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Highest Wickets Takers in Test-ODI-T20 and World Cup Cricket

by on January 13, 2011
in Best of the Best, Records


Highest Wickets Takers in Test Cricket

Even though it’s tough to face the fast bowling attack, the hex of spin bowling is much tougher to withstand. Batsmen who feel comfortable facing the fast bowling, they mostly become prey to the spinners, who trick them with their exquisite bowling persona. This is evident from the test cricket records where the highest wickets taker in the history of test cricket goes to Muttiah Muralitharan. This Srilankan King of off-spin bowling has preyed 800 batsmen by his inexplicable bowling at an excellent economy rate of 2.47.

Following is the list of top ten highest wicket takers in test cricket.


Country Matches Wickets Average Economy Rate
Muttiah Muralitharan Srilanka 133 800 22.72 2.47
Shane Warne Australia 145 708 25.41 2.65
Anil Kumble India 132 619 29.65 2.69
Glenn McGrath Australia 124 563 21.64 2.49
Courtney Walsh West Indies 132 519 24.44 2.53
Kapil Dev India 131 434 29.64 2.78
Richard Hadlee New Zealand 86 431 22.29 2.63
Shaun Pollock South Africa 108 421 23.11 2.39
Wasim Akram Pakistan 104 414 23.62 2.59
CEL Ambrose West Indies 98 405 20.99 2.30


Highest Wicket Takers in ODI Cricket

Likewise test cricket, the highest wicket taker in One Day Internationals is Srilanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. Although this first ever wrist spinning off-spinner has faced several controversies pertaining to his bowling action, ever smiling off spinner has remained unstoppable on the pitch. Muralitharan’s has clutched 517 wickets in ODIs with an economy rate of 3.92 as he has recently surpassed and broke the record of Wasim Akram. The King of Reverse Swing, Wasim Akram of Pakistan stands on the second slot with 502 wickets with a slightly better economy rate of 3.89. Following is the list of highest wicket takers in One day Internationals.

Bowler Country Matches Wickets Eco Rate
Muttiah Muralitharan Srilanka 339 517 3.92
Wasim Akram Pakistan 356 502 3.89
Waqar Younis Pakistan 262 416 4.68
Chaminda Vaas Srilanka 322 400 4.18
Shaun Pollock South Africa 303 393 3.67
Glen McGrath Australia 250 381 3.88
Anil Kumble India 271 337 4.3
Brett Lee Australia 186 324 4.71
Sanath Jayasuriya Srilanka 444 322 4.78
Javagal Shrinath India 229 315 4.44


Highest Wicket Takers in T20 Cricket  

With T20 cricket comes the name of Pakistan on top. This is on account of some superb performances by Pakistani Cricketers both with bat and ball. The highlight wicket takers in T20 cricket are the green flag bearers who have lofted their country’s name high in the sky. The highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket is Shahid Afridi with 53 wickets whereas Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal have correspondingly taken 47 wickets and 41 wickets. Following is the list of top 10 highest wicket takers in T20 cricket.

Bowler Country Matches Wickets Bowling Avg Eco Rate
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 42 53 18.39 6.13
Umar Gul Pakistan 34 47 16.00 6.47
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 29 41 16.12 6.35
Daniel Vettori New Zealand 28 35 16.57 5.36
SL Malinga Srilanka 29 35 20.80 7.42
Scj Broad England 29 35 21.57 7.41
BAW Mendis Srilanka 19 33 12.39 5.68
GP Swann England 20 30 14.50 6.49
MG Johnson Australia 24 30 19.53 6.86
DW Steyn South Africa 21 29 18.31 6.80


Highest Wicket Takers in World Cup Cricket Tournaments

Marking records in Cricket World Cup is every cricketer’s dream; however a few reach their destiny in a great manner. Cricket World Cup is chock-full with some distinguished bowling records of which the highest wicket taker record goes to Australian speed gun Glenn McGrath. Glenn McGrath has secured 71 wickets in ICC World Cup at an economy rate of 3.96. Wasim Akram comes on the second position with 55 wickets in his pocket, where he maintained a decent economy rate of 4.04.

A list of highest wicket takers is compiled for our readers’ interest, which is as follows.


2 Responses to “Highest Wickets Takers in Test-ODI-T20 and World Cup Cricket”
  1. Ghulalm Muhammed says:

    Wasim Akram is pakistani he is not indian kindly do correct in your records.


  2. emran says:

    Have a look at the Wander of the cricket.

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