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Most Test Wickets

S. No
Player
Matches
Wickets
Economy
Average
5
10
  BBI
 BBM
1
Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)
133
800
2.47
22.72
67
22
9/51
16/22
2
Shane Warne(AUS)
145
708
2.65
25.41
37
10
8/71
12/128
3
Anil Kumble(IND)
132
619
2.69
29.65
35
8
10/74
14/149
4
Glenn McGrath(AUS)
124
563
2.49
21.64
29
3
8/24
10/27
5
James Anderson (ENG)
134
523
2.90
27.40
25
3
7/42
11/71
6
Courtney Walsh (WI)
132
519
2.53
24.44
22
3
7/37
13/55
7
Kapil Dev (IND)
131
434
2.78
29.64
23
2
9/83
11/146
8
Richard Hadlee (NZ)
86
431
2.63
22.29
36
9
9/52
15/123
9
Shaun Pollock(SA)
108
421
2.39
23.11
16
1
7/87
10/147
10
Dale Steyn (SA)
86
419
3.22
22.32
26
5
7/51
11/60
11
Harbhajan Singh (IND)
103
417
2.84
32.46
25
5
8/84
15/217
12
Rangana Herath (SL)
89
415
2.81
28.17
33
9
9/127
14/184
13
Wasim Akram (PAK)
104
414
2.59
23.62
25
5
7/119
11/110
14
Curtly Ambrose (WI)
98
405
2.30
20.99
22
3
8/45
11/84
15
Stuart Broad (ENG)
114
399
2.98
29.33
15
2
8/15
11/121
16
Makhaya Ntini (SA)
101
390
3.23
28.82
18
4
7/37
13/132
17
Ian Botham (ENG)
102
383
2.99
28.40
27
4
8/34
13/106
18
Malcolm Marshall (WI)
81
376
2.68
20.94
22
4
7/22
11/89
19
Waqar Younis (PAK)
87
373
3.25
23.56
22
5
7/76
13/135
20
Imran Khan (PAK)
88
362
2.54
22.81
23
6
8/58
14/116
21
Daniel Vettori (NZ)
113
362
2.59
34.36
20
3
7/87
12/149
22
Dennis Lillee (AUS)
70
355
2.75
23.92
23
7
7/83
11/123
23
Chaminda Vaas (SL)
111
355
2.68
29.58
12
2
7/71
14/191
24
Allan Donald (SA)
72
330
2.83
22.25
20
3
8/71
12/139
25
Bob Wills (ENG)
90
325
2.83
25.20
16
0
8/43
9/92
26
Mitchell Johnson (AUS)
73
313
3.33
28.40
12
3
8/61
12/127
27
Zaheer Khan (IND)
57
311
2.88
25.56
26
7
7/59
13/140
28
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)
92
311
3.27
32.94
11
1
7/87
10/149
29
Brett Lee (AUS)
76
310
3.46
30.81
10
0
5/30
9/171
30
Lance Gibbs (WI)
79
309
1.98
29.09
18
2
8/38
11/157
31
Fred Trueman (ENG)
67
307
2.61
21.57
17
3
8/31
12/119
32
Derek Underwood (ENG)
86
297
2.10
25.83
17
6
8/51
13/71
33
Morne Morkel (SA)
84
297
3.10
28.20
7
0
6/23
8/196
34
Nathan Lyon (AUS)
76
296
3.06
31.81
12
2
8/50
13/154
35
Jacques Kallis (SA)
166
292
2.82
32.65
5
0
6/54
9/92
36
Craig McDermott (AUS)
71
291
3.01
28.63
14
2
8/97
11/157
37
Bishan Bedi (IND)
67
266
2.14
28.71
14
1
7/98
10/194
38
Danish Kaneria(PAK)
61
261
3.07
34.79
15
2
7/77
12/94
39
Joel Garner (WI)
58
259
2.47
20.97
7
0
6/56
9/108
40
Jason Gillespie (AUS)
71
259
2.85
26.13
8
0
7/37
9/80
41
Graeme Swann (ENG)
60
255
2.98
29.96
17
3
6/65
10/132
42
Brian Statham (ENG)
70
252
2.33
24.84
9
1
7/39
11/97
43
Michael Holding (WI)
60
249
2.79
23.68
13
2
8/92
14/149
44
Richie Benaud (AUS)
63
248
2.10
27.03
16
1
7/72
11/105
45
Matthew Hoggard (ENG)
67
248
3.26
30.50
7
1
7/61
12/205
46
Graham McKenzie (AUS)
60
246
2.48
29.78
16
3
8/71
10/91
47
Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (IND)
58
242
2.70
29.74
16
2
8/79
12/104
48
Alec Bedser (ENG)
51
236
2.21
24.89
15
5
7/44
14/99
49
Javagal Srinath (IND)
67
236
2.85
30.49
10
1
8/86
13/132
50
Abdul Quadir (PAK)
67
236
2.71
32.80
15
5
9/56
13/101


The top spot in the list was occupied by Sri Lanka’s leg spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in 2007 and the situation has been stagnant ever since, with no player in the recent times coming even close to his record. Also at the top of the ODI-wickets list, the Sri lankan has the highest number of 5-wicket (67) and 10-wicket (22) hauls.


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West Indian fast bowler, Malcolm Marshall, has the best bowling average of 20.94 among those bowlers who have crossed the 300-wicket mark. The most economical bowler, Lance Gibbs, hails from the Caribbean as well with an astonishing economy rate of 1.98.


James Anderson, with his tally of a whopping 523 wickets remains the only player in top five to has not retired from Test cricket yet. Currently the vice captain of the England Test team, Anderson has a few years of cricket to play and would be hoping to cross the Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets.


Another prominent players in the list who have not ended their ties with cricket include South African pacer Dale Steyn, who occupies the 10th position and needs 13 wickets to equal Kapil Dev’s tally of 534 wickets.

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