The bowlers, i.e., the wicket-takers, have always been an indispensable part of a Cricket team. Throughout history, there are matches where bowlers have proved they’re worth in the team by winning the matches single-handedly for their team. So, here are the top 10 highest wicket-takers who have dominated the game in the history of test Cricket.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
With a unique bowling action among all the spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan made his test debut in 1992. Having played Test Cricket for 18 years since then, he played his last match against India at Galle taking eight wickets. With 800 test wickets in 133 test matches, including 67 fifers, Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in the history of test Cricket. He is also the wicket-taker who took the fastest 600 test wickets in just 101 matches and was all over the Cricket news.
2. Shane Warne
Next on this list of bowlers is Shane Warne, who made his test Cricket debut in 1992 against India and only took one wicket in the match. He bagged two wickets in his farewell match against England. With 708 wickets in 145 matches, Shane Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker and managed to be in every Cricket news in Hindi as well.
3. James Anderson
James Anderson has bagged 640 wickets so far in his 169 matches, and since he is only 38 years old currently, he will continue playing for more years and rack up much more wickets by the end of his test Cricket career. So far, he has had 31 fifers and is the only pace bowler to have bagged 600 test wickets.
4. Anil Kumble
The bowler, Anil Kumble has the highest number of wickets bagged for the Indian Cricket team. He is the 4th highest wicket-taker in the history of test Cricket, with 619 wickets bagged in 132 matches with 35 fifers. He has also been a part of the IPL schedule.
5. Glenn McGrath
In his 14 year long test Cricket career from 1993 to 2007, Glenn McGrath, the Australian bowler, has taken 563 wickets in 124 test matches with 29 fifers. McGrath has bagged wickets worldwide with the best bowling average among the ten highest wicket-takers in the history of test Cricket.
6. Stuart Broad
Sixth on the list of highest wicket-takers in test matches, Stuart Broad made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2007 and has bagged 514 wickets in 143 matches with 18 fifers.
7. Courtney Walsh
One of the best-fast bowlers, Courtney Walsh, made his debut in test matches in 1984. He has since then taken 519 wickets for the West-Indies team in 132 matches and is also the fastest among this list to take 500 wickets. He is also passionate about the T20 World Cup.
8. Dale Steyn
The only South African bowler on this list and the eighth-highest wicket-taker, Dale Steyn, made his test Cricket debut in 2004. Since then, he has bagged 439 wickets in the 93 matches he played until the end of his test Cricket career in 2019.
9. Ravichandran Ashwin
9th on this list, Ravichandran Ashwin has bagged 442 wickets in the 85-test Cricket matches. Since his debut in 2011, Ashwin recently surpassed Kapil Dev on this list and has had 30 fifers.
10. Kapil Dev
The only Indian fast-bowler on this list and the legendary 1983 World Cup winner, Kapil Dev, has bagged 434 wickets in 131 test Cricket matches.
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