Seeing the ball pass inches away through the bat or seeing the batter getting hit on their body, Test cricket seems like a war and the cricketers playing the match on the field seem to be fighting a battle for the players. Test cricket is even tougher on the bowlers, who must keep on bowling and scheming throughout the day in search of a wicket. Typically, bowlers are given greater importance in Test cricket rather than in limited overs cricket. The pitches are more suitable for bowlers, and the batters need to apply their skills to survive the horrors. In this article, we will rank the all-time top 7 bowlers with the most wickets in a Test career. These bowlers were feared in all parts of the world, regardless of the pitch conditions according to live cricket online video.
The person having the most success at bowling in Test Cricket is Muttiah Muralitharan. The right-arm off-break bowler with an unusual action was hard to read and even harder to play for the batters. The Sri Lankan was born on 17 April 1972 in Kandy, Sri Lanka and made his Test debut against Australia on 28 August 1992. In his 18-year-long Test career, he played 133 Test matches and took a staggering 800 number of wickets. His bowling economy and average were also phenomenal, being 2.47 and 22.7, respectively. He had taken 45 four-wicket hauls, and 67 five-wicket hauls in his Test bowling career. The 50-year-old holds the record for the most number of wickets in a single ground, with 166 wickets at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.
The late Australian legend, Shane Warne, has taken the second most number of wickets in Test cricket. Born on 13 September 1969 in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia, Warne made his Test debut against India on 2 January 1992 and played his last Test match against India on 2 January 2007. The right-arm leg-break bowler finished his Test career after playing 145 games and taking 708 wickets, including 48 four-wicket hauls and 37 five-wicket hauls. He had a bowling economy of 2.65 and an average of 25. He still holds the record for taking most wickets in a calendar year and for taking second-most five wicket-hauls and ten-wicket hauls in a career.
The premium English right-arm fast-medium bowler, James Anderson, has taken the third-most number of wickets in a Test career and the most number of wickets as a fast bowler. The swing bowler was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, on 30 July 1982. He played his first Test match against Zimbabwe on 22 May 2003 and is still currently playing for England. Till now, Anderson has plucked 664 wickets in 174 games, with a bowling economy and average of 2.8 and 26.3, respectively. He has taken 30 four-wicket hauls, 32 five-wicket hauls, and three ten-wicket hauls in matches. The 40-year-old holds the record for taking the second-highest number of wickets in a Test series and second-most number of wickets on a single ground.
The former Indian captain, Anil Kumble, ranks fourth among the highest wicket-takers in Test cricket. Born on 17 October 1970 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, the time Kumble represented India for the first time in a Test match was against England on 9 August 1990. The right-armed leg-break bowler retired from Test cricket after taking 619 wickets, including 31 four-wicket hauls and 35 five-wicket hauls, in 132 matches. In his Test career, Kumble had a bowling economy and average of 2.69 and 29.6, respectively. He has bowled the second-most number of bowls in Test cricket and has also taken ten wickets in a match eight times.
The most significant Australian fast bowler, Glenn McGrath, is credited for taking the fifth highest number of wickets in a Test career. McGrath was born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, on 9 February 1970. The right-arm fast-medium bowler played his first Test match for Australia against New Zealand on 12 November 1993 and his last one against England on 2 January 2007. In his 13-year-long Test career, he took 563 wickets, including 28 four-wicket hauls and 29 five-wicket hauls, in 124 matches, with a bowling average of 21.6 and economy of 2.49. He was known for bowling with an accurate line and length.
The tall English bowler, Stuart Broad, comes at the sixth spot on the list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket. The 36-year-old was born on 24 June 1986 in Nottingham, England. The right-arm fast-medium pacer made his Test debut against Sri Lanka on 9 December 2007. Although Broad is still active and plays Test cricket, he has already taken 552 wickets, including 24 four-wicket hauls and 19 five-wicket hauls, in the 152 Test games he has played up till now. He bowls at an economy of 2.94 and has a bowling average of 27.96 in Test matches.
The Former Jamaican pacer, Courtney Walsh, captures the seventh spot on the list. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 30 October 1962 and made his Test debut against Australia on 9 November 1984. The Legendary West Indies cricketer played his last Test match against South Africa on 19 April 2001 and ended his Test career with 519 wickets, including 32 four-wicket hauls and 22 five-wicket hauls, in 132 games. The tall right-arm fast bowler had a bowling economy and average of 2.53 and 24.44, respectively. He was the fifth-quickest to achieve a tally of 500 wickets in Test cricket.
These bowlers made watching Test cricket fun. They keep coming in and bowling their deliveries to the batter, hoping for a wicket. Whether it is the fast bowlers, who tried to scare the bowlers with their short bouncers or their swinging deliveries, or the spinners, who tried to make use of the pitch by bowling on the cracks in the hope of extra spin or bounce, they all were a nightmare to face for the batters, even for the most elite ones.
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