Here we look at how the record for the best innings bowling has progressed.
The very first Test in 1877 saw Australia’s TK Kendall taking 7-55 against England.
7-55, TK Kendall, A vs E, Melbourne, 15/03/1877
7-44, FR Spofforth, A vs E, Oval, 28/08/1882
7-28, W Bates, E vs A, Melbourne, 19/01/1883
8-35, GA Lohmann, E vs A, Sydney, 25/02/1887
8-11, J Briggs, E vs SA, Cape Town, 25/03/1889
9-28, GA Lohmann, E vs SA, Johannesburg, 02/03/1896
10-53, JC Laker, E vs A, Manchester, 26/07/1956
In the first 20 years the record changed hands frequently. Then GA Lohmann’s 9-28 became the record for over 60 years. JC Laker’s record has stood for over 66 years.
Next we look at the corresponding Indian records.
India’s first Test had M Nissar taking a 5-for at Lord’s.
5-93, M Nissar, vs E, Lord’s, 25/06/1932
5-90, M Nissar, vs E, Mumbai, 15/12/1933
7-86, L Amar Singh, vs E, Chennai, 10/02/1934
8-55, MH Mankad, vs E, Chennai, 06/02/1952
8-52, MH Mankad, vs P, Delhi, 10/10/1952
9-102, SP Gupte, vs WI, Kanpur, 12/12/1958
9-69, JM Patel, vs A, Kanpur, 19/12/1959
10-74, A Kumble, vs P, Delhi, 04/02/1999.
The current record by Kumble has stood for over 24 years. Before that, JM Patel’s record had stood for over 39 years.