A team can win the match by defending runs or taking wickets in the limited-overs format. However, when it comes to winning a test match, the team needs to pick all twenty wickets in most cases. So, bowlers play a more critical role in Test matches than the limited-overs matches. The dominance of any team in Test cricket also depends on its bowling line-up.
Top Ten Bowlers With Most Test Wickets
Here are the top ten highest wicket-taker bowlers in Test. (Bottom—>Top)
The legendary all-rounder from India, Kapil Dev, has played 131 matches from 1978 to 1994 and picked 434 wickets. He has a bowling average of 29.64 and a strike rate of 63.9. His best bowling figure in Test is 9/83.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who made his debut in 2011, has played 85 matches until now and dismissed 436 batsmen. Ashwin is currently an active player, and he can easily surpass many bowling legends present on this list of bowlers with the most test wickets in the future.
Dale Steyn represented South Africa between 2004 and 2019 and added 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 to his tally in 93 matches. He has a bowling strike rate of 42.3, the best among the top ten bowlers with the most wickets in Test cricket.
Courtney Walsh, the only West Indies bowler on this list, is one of the bowlers who bowled fast throughout his long career of 17 years. He represented West Indies from 1984 to 2001 and dismissed 519 batsmen in 132 matches.
Stuart Board has played 152 matches so far and picked 537 wickets at an average of 27.80 and strike rate of 56.9. The English bowler has made his debut in 2007.
Glenn McGrath has dismissed 563 batsmen in 124 Test matches. He represented Australia in Test cricket between 1993 to 2007. He has a bowling strike rate of 51.9 and an average of 21.64, which is the best among the top ten bowlers’ most wicket-taker in the Test.
Anil Kumble, who has taken 619 wickets, holds the record for most wickets in Test for India. Anil Kumble has played 132 matches between 1990 to 2008. He has an average of 29.65 and a strike rate of 65.9. His bowling figure of 10/74 is 2nd best bowling figure.
James Anderson, who has taken 640 wickets so far, holds the record for most Test wickets by fast bowlers. James Anderson made his debut in 2003 and still playing cricket from his English side.
The legendary spinner Shane Warne has represented Australia from 1992 to 2007 and played 145 matches. During this period, he picked 708 wickets at an average of 25.41 and a strike rate of 57.4.
Muthiah Muralidaran, who has picked 800 wickets, holds the record for most Test wickets. Muralidaran has played 133 matches for Sri Lanka from 1992 to 2010. He has a strike rate of 55.0 and an average of 22.72. With 22 ten-wicket hauls, He also holds the record for most ten wicket-hauls in test cricket.
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