Indian Fast Bowlers Who Changed the Face Of Indian Cricket

Cricket has given us some of the greatest bowlers ever. From Vinoo Mankad to Kapil Dev, these men have changed the face of Indian cricket. But how many people know that others had done their bit for the game before them? Here’s a look at ten Indian bowlers who have changed this great sport and made many cricket breaking news:

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer currently the head coach of the Indian national cricket team. He was brought into the world on October 17th 1970, in Bangalore, Karnataka.

Anil Kumble is the most excellent spinner to have played for India. He is also regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in Test cricket history, having taken over 600 Test wickets. He holds several records, including being the highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket and being second only to Kapil Dev as far as One Day International wicket-takers are concerned (he has taken over 300 ODI wickets).

Kumble made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 1987/88 before moving to Mumbai, where he played for several years and became one of their most successful players. He played 27 Tests, 271 One Day Internationals (ODIs), 57 Twenty20 Internationals (T20I), and 132 Test matches, and represented India at various other events such as Under-19 World Cups and Commonwealth Games. He retired from international cricket following the 2003 ICC Champions Trophy after failing to recover from an ankle injury sustained during a one-day match against England, which ended his career prematurely; however, it wasn’t long before he returned after being convinced by MS Dhoni there was still life left in him yet!

Ajit Agarkar

Ajit Agarkar is a right-arm fast bowler who played for India from 2003 to 2008. He was part of the World Cup-winning team in 2003, where he played against Australia in the final. The following year, he was again part of a World Cup-winning side when they beat Pakistan in that year’s edition.

Vinoo Mankad

Vinoo Mankad was an Indian cricketer who played in the 1930s and 1940s. In his early years as an international cricketer, Vinoo Mankad debuted against England at Trent Bridge in 1935, scoring 35 runs in a losing cause. Following this loss, he scored 14 more runs against New Zealand later that year. Still, he was not selected for any further Tests until after World War II ended when he took part in two matches against Australia in 1946, which India won easily by ten wickets each time (the first match being held at Bombay’s Cooperage Ground).

Javagal Srinath

Javagal Srinath is a left-arm fast bowler who has played for India in Test and One Day International cricket. He has taken 282 wickets in Test cricket, and 180 wickets in ODI matches.

He was selected to play for the Indian team against England at Lord’s on June 8th 1994, after a long wait due to his outstanding performance against Australia earlier that year, where he picked up 17 wickets at an average of 15.16 runs per wicket (Raw).

Harbajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh was a right-arm off-break bowler and left-handed batsman. He played for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy and later for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Harbhajan Singh emerged to notoriety in the year 2001, when he became the first Indian to guarantee a full go-around in Test cricket and had the Australians dancing to his melodies during a Test series. In addition, he had the first Indian to have the Australians dance to his tunes. Harbhajan’s performance helped India win the three-match Test series, despite the fact that they were defeated in the first Test match in Mumbai and was made to follow on in the second Test match in Kolkata. Harbhajan took 32 wickets throughout the series.

Harbajan Singh represented India at various levels, including under-19s, A team, and the national side. He also played five Tests and nine ODIs against Australia between 1996–97 to 1998–99.

Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is one of the most successful bowlers in Indian cricket history. He achieved many milestones during his career and was also able to attain some records as well.

He is regarded as one of the best medium-fast bowlers in world cricket today and has played for India since 1999. In 2008 he became only second Indian bowler after Kapil Dev reached 300 ODI wickets after taking his 302nd wicket against South Africa at Centurion Park on December 19th, 2007. He also holds two other records.

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian national cricket team who holds many records. Dev’s family moved to Chandigarh when Kapil Dev was 11 years old, where he played for the Chandigarh Under-19s in Ranji Trophy matches before moving on to play for Haryana as an 18-year-old in the 1977–78 season (his first full season).

Kapil Dev had two stints with Delhi – first between 1980–81 & 1984–85 seasons and then again between 1991–92 & 1995–96 seasons before retiring from international cricket at 31 after playing 51 Tests, 180 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 35 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

Bishan Singh Bedi

Bishan Singh Bedi is one of the best spinners in world cricket. He had an excellent record and was a great bowler to have on your team. He was also a good batsman, but he is remembered for his fielding skills rather than his batting prowess.

He captained India on many occasions, including winning the 1983 World Cup under Kapil Dev’s leadership with only one loss against England at Lord’s as well as winning back-to-back World Cups in 1987 and 1988 under Mohammad Azharuddin’s leadership with no losses against Australia or West Indies respectively!


This list includes some of the best bowlers India has ever had and is sure to inspire future generations to work hard on their craft so that they too can achieve greatness in this field. It is my personal opinion that a sports team can go nowhere without an excellent bowling attack. So it is necessary to have a good bowling attack to play well on the international stage and change the face of the game.

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