Cricket does not only revolve around batsmen and high scores but bowlers play a huge role in making the game go forward. It is the combined effort of batsmen and bowlers that a match is won and victory is achieved. Test cricket began in 1896 and after more than a century, thousands of bowlers have played their part in international matches. Wickets have fallen and matches have won with the tremendous efforts of bowlers of great skill. No doubt, the world of cricket world has produced some of the best bowlers of test cricket who were able to earn themselves accolades and appreciation by setting records of wicket taking.Here is the list of Top 10 Highest Wicket Takers in Test Cricket.
On number tenth is an Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh from India who played 101 matches and got 413 wickets. Harbhajan bowling average in test cricket is 32.37
9. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram from Pakistan is on the ninth number of the highest wicket takers in test cricket. He played in 104 matches and got 414 wickets. Wasim Akram is one of the greatest fast bowler of all time. Wasim Akram bowling average in test cricket is 23.65.
8. Shaun Pollock
Following him Shaun Pollock from South Africa was a fast bowler who played 108 matches and bagged a total of 421 wickets in test cricket with 23.11 bowling average.
7. Sir Richard Hadlee’s
On number seventh of this list is R Hadlee of New Zealand who played in 86 matches and got 431 wickets.Hadlee bowling average in test cricket is 22.29.
6. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is on sixth and he was an all-rounder bowler of India who played 131 wickets and got 434 wickets in the entire test cricket he played with 29.64 bowling average.
5. Courtney Walsh
On fifth of the highest wicket takers of test cricket is the West Indian C Walsh who has played 132 matches and got 519 wickets with 24.44 bowling average.
On number fourth in our highest wicket takers in test cricket list is yet another Australian player G McGrath who played 124 test matches and attained 563 wickets with an excellent bowling average 21.61.
3. Anil Kumble
Thirdly is Anil Kumble, one of the most famous spin bowlersof India who played 132 test matches and bagged 619 wickets to himself.Kumlble bowling average in test cricket is 29.65
2. Shayne Warne
He is followed by the Australian spin bowler Shayne Warne who played 145 matches and got 708 wickets accredited to himself.His bowling average in the test cricket is 25.41.He is greatest spinner in the history of the cricket.He got a lot of achievement in his career.
1. Muthaiah Murlitharan
The highest wicket taker in test is the Muthaiah Murlitharan who was a Sri Lankan Spin wizard, for his off spin bowling has been unmatchable and unbeatable. He was truly the god of spin who possessed the skill and variety of bowling techniques which led him to attain this rank. He had the unmatchable ability to bowl in 6 different ways and all his deliveries were truly commendable. He has played 133 test matches and has bagged 800 wickets to himself. This ranks him first on the list of the highest wicket takers in test cricket of all times.