List of Top 5 Highest wicket-taker in Test Cricket.

Test cricket, the format of the game which ‘tests’ the true skills and talents of the players. A format holding the highest standard of the game. The game with the longest duration puts to test a player’s patience and thought process while bringing out their prowess. And being a record holder in this format is no less than being termed a legend. Only few have proved themselves to be qualified enough to make a name for themselves in this format.

In this article, we take a look at the legendary bowlers of the Test format and countdown on the top 5 highest wicket-takers in Test cricket.


5. Glenn McGrath


Glenn McGrath, the Australian right-arm fast-medium pro is fondly acknowledged for his contribution to Australia’s success. He won millions of hearts by his dead accurate line and length throughout his career. ‘Pigeon’ started his international career on 12th November 1993 versus New Zealand. He bid adieu to the game on 2nd January 2007 versus England. He played 124 matches with the best bowling figure of 8-24. The talented Aussie, with a total of 563 Test wickets, takes the 5th seat in being the taker most wickets in Test. With an astonishing three times 10 wickets in an innings, 29 times 5 wickets haul and an average of 21.64 he turned out to be a legend of the sport.

4. James Anderson 


James Anderson the English right-arm fast-medium swing king stands 4th in taking most wickets in Test. Jimmy became an iconic player because of his ability to swing the ball throughout an innings and his beautiful action. As years passed, he solidified his position as a contender on the Test side. Making his debut on 22nd May 2003 against Zimbabwe, Anderson is still going sharp in his career. In 151 Test matches, he has total scalps of 584 to his name. With 28 five wickets haul and an average of 26.83 in the format, he has proved to be an indispensable asset to English cricket.


3. Anil Kumble


Anil Kumble, the legendary Indian right-arm leg spinner, has secured the third position in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test with 619 wickets.  The only leg spinner in the world to take this number of wickets in Test cricket without actually spinning the ball either way. Kumble made his Test debut on 9th August 1990 versus England and soon after, went on to become a successful spinner worldwide. He is the only spinner to have the best bowling figures of 10-74 in an innings.  Concluding his successful career of 18 years, he played his last match on 29th October 2008 versus Australia. Subsequently, he took up the job of coaching the bowlers of the Indian cricket team. Additionally, he has also been the chairman of ICC in 2012.


2. Shane Warne


Shane Warne is believed to be the king of spin. With 708 wickets, he is the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the Test cricket. Warney started his carrier on 2nd January 1992 versus India and played his last Test on 2nd January 2007 against England. His 15 years career has been a revolution to the cricket world. His commencement changed the perspective of millions of cricket fans and induced in them respect for the purest form of the sport. The king of spin was successful in discomforting several batsmen to stand their ground in front of him. Warney played 145 Test matches with a bowling average of 25.41.


1. Muttiah Muralitharan


And the highest wicket-taker accounts his spot on the top of the list with a total of 800 wickets in 133 matches. Muttiah Muralitharan was born on 17th April 1972 in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. This right arm off break master marked his spot on the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame by taking most wickets in Test cricket. The legend made his debut on 28th August 1992 versus Australia and ended his 18 years long career on 18th July 2010 against India. Furthermore, his 67 five-wickets hauls are the highest in Test cricket.

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