deCricket has always been a matter of emotion, just like football for the most people all over the world! But have we ever given our thoughts to the individual components that make Cricket stand as one in the group of different other games? Maybe a handful of people have given it a thought! While discussing about a game like cricket, we cannot overlook the batsmen, bowlers, wicket keepers, referees as well as the integral equipments that make a match successful. Here, we are about to talk about the Top Ten Bowlers who could take the highest number of wickets in Test Cricket matches. Are you ready for the journey?
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan is a Sri-Lankan Right-arm spinner who is the most successful bowler in world cricket and the only player to pick up 800 wickets in the test cricket format. He has claimed 800 wickets in his career of 133 matches. His best bowling performance in the test is 9/51. He holds a mighty record for seizing most number of wickets in test matches. Also, he has claimed a record of 67 five wicket hauls and 22 ten wicket hauls in ODI format of cricket and he did not fail to maintain an average of 22.72 along with an economy rate of 2.47.
2. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is one of the most successful bowlers for Australia in the test cricket format. He picked up a total of 708 wickets in his career. He is the second bowler to cross the 700 wickets mark in the test cricket series. He takes the position of 2nd most number of wicket taker in test cricket matches. Throughout his career of 15 years, he had successfully established an impressive record of 37 five wicket hauls and 10 ten wicket hauls. Moreover, he could maintain a healthy economy rate of 2.65 as well as an average of 25.41.
3. James Anderson
James Anderson, the fast bowler who played for England, is known as one of the fastest, fierce and most successful bowlers in test cricket format. Anderson has claimed more wickets while considering his number of matches due to his excellent pace, line and length. Until now, he has picked up 630 wickets in his 165-match career. He has claimed a total of 31 five-wicket hauls and three ten-wicket hauls. He has worked hard to maintain an average of 26.51 and an economy of 2.82.
4. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble, is one of the most successful leg-spinners in cricket history and has been widely regarded for his sharp turns and excellent lines. In his 132 matches, he took 619 wickets. He is the 4th bowler to cross the 600-mark wickets in the test. On his name, there are 35 five-wicket hauls and eight ten-wicket hauls. In his cricket career, Kumble averaged around 29.65 with an economy of 2.69.
5. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath was an outstanding Australian Right-Arm fast bowler who bowled magnificently in Test cricket format. He picked up 563 wickets in 124 matches. The best bowling performance for McGrath in the test was 8/24. He picked up 29 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten-wicket hauls in his cricket career. He had gained wide acclamation for his accuracy. He had an average of 21.64 and maintained an economy of 2.49.
6. Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad is known as the second most successful bowler for England in Test Cricket format. He was successful in picking 524 wickets in 149 matches. He asserted the 6th most wickets in the test and his best performance was 8/15. He claimed 18 wicket-hauls and a massive 3 ten-wicket haul in Test cricket format. He averaged 27.84 with an economy of 2.93.
7. Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh was a magnificent Caribbean Right-Handed fast bowler. Walsh picked up 519 wickets in 132 matches with the record of 7th most wickets in the test. His best performance in the test matches was 7/37. He took 22 five-wicket hauls and 7 ten-wicket hauls in his cricket career. Walsh was praised for his accuracy as he has an average of 24.44 and a consistent economy of 2.53.
8. Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn is one of the most fierce and aggressive pacers in the world. He has picked up 439 wickets in his 93 matches. Dale Steyn’s best figures in test cricket format are 7/51, and he maintained an appreciable average of 22.95 and economy of 3.24. Steyn has claimed a total of 26 five-wicket hauls and 5 ten-wicket hauls in ODI cricket format.
9. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is one of the most successful pacers for India on an international platform. Kapil Dev has claimed 434 wickets in his Test career, which makes him the 9th most wicket-taker in test cricket format. He has picked up a total of 23 five-wicket hauls and 2 ten-wicket hauls in ODIs. He averages around 29.64 and has a magnificent economy of 2.78.
10. Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath was a Sri Lankan Left-Arm Off Spinner who bowls in a beautiful action. In his 93 matches, he took 443 wickets. His best bowling performance in ODI is 9/127, and he has successfully picked up a total of 34 five-wicket hauls and 9 ten-wicket hauls. He had an average of 28.07 and an economy of 2.80.