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Top 10 Five Wicket Takers in T20 and Test Cricket

by on December 24, 2010
in Records, T20 Cricket, Test Cricket

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Top 10 Five Wicket Takers in T20 Cricket  

It was not easy for the bowlers to acclimatize to this shorter form of world cricket. The 20-20 cricket format was quick and favored for batsmen. The bowlers were on the receiving end. They needed to adapt quickly and had to use the stock deliveries more often. The top bowlers in 20-20 cricket were the ones who were clever, skilled, talented and had the most variety. Plain speed can get you into trouble in this form of cricket.

In order to rate the bowlers, stats are not enough. A bowler not getting a wicket in match, but conceding only 8-10 runs in his spell of 3 over would be ignored by stats. The following list rates the bowlers according to stats, match performances, economy rates, winning performances and the ability to perform under critical situations.

  • Umer Gul (Pakistan)
  • Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
  • Shaun Tait (Australia)
  • DP Nannes (Aus)
  • CK Langeveldt (SA)
  • Saeed Ajmal (Pak)
  • GP Swann (Eng)
  • MG Johnson (Aus)
  • A Nehra (India)
  • RJ Sidebottom (Eng)

Top 10 Five Wicket Takers in Test Cricket  

The strike rates of the best bowlers of the world in Test cricket are all below 35 – evidence of the team’s high standing. The strike rate of less than 35 means that the bowler is very consistent in their game and knows how to play Test well. They made history taking five wickets in Test countless times. The leader of the chart is Muttiah Muralitharan, but other bowlers have done their part. They are also contributing and have shown their skill and talent moving the ball in the right way and taking five wickets in Test more times than other bowlers. They are great and legendary in Test cricket. The list of the leading five wicket takers in Test is shown below:

  • Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)
  • Shane Warne (Aus)
  • Richard Hadlee (NZ)
  • Anil Kumble (Ind)
  • Glenn McGrath (Aus)
  • Ian Botham (Eng)
  • Wasim Akram (Pak)
  • Harbhajan Singh (Ind)
  • Sydney Barnes (Eng)
  • Kapil Dev (Ind)

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