Top 10: Most Wickets in Test by Left Arm Bowlers

Successful left-arm bowlers are a rare breed in cricket. The x-factor they bring into the team’s composition is always a welcoming one irrespective of the format. Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka, with 433 wickets, currently tops the list of the highest wicket-takers in Tests among the left-handed bowlers. That makes, no left-handed bowlers part of the elite list of 500 Test wickets.

Legendary names like Wasim Akram, Daniel Vettori, Chaminda Vaas, Mitchell Johnson, and Zaheer Khan are the other left-handed bowlers who crossed 300 Test wickets.

Provided in the table below is the list of top-10 wicket-takers among left-handed bowlers in Test cricket:

Rangana Herath (SL)9317043328.072.8060.09/12734/9
Wasim Akram (PAK)10418141423.622.5954.67/11925/5
Daniel Vettori (NZ)11318736234.362.5979.57/8720/3
Chaminda Vaas (SL)11119435529.582.6866.07/7112/2
Mitchell Johnson (AUS)7314031328.403.3351.18/6112/3
Zaheer Khan (IND)9216531132.943.2760.47/8711/1
Derek Underwood (ENG)8615129725.832.1073.68/5117/6
Trent Boult (NZ)7113527828.172.9856.56/308/1
Bishan Bedi (IND)6711826628.712.1480.37/9814/1
Mitchell Starc (AUS)6111725527.573.3549.36/5013/2

Stats Insights

Among the left-arm pacers, Wasim Akram leads the list with 414 Test wickets.

Here are the top-five left-arm pacers with most Test wickets:

  1. Wasim Akram (PAK) – 414
  2. Chaminda Vaas (SL) – 355
  3. Mitchell Johnson (AUS) – 313
  4. Zaheer Khan (IND) – 311
  5. Trent Boult (NZ) – 281

Among the left-arm spinners, Rangana Herath leads the list with 433 Test wickets.

Here are the top-five left-arm spinners with most Test wickets:

  1. Rangana herath (SL) – 433
  2. Daniel Vettori (NZ) – 362
  3. Derek Underwood (ENG) – 297
  4. Bishan Bedi (IND) – 266
  5. Garry Sobers (WI) – 235

Among the current list of bowlers, Trent Boult of NZ tops the list of highest Test wickets by left-handed bowlers.

Here are the top 10 left-handed bowlers with most wickets in Test:

  1. Trent Boult (NZ) – 281
  2. Neil Wagner (NZ) – 219
  3. Ravindra Jadeja (IND) – 216
  4. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) – 210
  5. Taijul Islam (BAN) – 114

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan, who recently announced his retirement ended his long-format career with 119 Test scalps.

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