Who are the best Indian left arm bowlers of all time?
The demand of quality left-arm fast bowlers has always been there for every cricketing team across the globe.
World cricket has produced legends like Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas, Mitchell Johnson and a few more, who dominated the sport for a good amount of time.
The Indian cricket team, not very much known for producing world class pace bowlers, too has given some star bowlers to the global cricket community.
These bowlers proved to be very valuable for India’s pace attack and led the bowling with great efficiency, producing regular wickets and a great average.
This list may not meet the expectations of everyone. There could be a debate on the exclusion of a few names, but the following have proved themselves not just in one but all three formats of the game.
Here’s the list of top 3 left-arm fast bowlers, India has ever produced:
(Zaheer played 169 First-class matches and scalped 672 wickets at an average of 27.97)
This legend arrived as a raw young bowler with a great potential and an erratic style.
Over the years, he honed his skills of controlling the match even if the game seemed slipping away.
He was the best amongst the pack. Lethal with a new ball and as dangerous with the old one as well. His swing bowling with a controlled line and length was a nightmare for batsmen, especially the delivery that would nip back in and castle many greats of the game.
He read the batsmen wonderfully well and was an expert at setting up a wicket.
Producing match winning performances in all three formats, Zaheer khan was the first and choice and the go to bowler in the team.
His performances in 2011 World Cup was crucial in India’s progress in the tournament. In later stages of his career he proved to be a great guide for other bowlers in the team and led the attack beautifully.
(Nehra played 90 First-class matches and picked 303 wickets at an average of 29.14)
Nehera Ji served the team for almost two decades and is one of the very few fast bowlers in the world to achieve this feat.
Ashish got into the team via club cricket where he delivered magical performances. He gave up some and picked up new skills from time to time, adjusting to the changing fashion of the game.
This made him stand out than others, for being so consistent over such a long period. His skiddy bowling would force batsmen to play defensive shots which led to beautiful dismissals.
He did face a lot of heat for a few matches where he got hi around the park, but springing back up with a new force was Nehra ji’s style. He featured in 2003 and 2011 world cups and proved very valuable for the team.
(Irfan played 122 First-class matches and took 384 wickets at an average of 28.33)
This all-rounder was as lethal as it gets in swing bowling.
His hattrick against Pakistan in a test match produced some of the best swing deliveries ever seen.
He was expert at utilising the available condition to his advantage very effectively. He could put any set batsmen under pressure and embarrassment with his deadly swing, as the batsmen struggled even to make contact with the ball.
He proved to be as good a bowler in overseas conditions as in the home conditions.
He was not only a match-winner with just the ball but with bat as well.
Irfan could produce a game changing innings with the bat and then carry on his form into his bowling. With a whippy action, he was hard to read and boasted a very good average for an Indian quick bowler.