India versus Australia rivalry has always kept the fans on the edge of their seats. There have been a lot of controversies and drama in the last two decades but cricket always managed to emerge as the real winner.
Ahead of their three-match ODI series, slated to begin on March 17 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, let’s take a look at players who have most number of wickets to their name in the 50-over side of the great rivalry.
3. Mitchell Johnson
Pacer Mitchell Johnson has 43 wickets to his name in 27 ODI matches against India. He first played against the Men in Blue in 2006 and ever since, troubled Indians with his sheer pace. Notably, his best figure of 5/26 against India came in the fifth ODI in Vadodara. The speedster absolutely ran havoc and decimated the Indian batting unit, which got bundled for 148 runs.
2. Kapil Dev
Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev stands second on the list of the most wickets in the India versus Australia rivalry in One Day cricket. The 64-year-old has 45 wickets to his name in 41 matches and was one of the most dependable cricketers for India whenever they challenged Australia. Hailing from Chandigarh, the World Cup-winning captain has the best figure of 5/43 against Australia, which came during the 1983 ODI World Cup.
1. Brett Lee
Ace pacer Brett Lee was always at his best against India in One Day cricket. The now 46-year-old picked 55 wickets in 32 matches and is the leading wicket-taker in these fixtures. Lee always posed threat with his express pace, which many Indian batters failed to counter. He has the best figure of 5/27 against India in 50-overs cricket, which came in the first match of the 2007-08 Commonwealth Bank Series.