Top 10 Leading Test Wicket Taker Bowlers in the World

Bowling is an action of throwing ball towards the wicket and a batsman is present there to defend the ball. There are a lot of ways of bowling. Some of the bowlers are fast bowlers who use the pace of the ball as their weapon. Some of them are slow bowlers, who believe in confusing the batsman with a variety of spin.

Here is the list of Top Ten highest wicket taking bowlers in the world.It is interesting to know that there are three Indian bowlers in the list of top ten highest wicket takers in the world. Anil kumble of India is at third place in this list, Kapil Dev of india is at  sixth place in this list and Harbhajan Singh of India is at tenth place in this list .Anil Kumble is the highest wicket taker of India.


10.Harbhajan Singh of India

Harbhajan Singh is the fourth spinner in international test cricket to take more than 400 wickets after Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble He is the third Indian to make this after Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble. He got six man of the match awards. His high career started when he took 32 wickets in a series of three matches against Australia in 2001. He is in test team for 14 years. But in his down career, he remained wicketless in a series against Pakistan. Then he again captured his permanent place in Team India. He is now playing in all the forms of Cricket i.e. Test cricket, One Day International and T- 20 cricket. He is also playing in Indian Premiere league from Mumbai Indians. He was in controversies after he slapped his teammate S.Shreesanth during an IPL match.


 9.Wasim Akram of Pakistan  (414 wickets)

Wasim Akram is a Pakistani left arm fast bowler, who was born on June 3, 1966. He was known for his swing in bowling. He took 414 wickets in test cricket. His one day international career was also memorable with total 502 wickets. He was nicknamed as “The Sultan OF Swing”. He bowled more than 100 batsmen in his test career. It was very tough for the batsman to understand his balls. He took 119 wickets by Leg Before Wicket (LBW). Wasim Akram was nominated for Hall Of Fame by International Cricket Council in 2009. He retired from international cricket in 2003 and became a commentator.


 8.Shaun Pollock of South Africa (421 wickets)

Shaun Pollock, a world class all rounder of South Africa was born on July 16, 1973. He became the captain of South African cricket team from 2000 to 2003. He was selected as the Wisden cricketer of the year 2003.He took 421 wickets in his test cricket career. He retired from international cricket on January 11, 2008. He then joined Mumbai Indians in Indian Premiere League under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar. He then became captain of Mumbai Indians in next season of Indian Premiere League. After his retirement from IPL, he became mentor and coach of Mumbai Indians.


7.Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand (431 wickets)

Sir Richard Hadlee, best all rounder of New Zealand was born July 3, 1951. He was nominated as second greatest test bowler of century by Wisden in 2002. He was the chairman of New Zealand  board of selectors. He was nominated for ICC Hall Of Fame on April 2009. He took 431 wickets in test cricket. He was the first bowler to take 400 wickets and scored more than 3000 runs which included two centuries and fifteen fifties.



  6.Kapil Dev of India (434 wickets)

Kapil Dev, also known as “Hariyana Hurricane”, was born on January 6, 1959 in Chandigarh. He was the first well known all rounder in Team India. He was the captain of 1983 world cup winning Indian Cricket Team. He was nominated as Indian cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002. He played his first test in 1978. He retired from international cricket in 1994. After his retirement, he became the coach of Team India from October 1999 to August 2000. He is the only all rounder in cricket history who took more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in test cricket.


5. Courtney Walsh of West Indies (519 wickets) 

Courtney Walsh was a West Indian fast bowler born on October 30, 1962. In his career of 17 years, he lead his team in 22 test matches. He broke the record of Indian Kapil Dev and became the highest wicket taker in test cricket in the year 2000. He played his first test match against Australia in Perth in 1984. In this match, performance of this great was ordinary as he took 2 wickets for 43 runs. He played his first one day international match against Sri Lanka at Hobart. He also played in county for Gloucestershire in 1984.      


4. Glenn McGrath of Australia (563 wickets)

Glenn McGrath is an Australian fast bowler. He is the most successful fast bowler in test cricket. He was born on February 9, 1970. “Pigeon” is a nickname of this right arm fast bowler. He was the first Australian player to complete 100 matches in international cricket. He became most taking fast bowler in test cricket in 2005 after breaking record of Courtney Walsh. He retired from international cricket on December 23, 2006 at the last match of Ashes in Sydney. He then joined Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premiere League under the captaincy of Virender Sehwag.  


3. Anil Kumble of India (619 wickets)

Anil Kumble is the most successful bowler of India. In his Test cricket career, he took 619 wickets. He made his debut in International cricket on April 25, 1990. He made a record of taking all the ten wickets in an inning against Pakistan in 1999. He became the captain of Team India in 2007. He was nominated for Padma Shri  and he received this glorious award in 2005. He retired from international cricket on November 2, 2008. After his retirement, he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premiere League. He also became captain  of Royal Challengers Bangalore.


2.Shane Warne of Australia (708 wickets)

Shane Warne was born on September 13, 1969. He was the first cricketer in the world to take 700 wickets. He played his first test match in 1992. In his overall cricket career, he took more than 1000 wickets. He always remained in controversies. He dated a famous model, Elizabeth Hurley. He was also caught in sex scandals and doping case. After his retirement, He joined Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premiere League. He was the captain of Rajasthan Royals for two seasons of Indian Premiere League. After retirement from IPL, he is now playing in Australian domestic cricket.


1.Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (800 wickets)

Muralitharan is the highest wicket taker in test cricket. He was born on April 17, 1972 in Kandy. At the age of 20 years, he played his first match against Australia on August 28, 1992. He played for his team for 17 years and he took 800 wickets in his test career. Muralitharan  is also the highest wicket taker in one day international with 515 wickets in his career of 18 years. He then joined Indian Premiere League . He was a main bowler of Chennai Super kings.

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