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List of Top 10 Most Wickets in Test Cricket History

Top 10 Most Wickets in Test Cricket: Cricket is one of the fastest developing sport in the world. The tremendous facilitation and recognition of Cricket are driving the youth to pursue the ambitious game as a profession. Cricket is a game that requires utmost dedication, hard work, skills, and patience. The home of the game is England whereas it is professionally played across Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

Since its inception, Cricket has grown into various formats that have reduced the time and overs. Test Cricket was the first developed format of the game and is professionally played to date. Recently, the International governing body of cricket ICC had started the World Test Championship to give special recognition to Test Cricket. New Zealand won the first-ever Test Championship.

Player Span Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 1992-2010 133 230 44039 18180 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 2.47 55.0 67 22
SK Warne (AUS) 1992-2007 145 273 40705 17995 708 8/71 12/128 25.41 2.65 57.4 37 10
JM Anderson (ENG) 2003-2021 165 307 35490 16707 630 7/42 11/71 26.51 2.82 56.3 31 3
A Kumble (INDIA) 1990-2008 132 236 40850 18355 619 10/74 14/149 29.65 2.69 65.9 35 8
GD McGrath (AUS) 1993-2007 124 243 29248 12186 563 8/24 10/27 21.64 2.49 51.9 29 3
SCJ Broad (ENG) 2007-2021 149 274 29863 14590 524 8/15 11/121 27.84 2.93 56.9 18 3
CA Walsh (WI) 1984-2001 132 242 30019 12688 519 7/37 13/55 24.44 2.53 57.8 22 3
DW Steyn (SA) 2004-2019 93 171 18608 10077 439 7/51 11/60 22.95 3.24 42.3 26 5
N Kapil Dev (INDIA) 1978-1994 131 227 27740 12867 434 9/83 11/146 29.64 2.78 63.9 23 2
HMRKB Herath (SL) 1999-2018 93 170 25993 12157 433 9/127 14/184 28.07 2.80 60.0 34 9

The Test format portrays the importance of bowlers into the action who play a crucial role in defending runs for the team and picking up wickets at regular intervals. The new ball is available to the bowlers after every 80 overs of play. The pacers bowl the new ball whereas the spinners come into play after the bowl gets old.

Many bowlers have bowled significantly for their countries and grabbed important wickets. Here is the list of the Top 10 most wickets in Test cricket:

Top 10 Most Wickets in Test Cricket

#10 Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka

(443 wickets)

Rangana Herath in test
Rangana Herath in test

Rangana Herath was a Sri Lankan Left-Arm Off Spinner who bowls exceptionally well and has a beautiful action. Herath is regarded as one of the most successful bowlers for Sri Lanka in Test cricket. Herath has bowled magnificently in his 20 year-long careers and troubled every great batsman.

Herath has taken 443 wickets in his 93 matches career and holds the record of 10th most wickets in test. His best bowling figure in ODI is 9/127 and has successfully picked up 34 five-wicket hauls and 9 ten-wicket hauls. His average was 28.07 and an economy of 2.80.

Kapil Dev, India

(434 wickets)

Kapil Dev in test
Kapil Dev in test

Kapil Dev is one of the most successful pacers for India in international cricket. Kapil Dev has been destructive to the opposition in the test as well as the ODI format. He is widely recognized for his brilliant bowling action and brilliant pace along with line and length. Kapil Dev led the Indian side to victory in ICC Cricket World Cup 1983.

Kapil Dev has claimed 434 wickets in his Test career which is the 9th most wickets in test. He has picked up 23 five-wicket hauls and 2 ten-wicket hauls in ODI cricket. Dev averages around 29.64 and has a healthy economy of 2.78.

Dale Steyn, South Africa

(439 wickets)

Dale Steyn in test
Dale Steyn in test

Dale Steyn is known as one of the most fierce and aggressive pacers in world cricket. The South African quickie has been ruthless to the opposition and has been the most successful bowler for South Africa in Test cricket. His outstanding bowling action is praised by all the cricketing experts and analysts.

Dale Steyn has picked up 439 wickets in his 93 matches career and holds the record of 8th most wickets in test. Dale Steyn’s best figures in test cricket are 7/51 and he maintained a remarkable average of 22.95 and economy of 3.24. Steyn has claimed 26 five-wicket hauls and 5 ten-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.

Courtney Walsh, West Indies 

(519 wickets)

Courtney Walsh in test
Courtney Walsh in test

Courtney Walsh was a stupendous Caribbean Right-Handed fast bowler who bowled magnificently. Walsh was part of the West Indies team for a brief period from 1984-2003. Walsh’s excellent line and length troubled every great batsman in cricket.

Walsh picked up 519 wickets in 132 matches played in his career. He holds the record of 7th most wickets in test. The best bowling figure for McGrath in the test was 7/37. He picked up 22 five-wicket hauls and 7 ten-wicket hauls in his career. Walsh was highly praised for his accuracy as he averaged 24.44 and maintained an economy of 2.53.

Stuart Broad, England 

(524 wickets)

Stuart Broad in test
Stuart Broad in test

Stuart Broad is the second most successful bowler for England in Test Cricket. Broad is a Right-Arm fast bowler who is widely recognized for his aggressive nature, accurate bowling, and unique bowling action.

Broad succeeded in picking 524 wickets in his long span of 149 matches. Broad claimed the 6th most wickets in test and his best figures were 8/15. He claimed 18 wicket-haul and a massive 3 ten-wicket haul in Test. Broad hails with a remarkable average of 27.84 and an economy of 2.93.

Glenn McGrath, Australia

(563 wickets)

Glenn McGrath in test
Glenn McGrath in test

Glenn McGrath was a spectacular Australian Right-Arm fast bowler who bowled magnificently in Test. McGrath was part of the West Indies team for a brief period of 14 years. McGrath’s excellent line and length troubled every great batsman in cricket.

McGrath picked up 563 wickets in 124 matches played in his career. He holds the record of 5th most wickets in test. The best bowling figure for McGrath in test was 8/24. He picked up 29 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten-wicket hauls in his career. McGrath was highly praised for his accuracy as he averaged 21.64! and maintained an economy of 2.49.

Anil Kumble, India

(619 wickets)

Anil Kumble in test
Anil Kumble in test

The former Indian Skipper Anil Kumble is one of the most successful leg-spinners in the world and is widely regarded for his sharp turn and excellent line.

Anil Kumble has picked up 619 wickets in 132 test matches played in his career. He holds the record of the 4th most wickets in test and only the 4th bowler to cross the 600 mark wickets in test. Kumble claimed 35 five-wicket hauls and 8 ten-wicket hauls. In his tidy career, Kumble averaged around 29.65 and held an economy of 2.69.

James Anderson, England

(630 wickets)

James Anderson in test
James Anderson in test

James Anderson is one of the fastest, fierce, and most successful bowlers for England in test cricket. Anderson has played fewer matches and claimed more wickets with his excellent pace, line, and length. The best test players are even frightened to face the fierce bowler.

James Anderson has picked up 630 wickets in his 165 match career till now and holds the record of 3rd most wickets in test. Anderson has claimed 31 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten-wicket hauls. Anderson has bowled magnificently to maintain an average of 26.51 and an economy of 2.82.

Shane Warne, Australia

(708 wickets)

Shane Warne in test
Shane Warne in test

The Aussies just can’t be left out in the top ten list of most wickets in test cricket. Shane Warne is the second Australian bowler to feature in this list and certainly is the most successful bowler for Australia in test cricket. Warne is a Right Arm Leg Spinner and bowled with a brilliant turn off the rough.

Warne picked up 708 wickets in his 145 matches career. He is only the second baller to cross the 700 wickets mark in test cricket. Warne holds the record of 2nd most wickets in test. In his 15 years long career, Warne claimed 37 five-wicket hauls and 10 ten-wicket hauls. Warne was a decorated baller and maintained an average of 25.41 and the lowest economy of 2.65.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka

(800 wickets)

Muttiah Muralitharan in test
Muttiah Muralitharan in test

The only player to pick up 800 wickets in test cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan is a Sri-Lankan Right-arm spinner who is the most successful bowler in world cricket. Muralitharan is a highly recognized and acknowledged player and the most valuable asset for Sri Lanka. The most successful batsmen like Tendulkar and Lara have also struggled against Muralitharan.

Muralitharan has claimed 800 wickets in his 133 matches career. His best bowling figures in the test are 9/51. Muralitharan holds the record for most wickets in test. He has claimed a record 67 five-wicket hauls and 22 ten-wicket hauls in ODI. In his 18 years long career, Muralitharan managed to maintain an average of 22.72and an economy of 2.47.

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