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Top 10: Fastest bowlers to 400 test wickets

Which ten bowlers feature in the list of the fastest bowlers to 400 test wickets?


Muralitharan (L) and Shane Warne (R) enjoy a moment during the Masters League
Muralitharan (L) and Shane Warne (R) enjoy a moment during the Masters League

Test cricket is a format that demands Herculean amounts of patience, given the magnitude of concentration that goes into playing the game. Given that there are no maximum overs to be played by each team, more emphasis goes to shed light on the fitness of the bowlers, who need to run in with each ball and give their best to get the better of the batsmen.

Over time, the fourth day and fifth-day pitches have gone on to suit the spinners' style of play, aiding them by providing more turn off the rough, in addition to keeping low at times that has enhanced the probability of picking wickets. The pacers have made use of the swinging ball early on each day and the weather conditions to pick wickets.

In light of some achievements, we try to look at the top ten bowlers who have reached the 400-wicket milestone the quickest in their careers.

#10 Shaun Pollock - 103 matches


Shaun Pollock celebrates bowling out Sac : News Photo
Shaun Pollock

The all-rounder was touted as one of South Africa's greatest cricketers and for no small reason. Pollock often opened the bowling and his sinew lied in his ability to swing the ball both ways and and maintain an immaculate line and length.

The first South African bowler to take 400 wickets in test match cricket, Pollock was handed over the captaincy role in 2000 until he opted out of it after a couple of disastrous matches. However, his talent ensured that he always played the role of the front-line bowler in the squad following Alan Donald's retirement.

The pacer hung up his boots in 2007 as one of South Africa's best bowlers to have played the game and in 108 tests, he had managed to pick 421 wickets at a marvellous average of 23.11.


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