Test cricket is the purest form of cricket and as it shows the patience, temperament and so much hard work of the player. In this form of cricket, bowlers play a vital role as it is truly said that ” batsmen can score a big score but if you want to win a test you have to take 20 wickets.”So here is small tribute to Every Nation Leading Wicket Taker In Test.
List of Leading wicket-taker
M Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
In his 18 years of international career, this Sri Lankan spin legend had taken 800 Test wickets. He took his 800th Test wicket in 2008, Till now it is the world record and no other bowler is near it. One interesting fact is that he took his 800th wicket in the last bowl of his career.
Achievement: Hold the record of most no. of five-wicket haul(67) times.
This Australian legend started his career in 1992 against India and from then till 2007 he had taken 708 wickets. He is the second leading wicket-taker after M Muralitharan. We Indians love to see the battle between him and Sachin Tendulkar.
Achievement: He holds the record of most no. of wickets against a single opponent(195 against England).
Anil Kumble started his career in 1990 and for the next 18 years, he represents India. He is not only the highest wicket-taker for India in the test but also in Odi. He had taken 619 in test and 334 in ODI. We remembered anil Bhai as a brave man who so passionate to play for India with his broken jaw and bowled 72 overs in an innings.
Achievement: Only Leg Spinner to captained India.
From the last 17 years, this tall England pacer show consistency and taking wickets at regular intervals. Yes, we talking about J Anderson, who is leading run wicket-taker for his team not only in Test but also in ODI as he had taken (269 wickets and 589 in Test). It is difficult to maintain such consistency for the past 17 years.
Achievement: Highest wicket-taker in both ODI and Test.
CA Walsh( West Indies)
CA Walsh was one of the greatest Caribbean bowlers who took west indies bowling to the top in the world cricket. In his 16 years long career he had taken 519 wickets. In his international career, he bowled 30,019 balls which is till now a world record. Isn’t this interesting??
Achievement: He is the only Caribbean player to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket.
Dale Steyn( South Africa)
This veteran South Africa pacer is known for his swinging delivers with exact line and length which made batsmen difficult to survive. Last year he retire from the Test Cricket. In his 15 years of Test career, he had taken 439 wickets with an avg of 22.95.
Achievement: He holds the record of the most 5 wicket haul for South Africa(26).
Sir RJ Hadlee(New Zeland)
Sir Richard Hadlee is the greatest sportsman of all time. He is the bowling all-rounder who had good pace and mastery in swinging the ball in both directions. He is the first player to take 400 test wickets. In his career, he had taken 36 5-wicket hauls and 9 ten-wicket haul.
Achievement: first ever to take 400 wickets in test
Pakistan is known for its fast bowlers. As it produces quality fast bowlers, whether it is Imran Khan, Waqar yonis, or Wasim Akram. For Pakistan, Wasim is the leading wicket-taker. He had taken (512 wickets in Odi and 414 in Test).He is known for his reverse swing bowling at the death. Both Waqar and him are specialists in the reverse swing.
Achievement: highest runs at no. 8 positions (257* against Zimbabwe)
The former Zimbabwe legend all-rounder took 216 wickets in his 65 matches with an average of 28.14. He had also taken 239 wickets in ODI in 189 matches. He contributed with the bat also and scored 4932 runs in his career.
Achievement: He is the Zimbabwe bowler to take 200 test wickets
Shakib al Hasan(Bangladesh)
He is one of the best All-rounder the world had produce. I’m saying this because every time he is in action when the team needed. He is ready to contribute with both bat and ball. With his bowling, he had taken 210 wickets. He is only a Bangladesh player who had taken 200 wickets in Test.
Achievement: The only player to score 500+ runs and took 10 wickets in single World cup edition(2019).