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List of Top 10 Fastest 100 Wickets in Test Cricket History

Top 10 Fastest 100 Wickets in Test: Test Cricket is one of the oldest formats of Cricket. Test Cricket is played between two teams for a span of four to five days. The team which scores more runs comprised in a couple of innings is the winner of a Test match. In a rapidly developing era, Test Cricket is still a popular format where the spectators patiently watch all five days of cricketing action.

The bowlers play a crucial part in picking up wickets in Test Cricket. Without the contribution of bowlers, Test cricket is incomplete. The result of Test cricket is dependent upon the abilities of the bowlers to claim wickets. Here is the list of the Top 10 fastest 100 wickets in Test:

Top 10 Fastest 100 Wickets in Test Cricket

#10 Ian Botham, England

(19 Matches)

Ian Botham
Ian Botham

Ian Botham is one of the most successful players for England in Test Cricket. A 6.2 ft bowling all-rounder, Botham has made a significant contribution to the glory of English test cricket. Botham has picked up 383 wickets in his Test cricket. He has bowled magnificently and his best figures in Test cricket were 8/34 with an economy of below three.

Botham was a decorated English bowler who had a long and impacting career. He created several bowling records, one of which was to claim the fastest 100 wickets in a Test. Botham took just 19 matches to take 100 test wickets. His 100th wicket came against India at the Lord’s in 1979. Botham took 2 years and 5 days to set a record.

#9 Anderson Roberts, West Indies

(19 Matches)

Anderson Roberts
Anderson Roberts

Anderson Roberts was one of the leading wicket-taking bowlers for the West Indies in Test Cricket. The Right Arm fast bowler had a beautiful action along with brilliant line and length. His fierce pace had a destructive approach and many great bowlers were caught in his trap.

Roberts led the West Indies side to numerous victories in test cricket. He holds the record of taking the 9th fastest 100 wickets in Test. His 100th wicket came against England at the Leeds in 1976. The young lad had debuted in 1974 and took only 2 years to achieve a feat.

#8 Alfred Louis Valentine, West Indies

(19 Matches)

Alfred Louis Valentine
Alfred Louis Valentine

The Caribbeans bowled aggressively and gained quick wickets to fit in our list of claiming the fastest hundred wickets. Alfred Louis Valentine was another such bowler who bowled Slow Left-Arm Orthodox and succeeded in turning a bright career for the West Indies team.

Valentine is the bowler who picked up the 8th fastest 100 wickets in Test. He bowled significantly against England at Georgetown in 1954 to claim his 100th wicket. Valentine had made his debut in 1950 and took a brief period of 3 years and 261 days to achieve the milestone.

#7 Colin Blythe, England

(19 Matches)

Colin Blythe
Colin Blythe

A Slow Left-Arm Orthodox bowler for England, Colin Blythe had a memorable career in the golden days of England cricket. Blythe has bowled exceptionally to claim hundreds of wickets for England. He remains one of the most successful spinners for England to date.

Blythe successfully picked up his 100th wicket against South Africa at Cape Town in March 1910 to set a record for picking the 7th fastest 100 wickets in Test. Blythe took only 19 matches to claim 100 wickets and also a period of 8 years and 88 days.

#6 Ravichandran Ashwin, India

(18 Matches)

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin is the second most successful spinner for India in Test Cricket. He bowls Right-Arm Off-Spin and has been a crucial aspect for India in the subcontinent conditions. Ashwin is also a current part of the Test Cricket and is also inducted into the T-20 team for the World Cup. Ashwin plays for the Delhi Capitals at the IPL.

Ashwin has held many records for India in Test Cricket. The new age bowler has picked numerous wickets and is the only active cricketer and an Indian to feature in the list. He picked up his 100th wicket against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium at Mumbai in 2013. He took 18 matches and a span of only 2 years and 8 days to accomplish the goal.

#5 Yasir Shah, Pakistan

(17 Matches)

Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah

The Pakistanis have found it difficult to feature in the list as Yasir Shah is the lone bowler who has been featured in the list. Yasir Shah is a right-arm wrist spinner who has claimed hundreds of wickets for Pakistan in Test cricket. Yasir Shah has had a major impact on the national team and has been a valuable spinner for the Pakistani team.

Yasir Shah has troubled many great batsmen in his glorious career including Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. Yasir Shah has picked up more than three hundred wickets in his Test career and holds the record of claiming the 5th fastest 100 wickets in Test. He took only 17 matches and the shortest period of 1 year and 357 days to achieve the milestone. His 100th wicket against West Indies at Dubai in 2016.

#4 Clarence Grimmet, Australia 

(17 Matches)

Clarence Grimmet
Clarence Grimmet

Clarence Grimmet is the only Australian Legbreak Googly bowler who features in the list. He played a hand in Australia’s successful tour victories against England and West Indies at overseas conditions. His bowling action was unique and it was difficult to find his turn.

Grimmet had a fabulous Test career and set the record of picking up the 4th fastest 100 wickets in Test. Grimmet took his 100th wicket against Australia at the Brisbane Stadium in 1931. Grimmett took only 17 matches along with 5 years and 32 days to accomplish the feat.

#3 Sydney Barnes, England

(17 Matches)

Sydney Barnes
Sydney Barnes

The English Right-Arm Medium Fast bowler had made it in the list along before. Sydney Barnes bowled brilliantly throughout his career and played an important part in the glittering England cricket days. Barnes claimed more than three hundred wickets for England in test cricket.

Barnes had a glorious bowling career and successfully claimed the 3rd fastest 100 wickets in Test. His 100th wicket came against the arch-rival Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1912. He took only 17 matches and 10 years and 72 days to achieve the record.

#2 Charlie Turner, Australia 

(17 Matches)

Charlie Turner
Charlie Turner

The Australian Test Cricket have seen their best days under a whopping team in the 19th century. Charlie Turner bowled Right-Arm Pace and had a scintillating impact on the opposition. His best figures range around 8 wickets in his Test career.

Turner put up a tremendous show in the initial days of their Test career as he successfully claimed the 2nd fastest 100 wickets in Test. His 100th wicket came against the rivals England at Sydney in 1895. Turner took 17 matches and a time of 8 years and 4 days to reach the feat.

#1 George Lohmann, England

(16 Matches)

George Lohmann
George Lohmann

The oldest and experienced bowler on the list, George Lohmann has created a record that is still not broken by the current generation of bowlers. Lohmann bowled Right-Arm Medium Fast and had a successful career for England. He also led the side to many overseas and home victories in his marvelous bowling career.

Lohmann left a devastating impact on every batsman who played against him. Most of them got frightened due to his fierce pace and were left numb. Lohmann holds the record for the fastest 100 wickets in Test in 126 years and his 100th wicket came against South Africa at Johannesburg. He took only 16 matches to accomplish the milestone.

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