When it comes to bowling with the red cherry in the hand, it becomes even more challenging. The bowlers don’t have to just bowl; they have to beat the batters and take all 20 wickets of the opponent.

Test cricket, the longest format of the game, requires top-notch skills, mental resilience, and physical endurance. Playing over 5 days might seem easy, but it isn’t.

It becomes hard to beat teams that possess bowlers with such capabilities. In this article, I will list the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in Test cricket history.

Most Wickets in Test Cricket

PlayerMatchesInningsWicketsBBIAvgEconSR5/10 Wicket Hauls
Muthiah Muralitharan (SL)1332308009/5122.722.4755.0467/22
Shane Warne (AUS)1452737088/7125.412.6557.4937/10
James Anderson (ENG)1873487007/4226.522.7956.9632/3
Anil Kumble (IND)13223661910/7429.652.6965.9935/8
Stuart Broad (ENG)1673096048/1527.682.9755.7920/3
Glenn McGrath (AUS)1242435638/2421.642.4951.9529/3
Nathan Lyon (AUS)1292425308/5030.282.9361.8124/5
Courtney Walsh (WI)1322425197/3724.442.5357.8422/3
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)1001895167/5923.752.8150.7036/8
Dale Steyn (SA)931714397/5122.953.2442.3826/5

Key insights from the above stats

1039: The number of Test wickets taken by James Anderson and Stuart Broad while playing together in 138 Tests. This is the highest by a bowling duo, followed by Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath with 1001 wickets in 104 matches.

8: The number of players who have picked more than 500 Test wickets. Nathan Lyon is the latest entry to this elite list.

67 & 22: Sri Lanka’s charismatic spinner, Muthiah Muralitharan, has picked the most 5-wicket and 10-wicket hauls in Test cricket. He has 67 5-wicket hauls and 22 10-wicket hauls to his name.

300: More than 37 bowlers have taken 300+ wickets in Test cricket.

Among the active players, James Anderson tops the list, followed by the off-spin greats – Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin.

10: India’s former leg spinner Anil Kumble became the second bowler to pick up 10 wickets in an innings of a test match. He achieved this feat against arch-rival Pakistan in 1999. Moreover, Kumble’s bowling figures of 10 for 74 are the second-best after Jim Laker’s 10 for 53.

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