Fastest Bowlers to 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, & 800 Test Wickets

It takes a lot of determination for bowlers to skittle all 20 wickets of the opposition in Tests. However, some bowlers are built differently, equipped with the skills and temperament to pick wickets aplenty.

In that process, many bowlers breach milestone after milestone, surpassing their peers to reign supreme in the longer format.

Here, in this article, we’ll look at the bowlers who have been the fastest to 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 wickets in Test cricket.

Fastest to 100 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 100 WicketsTime Taken
George Lohmann (ENG)169y 241d
Charlie Turner (AUS)178y 4d
Sydney Barnes (ENG)1710y 72d
Clarrie Grimmett (AUS)175y 323d
Yasir Shah (PAK)171y 357d
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)182y 8d
Colin Blythe (ENG)198y 88d
Alf Valentine (WI)193y 261d
Andy Roberts (WI)192y 138d
Ian Botham (ENG)192y 5d

Key Insights

16: England’s George Lohmann holds the record for being the fastest bowler to pick up 100 wickets in Tests. The former medium pacer took 16 matches to reach the milestone. And he has held this record since 1896!

10.75: Apart from this, Lohmann boasts the best bowling average in this format among the bowlers with 100+ wickets. He averages 10.75 with the red ball, scalping 112 wickets.

23 & 1y 250d: Australia’s Mitchell Johnson and England’s Graeme Swann coincidentally took 23 matches and 1 year 250 days each to complete 100 wickets in Tests. Moreover, both bowlers take the top spot for being the fastest to 100 scalps in terms of time taken (1 y 250d).

17: Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett, who took 17 matches to reach 100 wickets, is the fastest among the spinners.

Fastest to 200 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 200 WicketsTime Taken
Yasir Shah (PAK)334y 42d
Clarrie Grimmett (AUS)3610y 353d
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)374y 321d
Dennis Lillee (AUS)389y 3d
Waqar Younis (PAK)386y 23d
Dale Steyn (SA)395y 175d
Ian Botham (ENG)414y 30d
Stuart MacGill (AUS)419y 282d
Malcolm Marshall (WI)427y 82d
Shane Warne (AUS)423y 340d

Key Insights

33: Yasir Shah, who took 100 wickets in 17 matches, doubled his wicket tally in the next 16 matches. With the 200-wicket mark past him in 33 matches, he became the fastest bowler to grab 200 wickets in the Test format.

82: In that process, Shah broke the reign of Grimmett, who held the record for close to 83 years. Grimmett claimed the top spot from February 1936 to December 2018.

38: Dennis Lillee and Waqar Younis are the joint fastest to 200 Test wickets among pacers, with both achieving the mark in 38 matches. Lillee went past the mark in 1980, while Younis equalled Lillee’s feat in 1995.

3y 340d: Shane Warne may have taken 42 matches to 200 wickets, but he reached the landmark in record time. He took 3 years and 340 days, which is the least time taken by a bowler to pick up 200 wickets.

Fastest to 300 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 300 WicketsTime Taken
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)546y 18d
Dennis Lillee (AUS)5610y 302d
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)588y 120d
Richard Hadlee (NZ)6113y 19d
Malcolm Marshall (WI)6110y 9d
Dale Steyn (SA)618y 16d
Shane Warne (AUS)636y 0d
Allan Donald (SA)638y 213d
Glenn McGrath (AUS)647y 19d
Fred Trueman (ENG)6512y 69d

Key Insights

54: India’s supreme spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, carved his way to become the fastest to 300 wickets in Tests. The offie went from 200 to 300 scalps in 17 matches and attained the feat in 54 matches.

36: Ashwin went past Dennis Lillee, who occupied the top spot for over 36 years. However, Lillee remains the quickest to 300 wickets among fast bowlers, with 56 matches.

6y: Shane Warne, Australia’s greatest spinner, grabbed 300 Test wickets in exactly 6 years, making him the fastest in terms of time taken. Warne made his Test debut on 2 January 1992, and he completed 300 wickets on 2 January 1998.

Fastest to 400 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 400 WicketsTime Taken
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)729y 137d
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)779y 110d
Richard Hadlee (NZ)8017y 0d
Dale Steyn (SA)8010y 225d
Rangana Herath (SL)8418y 6d
Anil Kumble (IND)8514y 58d
Glenn McGrath (AUS)878y 341d
Shane Warne (AUS)929y 233d
Wasim Akram (PAK)9615y 141d
Harbhajan Singh (IND)9613y 103d

Key Insights

72: Now, hereafter, Sri Lanka’s spin magician, Muthiah Muralidaran, rules the roost. In 2002, Muralidaran became the fastest bowler to pluck 400 Test wickets. He went past the milestone in 72 Test matches.

12: With that, he shattered Richard Hadlee’s 1990 record of taking 80 matches for picking up 400 wickets. However, Hadlee was the first bowler to breach the 400-wicket mark in the longer format.

9y 110d: Ashwin was quite close to toppling Muralidaran’s record in terms of matches, but he took 5 more matches. However, he was successful in reaching 400 wickets in a record time of 9 years and 110 days.

Fastest to 500 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 500 WicketsTime Taken
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)8711y 201d
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)9812y 101d
Anil Kumble (IND)10515y 212d
Shane Warne (AUS)10812y 66d
Glenn McGrath (AUS)11011y 251d
Nathan Lyon (AUS)12312y 105d
Courtney Walsh (WI)12916y 128d
James Anderson (ENG)12914y 108d
Stuart Broad (ENG)14012y 228d

Key Insights

87: Muralidaran took just 87 matches to claim 500 wickets, whereas other bowlers of the 500-wicket club took more than 100 matches. Murali’s extraordinary feat earned him the tag of the fastest bowler to 500 Test wickets.

11y 201d: Moreover, he is also the fastest in terms of time taken to go past the 500-wicket mark.

1: Former West Indies speedster Courtney Walsh became the first bowler to grab 500 wickets in the format. He achieved the mark in March 2001 in 129 matches.

1000: The English duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad and the Australian duo of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath are the only 2 pairs that have taken 1000+ wickets while bowling together in Tests. Moreover, Anderson and Broad is the only pair where both bowlers have claimed 500 wickets each while bowling in tandem.

Fastest to 600 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 600 WicketsTime Taken
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)10113y 192d
Anil Kumble (IND)12417y 160d
Shane Warne (AUS)12613y 221d
James Anderson (ENG)15617y 91d
Stuart Broad (ENG)16615y 222d

Key Insights

101: Muralidaran pocketed his next 100 scalps in just 14 matches, completing the 600 wicket tally in 101 Tests.

1: However, Warne was the first bowler to reach 600 wickets 7 months earlier than Muralidaran in August 2005.

Fastest to 700 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 700 WicketsTime Taken
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)11314y 317d
Shane Warne (AUS)14414y 358d
James Anderson (ENG)18720y 290d

Key Insights

2: Muralidaran and Warne — 2 of the finest spinners — are the only 2 tweakers to go past this milestone. And it’s highly unlikely any other spinner will come close to this mark.

Fastest to 800 Wickets in Test

BowlerMatches to 800 WicketsTime Taken
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)13317y 324d

Key Insights

1: Muralidaran is the only bowler to ever pick up 800 wickets in the longer format. And there’s no doubt he will remain the only one to do so in the history of cricket.

17y 324d: The spin master started his career in 1992 and ended with his 800th scalp in 2010. It took him 17 years and 324 days to attain the greatest record and sit at the top of the wickets tally in Tests, after so much struggle and scrutiny.

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