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Those unheralded knights - Indian bowlers

Ram Kumar
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Not quite the acclaimed onesIndian bowlers - The first response that would be evoked from many cricket aficionados would be disparage. In a country where bowlers are seen as the blue-collar workmen who act as a sideshow to the home-grown white-collar batting immortals, there have been quite a few bowlers who have managed to captivate the attention and instill buoyancy amongst the people.We take a look at the top ten such bowlers who have represented India in both Tests and ODIs. This list is an objective opinion which is compiled purely on the basis of match-winning performances, overall statistics and the general views of notable cricket experts across the world with priority given to Test matches against top quality opposition and ODI matches of ICC events.

#10 Vinoo Mankad

Versatile and Responsive

Vinoo Mankad was the first great all-rounder to have played for India at Test level. He is best known for giving name to the term “Mankading” after he controversially ran out Bill Brown who was backing up too far.

But, he was much more than that. With his accurate and flighted slow left-arm spin, he won many Test matches for his country. He was also a versatile batsman who could adapt himself to any situation.

His most notable performance was during India’s first Test victory over England at Madras when he took 12 wickets on a sluggish pitch that did not offer much support to his style of bowling.

Statistics - Tests: 162 wickets from 44 matches at an average of 32

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