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5 oldest players to take 10 wicket haul in Tests

S Samaddar
Top 5 / Top 10
29 Mar 2018, 10:50 IST

In most professional sports, people beyond the age of 35 are considered old and not only are their core skills on the wane, but also their fitness. When it comes to bowlers in Test cricket, it can be an even more of a challenge than batsmen. They might have to run in for a long time and also have to do their bit on the field.

In that regard, it is quite clear that the whole thing can be a lot easier for someone younger. Hence, taking a 10 wicket haul in a Test cricket when the bowler is clearly on the last legs of his career is a remarkable achievement and deserves to be celebrated.

Here is a look at 5 of the oldest players ever to have taken a 10 wicket match haul in Test cricket.

#5 Rangana Herath (39 years 193 days) vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, 2017

Australia v Sri Lanka - Second Test: Day 2

The Sri Lankan spin bowling great maybe the senior citizen of world cricket but Rangana Herath remains one of the world’s best spinner and last year, he showed that again in the Test against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi. The teams had pretty much canceled each other out in the 1st innings after Pakistan got 422 in response to Sri Lanka’s 419.

However, Herath toiled hard and sent down 40 overs to take 5/93. In the 2nd innings, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 138 and with a target of 136, and it seemed that Pakistan were only a session away from a win. However, Herath had other ideas and spun a web around the Pakistan batsmen, as they collapsed in a heap. In 21.4 overs, Herath returned figures of 6 for 43 and led Sri Lanka to a famous victory at the age of 39 years and 193 days. 

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