Top 10 wicket-takers in Test cricket

James Anderson became the sixth bowler to join the elite cricketers in the 500-wicket club. There are nine other cricketers in the 400-wicket club.

The top three slots are being held by the spinners viz. two leg spinners and a off-spinner. Muttiah Muralitharan leads the table with 800 wickets followed by Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619). Glen McGrath (563), Courtney Walsh (519) and James Anderson (501) are the other bowlers in the 500-wicket club.

The fastest bowler to reach the 400 wickets is Sir Richard Hadlee. He played only 86 matches for his 431 wickets. Kapil Dev broke the record and became the highest wicket-taker for some time.

Herewe look at the top-10 wicket-takers in Test cricket

Muttiah Muralitharan has played 133 Tests for his 800 wickets at an average of 22.72.


Shane Warne has played 145 Tests for his 708 wickets at an average of 25.41.


Anil Kumble played 132 Tests for his 619 wickets at an average of 29.65.

Glen McGrath stands 4th in the list with 563 wickets in 124 matches at an average of 21.64.

Walsh stands 5th with 519 wickets at an average of 24.44 in 132 matches.

James Anderson, still playing, has taken 501 wickets in 129 matches at an average of 27.61.

Kapil Dev became the second bowler in the history to reach 400-wicket mark. He took 434 wickets at an average of 29.64 in 131 matches.

Sir Richard Hadlee became the fastest and first bowler to reach the 400 wicket mark. He took 431 wickets in 86 matches at an average of 22.29.

South African Shaun Pollock played 108 Tests for his 421 wickets. His average is at 23.11.

Another South African Dale Steyn played 85 matches for his 417 wickets at an average of 22.30

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