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5 highest wicket takers in Test Cricket in 2017

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19 Dec 2017, 22:59 IST

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Over the past few years, the gentleman's game has tilted heavily towards the batsmen with the introduction of smaller grounds, heavier bats, and flatter pitches. However, at the end of the day, it's the bowlers that really win matches for their teams. However high be the score put up by the team, if the bowlers are not able to pick up the wickets, matches cannot be won. This is especially true for test cricket in which taking 20 wickets is mandatory for the team to win.

Let us take a look at the top wicket taking bowlers of 2017 in test cricket who have been showing it isn't a batsman's sport.

#5: Rangana Herath

Pakistan v Sri Lanka - 1st Test
Pakistan v Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Coming in at number 5 is Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, who at the age of 39 years old, is proving once again that age is just another number.

Herath played 11 matches in 2017 with a total of 52 wickets in that time. Retirement from limited-overs international cricket seems to have done the spinner a world of good and even though Sri Lanka was defeated in the test series against India, he was a bright light in an otherwise dim series for the Sri Lankans.

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