoing season to see new highs in Test history. With their performances, Ashwin and Jadeja managed to replicate a rarest of instances in Indian first-class cricket as the both took over 80 wickets each during the 2016/17 season in first-class cricket on Indian soil, which has been achieved only 7 times in the 125 years of Indian FC cricket.

Ravi Ashwin picked up 82 wickets during the season, he got all his wickets in Test cricket while Jadeja picked 81 including 71 wickets in the Test matches. The other 10 wickets came during the Duleep Trophy final for India Blue which was played before the start of long Indian season.

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The record of most wickets in an Indian first-class season is held by England’s Maurice Tate, who picked up 99 wickets in 1926/77 season for visiting Marylebone Cricket Club. Bishen Singh Bedi holds the 2nd spot with 88 wickets in two different seasons: 1974/74 and 1976/77. The last instance of a player taking 80 or more wickets in a first-class season in India was Anil Kumble in 1997/98 season where he picked up 85 wickets.

Jadeja sent down 4617 balls during this first-class season which are the 3rd most by any bowler in an Indian FC season. Bedi bowled 5385 balls in 1976/77 season while RG Nadkarni delivered 4905 balls in 1963/64 season.

Most wickets taken by a bowler in the first-class season in India:

Name Teams Season Balls Bowled Wickets BBI Ave S/R 5WI
MW Tate MCC 1926/27 3791 99 6/42 13.77 38.29 8
BS Bedi India, Delhi, North Zone, Rest of India 1976/77 5385 88 7/52 19.53 61.19 6
BS Bedi India, Delhi, North Zone, Rest of India 1974/75 3602 88 7/5 14.83 40.93 9
A Kumble India, Karnataka, Rest of India 1997/98 3662 85 7/33 16.24 43.08 9
BS Chandrasekhar India, South Zone, ROI, Mysore, Dungarpur XI, Board President’s XI 1966/67 3438 85 8/80 19.11 40.45 8
GE Tribe Commonwealth XI 1949/50 4190 84 9/50 19.83 49.88 5
R Ashwin India 2016/17 4430 82 7/59 25.28 54.02 7
S  Venkataraghavan India, TN, South Zone, ROI, Board President’s XI, Vazir Sultan Tobacco XI 1972/73 3630 81 6/30 18.27 44.81 7
RA Jadeja India, India Blue 2016/17 4617 81 7/48 22.12 57 6
ND Hirwani Madhya Pradesh, Plate Group B 2002/03 3317 79 7/129 18.22 41.99 8
Kapil Dev India, Haryana 1979/80 3528 79 7/56 20 44.66 6
PK Shivalkar Bombay, West Zone 1972/73 3334 79 8/16 15.09 42.2 9
BP Gupte Bombay ,Vizianagram’s XI, West Zone 1962/63 3587 76 9/55 19.18 47.2 8
George Tribe Commonwealth XI 1950/51 3552 76 8/23 21.3 46.74 4
Ron Oxenham Australians 1935/36 1821 75 7/13 7.4 24.28 8

(Stats as on 27th March 2017)

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