Test cricket is the biggest challenge for a cricketer. Test cricket can last up to five days, each consists nearly 90 overs. Test cricket is often a bowler-friendly game in which batters play slowly and steadily. In this article, we will see players who bowled the most maiden overs in test cricket.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
As Muttiah Muralitharan over-takes Warne’s test wickets record, he edges out Warne again in maiden overs stakes. He is a legendary Sri Lankan spinner was hugely unpredictable with a ball in hand. He bowled 1792 maiden overs in test cricket.
2. Shane Warne
Shane Warne wasn’t always known for his ability to bowl maiden overs, but his mysterious leg-spin took the Australian cricket team to the next level. He is an inspiration to many young leg spinners. He took 700 wickets in his test career. He bowled 1762 maiden overs.
3. Anil Kumble
Indian spinners are notoriously difficult to score from, and the man at the top of the list is Anil Kumble. He dominated the world in the 1990s. He has 619 test match wickets. He bowled over 1500 maiden overs from 7000 overs in test cricket.
4. Glenn Mcgrath
Australian seamer Glenn Mcgrath is one of the best fast bowlers to have ever played the game. He was a nightmare for many batters. He made 563 test wickets. He bowled 4784 overs in his test career. He bowled almost 1500 maiden overs in his career.
5. James Anderson
James Anderson is the all-time leading seam bowler in terms of wickets. He is currently playing in the England test cricket team. He has bowled 1500 maiden overs from his 5721 test overs. He has
been a nightmare for many batters over generations.
6. Lance Gibbs
Lance Gibbs is a former West Indian fast bowler. He bowled over 1300 maiden overs from over 4200 overs in test cricket. He was instrumental in transforming West Indian fortunes on the pitch. He sets the blueprint for subsequent West Indian quick bowlers.
7. Derek Underwood
Derek Underwood was a dangerous bowler in England pitches. He bowled over 1239 maiden overs in his test cricket. He took 297 test wickets with an average of 25.84. He ended his career as one of the best spinners.
8. Shaun Pollock
South African bowling all-rounder Shaun Pollock was a horrible bowler for batters to face with his deceptive pace and bounce. He took 421 test wickets and bowled over 1200 maidens from just
over 4000 overs in test cricket.
9. Daniel Vettori
Legendary Kiwi spinner Daniel Vettori was a master of his ability to pin batters down, making him one of the best in test cricket. He took over 350 wickets for New Zealand in test cricket. He bowled over 5000 overs in test cricket and bowled 1197 test maidens.
10. Courtney Walsh
West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh played 132 test matches and took 519 wickets. He was talented to maintain an average of 24.40 throughout his career. He bowled 1144 maiden overs from over 5000 maiden overs in his career.