Test matches may not be that famous these days but still records are made and broken in this format of cricket. This game shows the real abilities and stamina of every bowler so the one’s who show good performance are likely to have a longer career. Following is the list of top 10 best bowling figures in Test cricket.
1. Jim Laker
Bowling Figure: 10/53
Jim Laker was an off-spinner from English team who had made the unbeaten world record of 19/90 bowling figures in one test match. This bowling figure has still not been beaten and Jim Laker holds this record till today. In the same Test match Laker took 10 wickets for 53 runs which gives him the first position on our list.
2. Anil Kumble
Bowling Figure: 10/74
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 which are the third highest by any bowler till now. He played 132 test matches in his career and has a career best of 10 wickets for 74 runs against Pakistan.
3. George Lohmann
Bowling Figure: 9/28
George Lohmann was an right handed batsman and a right arm medium-fast bowler who played cricket for England national team during 1886 to 1896. He holds the records of lowest lifetime Test bowling average and lowest strike rate in the history of Test cricket. During a match against South Africa Lohmann took 9 wickets for just 28 runs in 1986.
4. Jim Laker
Bowling Figure: 9/37
At no.4 its the off-spinner Jim Laker from English team again who had made the unbeaten world record of 19/90 bowling figures in one test match. This bowling figure has still not been beaten and Jim Laker holds this record till today. In the same Test match Laker took 9 wickets for 37 runs which gives him the fourth position on our list.
5. Muttiah Muralitharan
Bowling Figure: 9/51
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 spin bowlers ever. He has taken 800 Test wickets in 133 matches and 534 one-day international wickets and both records stand till this day. Muttiah Muralitharan’s career best bowling is 9 wickets for 51 runs against Zimbabwe.
6. RJ Hadlee
Bowling Figure: 9/52
Richard John Hadlee is a former cricketer from New Zealand who is known as one of the best all-rounders in the history of cricket. He is also a former chairman of the New Zealand board of selectors and was included into ICC cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. His best Test bowling figures stand at 9 wickets for 52 runs against Australia in 1985.
7. Abdul Qadir
Bowling Figure: 9/56
Abdul Qadir Khan is a former right arm leg spinner from Pakistan national team. He has also worked as an commentator and the chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Board. Abdul Qadir was included in Richie Benaud’s Greatest XI shortlist of imaginary cricket team from the best players available from all countries. His Test careers best bowling figures are 9 wickets for 56 runs against England.
8. Devon Malcolm
Bowling Figure: 9/57
Devon Malcolm is a former English cricketer. He was a right arm fast bowler and a batsman who played 40 Test and only 10 One Day Internationals for England national team. He is at no.8 on out list with a bowling figure of 9 wickets for 57 runs against South Africa in 1994.
9. Muttiah Muralitharan
Bowling Figure: 9/65
At number 9 its the greatest spinner of the ball Muttiah Muralitharan again. He started his career at the age of just 20 and has taken 800 Test wickets and 534 One-Day International wickets. Muttiah Muralitharan’s career second best bowling figures are 9 wickets for 65 runs against England.
10. Jasubhai Patel
Bowling Figure: 9/69
Jasubhai Patel was an Test cricketer from India. He was an right arm off-spinner and also a right handed batsman. He is famous for his performance against Australia in a match in which he took 14 wickets. The same match has his career best bowling of 9 wickets after giving 69 runs in 35.5 overs.
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