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Top 25 Bowlers with most Test wickets in the world cricket

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Test Cricket is tough. Perhaps the toughest among all formats of the game. It requires patience, stamina, and most of all incredible mental strength. Whether you are a bowler or a batsman, Test Crickets tests everybody. Unlike the other two formats of the game, it is impossible to win a test match if you can’t take twenty wickets in a match. This makes a bowler’s job even harder and more important. Here is the list of bowlers with the most test wickets in the world.

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List of bowlers with most Test wickets in the history of cricket

S.N Player Team Mat Inns Wkts Ave Econ SR
1 M Muralidaran S.L 133 230 800 22.72 2.47 55.0
2 Shane Warne AUS 145 273 708 25.41 2.65 57.4
3 JM Anderson ENG 169 314 640 26.58 2.80 56.8
4 Anil Kumble IND 132 236 619 29.65 2.69 65.9
5 GD McGrath AUS 124 243 563 21.64 2.49 51.9
6 SCJ Broad ENG 152 280 537 27.80 2.93 56.9
7 CA Walsh WI 132 242 519 24.44 2.53 57.8
8 R Ashwin IND 86 162 442 24.13 2.77 52.2
9 DW Steyn SA 93 171 439 22.95 3.24 42.3
10 Kapil Dev IND 131 227 434 29.64 2.78 63.9
11 HMRKB Herath SL 93 170 433 28.07 2.80 60.0
12 Sir RJ Hadlee NZ 86 150 431 22.29 2.63 50.8
13 NM Lyon AUS 108 204 427 32.15 2.94 65.5
14 SM Pollock SA 108 202 421 23.11 2.39 57.8
15 Harbhajan Singh  IND 103 190 417 32.46 2.84 68.5
16 Wasim Akram PAK 104 181 414 23.62 2.59 54.6
17 CEL Ambrose WI 98 179 405 20.99 2.30 54.5
18 M Ntini SA 101 190 390 28.82 3.23 53.4
19 IT Botham ENG 102 168 383 28.40 2.99 56.9
20 MD Marshall WI 81 151 376 20.94 2.68 46.7
21 Waqar Younis PAK 87 154 373 23.56 3.25 43.4
22 Imran Khan PAK 88 142 362 22.81 2.54 53.7
23 DL Vettori NZ 113 187 362 34.36 2.59 79.5
24 DK Lillee AUS 70 132 355 23.92 2.75 52.0
25 WPUJC Vaas SL 111 194 355 29.58 2.68 66.0

Muttiah Muralitharan: Sri Lanka

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A name synonymous with lethal turn, Muralitharan’s record of international wickets seems almost unbreakable. Murali was a true match-winner for Sri Lanka and could win matches single-handedly for them. He holds the top spot and is the highest wicket taker in Test.

While his action was always controversial, there was no denying that he had magic in his hands. He is a leading the list of most test wicket takers and took 800 test wickets in 133 matches.

Shane Warne: Australia

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A conversation about the best bowlers in the world could never end without mentioning Shane Warne. Warne was a magician with a cricket ball. He could turn the ball impossibly, even in the flattest of tracks.

Shane Warne is number two for most test wickets 708 wickets in 145 matches.

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James Anderson: England

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The ‘King of Swing’ James Anderson has been a true seam bowling machine in the previous two decades. 

The first seamer in the most test wickets list, Anderson has played more tests than any other pure bowler in the history of the game. 

With over 630 wickets in 165+ matches, Anderson has the third most test wickets.

Anil Kumble: Most Test Wickets for India

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Anil Kumble has the record for most test wickets for India. Humble stands above all other Indian bowlers, with 619 wickets in 132 matches.

Kumble cleverly used his height to generate extra bounce and trouble the batsman. Being one of the most intelligent and hardworking cricketers of his generation, Kumble bowled with striking accuracy.

Kumble stands number four on the most test wickets list.

Glenn McGrath: Australia

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Shane Warne’s fast bowling partner, Glenn McGrath redefined fast bowling in many ways. McGrath was not the fastest bowler in the world, but his accuracy and focus defined his greatness.

McGrath could bowl at the same length for days, boring the batsman until his patience yielded. With McGrath, test cricket was truly a test for the batsmen.

Glenn McGrath stands at number five on the most test wickets list with 563 matches in 124 test matches.

Stuart Broad: England

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Fast bowlers hunt in pairs. There is probably no better modern example of this saying than the Anderson-Broad duo. 

If England had Anderson swinging the ball on one end, they would have Stuart Broad disturbing batsmen with his height and bounce on the other. 

Broad was an incredible asset to the English team. He is number six on the most test wickets list.

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Courtney Walsh: West Indies

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A name no cricket fan will ever forget, Walsh will be remembered for his contribution to the game forever. His and Curtly Ambrose’s pair is arguably the greatest in cricket.

Walsh could swing the ball both ways, and his natural action and easy run-up only made him even better. 

The legend stands number seven on most test wickets list. He took 519 wickets in 132 matches.

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Dale Steyn: South Africa

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A monster in his prime, Dale Steyn once took 86 wickets in only 14 matches. Wickets getting knocked and batters returning to the pavilion was a common sight for Steyn.

South Africa’s strike bowler, Dale Steyn’s pace and swing made him one of the most lethal bowlers of his time. Steyn’s bowling strike rate is only behind George Lohmann from the 19th Century.

Dale Steyn ended up with 439 wickets in only 93 test matches. He is number 8 on the most test wickets list.

Kapil Dev: Most Test Wickets for India

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Kapil Dev was certainly India’s greatest pace bowler, and probably even India’s greatest all-rounder ever. A Captain, A strike bowler, a hard hitter, the man took on a variety of roles and handled them brilliantly.

He taught an entire generation of Cricket fans to dream. An inspiration on his own, he is someone who will never be forgotten.

The former Indian skipper is number nine on the most test wickets list. He has taken 434 wickets in 131 matches in his career.

Rangana Herath: Most Test Wickets for Sri Lanka

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Overshadowed by Muralitharan in the early parts of his career, Rangana Herath has been a consistent performer for Sri Lanka. It was after Muralitharan’s retirement that Herath shined completely as Sri Lanka’s strike spinner.

With 433 wickets in only 93 matches, Herath stands at number ten in this list.

This was a list of legendary bowlers with the most wickets in a test. These Icons of the game will undoubtedly be forever remembered by us. 

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