highest test wicket takers
highest test wicket takers

Highest Test Wicket Takers List: Test cricket is considered as one of the most loved formats of cricket. Players with the most number of wickets under their name will be considered as the highest Test wicket takers.

The first officially recognized Test match took place between 15 and 19 March 1877 and was played between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

In October 2012, the ICC recast the playing conditions for Test matches, permitting day/night Test matches. The first day/night game took place between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, on 27 November – 1 December 2015.

How a Test Cricket is Played?

  • A Test match is scheduled for 5 days with two innings per side.
  • Each session consists of 30 overs.
  • The first session will be held before lunch.
  • The second session after lunch and before the tea break.
  • The third session is played after tea until the umpire declares the end of the day’s play.
  • Players are allowed a 40-minute lunchtime and 20-minute tea break.
  • If any session fails to meet the 30-over requirement due to bad weather or any other issue, an attempt to reduce the shortage of overs is made over the following sessions.
  • The day’s playtime may get extended in that case.

Highest Test Wicket Takers List

Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the highest wickets among all the players in Test Cricket. He has the highest aggregate with 800 wickets at an average of 22.72.

Muttiah Muralitharan holds the top position in the highest test wicket takers list
Muttiah Muralitharan

Shane Warne is the 2nd most wicket-takers in the Test as he has taken 708 wickets at an average of 25.41. Anil Kumble has 619 wickets and holds the third position in the list.

England’s James Anderson is the only active player to reach the feat of 600 wickets in test format. Following are the list of top 50 players with the highest number of Test wickets under their name:

PlayerMatInnsWktsBBIBBMAve510
1Muttiah Muralitharan(SL)1332308009/5116/22022.726722
2Shane Warne(AUS)1452737088/7112/12825.413710
3Anil Kumble (INDIA)13223661910/7414/14929.65358
4James Anderson(ENG)1623016177/4211/7126.67303
5Glenn McGrath (AUS)1242435638/2410/2721.64293
6Stuart Broad (ENG)1482725238/1511/12127.72183
7Courtney Walsh (WI)1322425197/3713/5524.44223
8Dale Steyn (SA)931714397/5111/6022.95265
9Kapil Dev (INDIA)1312274349/8311/14629.64232
10Rangana Herath (SL)931704339/12714/18428.07349
11Richard Hadlee (NZ)861504319/5215/12322.29369
12Shaun Pollock (SA)1082024217/8710/14723.11161
13Harbhajan Singh (INDIA)1031904178/8415/21732.46255
14Wasim Akram (PAK)1041814147/11911/11023.62255
15Ravichandran Ashwin (INDIA)791484137/5913/14024.56307
16Curtly Ambrose (WI)981794058/4511/8420.99223
17Nathan Lyon (AUS)1001913998/5013/15432.12183
18Makhaya Ntini (SA)1011903907/3713/13228.82184
19Ian Botham (ENG)1021683838/3413/10628.40274
20Malcolm Marshall (WI)811513767/2211/8920.94224
21Waqar Younis (PAK)871543737/7613/13523.56225
22Imran Khan (PAK)881423628/5814/11622.81236
23Daniel Vettori (ICC/NZ)1131873627/8712/14934.36203
24Dennis Lillee (AUS)701323557/8311/12323.92237
25Chaminda Vaas (SL)1111943557/7114/19129.58122
26Allan Donald (SA)721293308/7112/13922.25203
27Bob Willis (ENG)901653258/439/9225.20160
28Tim Southee (NZ)791483147/6410/10828.22121
29Mitchell Johnson (AUS)731403138/6112/12728.40123
30Zaheer Khan (INDIA)921653117/8710/14932.94111
31Brett Lee (AUS)761503105/309/17130.81100
32Morne Morkel (SA)861603096/239/11027.6680
33Lance Gibbs (WI)791483098/3811/15729.09182
34Fred Trueman (ENG)671273078/3112/11921.57173
35Ishant Sharma (INDIA)1021833067/7410/10832.18111
36Derek Underwood (ENG)861512978/5113/7125.83176
37Trent Boult (NZ)731392926/3010/8027.6781
38Jacques Kallis (SA)1662722926/549/9232.6550
39Craig McDermott (AUS)711242918/9711/15728.63142
40Bishan Bedi (INDIA)671182667/9810/19428.71141
41Danish Kaneria (PAK)611122617/7712/9434.79152
42Joel Garner(WI)581112596/569/10820.9770
43Jason Gillespie (AUS)711372597/379/8026.1380
44Mitchell Starc (AUS)611172556/5011/9427.57132
45Graeme Swann (ENG)601092556/6510/13229.96173
46Brian Statham (ENG)701292527/3911/9724.8491
47Michael Holding (WI)601132498/9214/14923.68132
48Richie Benaud (AUS)631162487/7211/10527.03161
49Matthew Hoggard (ENG)671222487/6112/20530.5071
50Graham McKenzie (AUS)601132468/7110/9129.78163

List Prepared as of 15 July 2021