Test matches may not be very famous among the fans but they are known as the actual test of the skills and stamina of every player especially bowlers. The bowlers who show good performance in test cricket have a brighter chance of having a long successful career in all the formats of cricket. Following is the list of 10 highest wicket takers in test cricket.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan was only aged 20 when he bowled for the first time for Sri Lankan cricket team. For many people, he is among the greatest to ever spin a ball. Nearly 20 years later, he had taken 800 Test wickets in 133 matches and 534 one-day international wickets and both records stand till this day. His average in test cricket is 22.72 and the Strike Rate is 55.His career best bowling is 9 wickets for 51 runs.
2. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is an former Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game and he is also a cricket commentator. Shane Warne played 145 test matches in his test career of almost 15 years and took 708 wickets with a career best of 8 wickets for 71 runs.
3. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is a former international cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team. A right-arm leg spin bowler who he took 619 wickets in Test cricket. He played 132 test matches in his career and has a career best of 10 wickets for 74 runs.His strike rate was 65.9 with an average of 29.65.
4. Glenn McGrath
Glenn Donald McGrath is a former Australian cricket player and a Cricket Commentator. He was a fast-medium pace bowler and is considered one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.He was inducted into ICC Hall of fame in January 2013.After playing 124 test matches he took 563 wickets with an strike rate of 51.9. His career best bowling is 8 wickets for 24 runs.
5. Courtney Walsh
Courtney Andrew Walsh (born 30 October 1962) is a former international cricketer who represented the West Indies cricket team from 1984 to 2001, also captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. Walsh played 132 international test matches and took 519 wickets. His strike rate was 57.8 and his career best is 7 wickets for 37 runs.
6. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer. He was the captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He is the only players in the history of cricket who has taken more than 400 wickets and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests.In 2010, Kapil Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. The right arm pace bowler took 434 wickets in 131 matches with a best of 9 for 83 runs.
7. Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Richard John Hadlee is a former New Zealand cricketer who is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricket history. Richard Hadlee played just 86 matches but was able to take 431 wickets with a career best of 9 for 52 runs.
8. Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock is a retired South African cricketer who is the leading wicket taker among South Africans. From 2000 to 2003 he was the captain of the South African cricket team. In his test career of 108 matches he took 421 wickets. His average was 23.11 and strike rate of 57.8.
9. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a left arm fast bowler and a left-handed batsman who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in Test and One Day International matches. He played cricket during 1984 to 2003 in which he played 104 tests while taking 414 wickets with a strike rate of 54.6. His career best bowling is 7 wickets for 119 runs.
10. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh, is an Indian cricketer and former captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians. He is an off-spinner and has the 10th highest wickets in test matches. Harbhajan Singh has played 101 test matches till now while taking 413 wickets. His career best performance includes 8 wickets for 84 runs.