The game of Cricket is one of the most unpredictable games out there. And what makes it even more unpredictable is the wicket-takers of the teams. One sudden fall of a wicket can fully change the course of the match. Bowlers are the heart in the game of cricket. So, here’s a list of legendary wicket-takers with most wickets in international cricket.
- MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN
Muttiah Muralitharan is a retired cricketer from Sri Lanka. Muralitharan has been ranked as one of the greatest bowlers of all time in the world. He has made records throughout his career from 1992 to 2011. In 2002 the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him as the greatest bowler in test match format in cricket. He is the first and only Sri Lankan cricketer to be included into the ICC Hall of Fame. Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker internationally and also the highest wicket taker in test matches. He played a total of 495 matches and 583 innings internationally. And He took a total of 1347 wickets. In his best bowling innings, he took 9 wickets for 51 runs. In his best match bowling, Muralitharan took 16 wickets for 220 runs.
2. SHANE WARNE
Shane Keith Warne is a former cricketer and captain of the Australian national cricket team. Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, Warne was also a professional poker player. Shane Warne played from the of 1992 to 2007. He was a part of 339 matches and 464 innings. He took a total of 1001 wickets. He took 8 wickets for 71 runs in his best international innings and 12 wickets for128 runs in his best bowling in a match.
3. ANIL KUMBLE
One of the best Indian bowlers of all time, Kumble is also a former captain of the Indian national cricket team. One of the greatest bowlers of all time, Kumble is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in international cricket and also test matches. He is only the 2nd bowler to dismissed all ten batsmen in a Test match innings after England’s Jim Laker. Kumble played 403 matches and 501 innings internationally and took 956 wickets in total. Also known as Jumbo, Kumble was honored by the Padma Shri award, which is India’s 4rth highest civilian award in 2005. He was the fourth Indian cricketer to be included in the ICC Hall of Fame.
4. GLENN MCGRATH
Glenn Donald McGrath is a former Australian cricketer who played from 1993 and retired in 2007. McGrath is one of the most economical and the 2nd most successful bowler ever after James Anderson. He also holds the record of taking the 7th highest number of wickets in ODI. He also made the record of taking and most wickets in the Cricket World Cup. In his international career, he played 376 matches and 493 innings and took 949 wickets. In 2013, McGrath was included in the list of ICC Hall of fame.
Widely recognized as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, Wasim Akram represented the national Pakistan cricket team from 1984 to 2003.
Akram holds many records including the record of taking most wickets in A-list cricket in the world. He is also the second bowler to take most wickets in the ODI format. Akram played 460 international matches and 532 innings. He took 916 wickets in his international career.
6. JAMES ANDERSON
James Michael ‘Jimmy’ Anderson is renowned as one of the greatest fast bowler of all time. Among his many records, Anderson also holds the record of taking the most wickets in both test and ODI format for England. He is currently the second best bowler ICC Test Bowling Rankings. Anderson has been representing the national cricket team of England from 2002. He has played 361 matches and 487 innings and managed to take 862 wickets with his skills. As a fast bowler, he holds the record of taking 50 wickets against all other 7 major Test playing nations that include Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
7. SHAUN POLLOCK
Shaun Maclean Pollock is the former cricketer and captain of the national cricket of South Africa. He was a one the best pure bowling-allrounder. In 2003 he was named cricketer of the year by Wisden. Pollock represented South Afrika from 1995 to 2008 before retiring. He played 423 international matches and 510 innings catching 829 wickets. Currently, Pollock works as a commentator.
8. WAQAR YOUNIS
Waqar Younis is Australian Pakistani cricketer who represented the Pakistan national cricket team. Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, Younis is also a former coach and captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Younis has the second best strike rate for any bowler with over 350 test wickets after Dale Steyn. Yunis played for Pakistan from 1989 to 2003. He played 349 international matches and 412 innings and bagged 789 wickets. Younis took 373 and 416 wickets in test and ODI formats respectively.
9. CHAMINDA VAAS
Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas or as popularly known as Chaminda Vaas is a former cricketer of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He was one of the most successful bowlers from Sri Lanka and in the world. During his career from 1994 to 2009, Vaas created many records. He played 439 matches and 520 innings internationally. He bagged 761 wickets internationally. Among his many records, Vaas is currently holding the record for the best bowling figure in the history of ODI. He is also the only bowler who took an 8 wicket-haul in ODI formats of cricket.
10. COURTNEY WALSH
Courtney Andrew Walsh is a former cricketer from Jamaica. He represented West Indies from 1984 to 2001. He played in 337 matches and 446 innings internationally and pouched 746 wickets. The fast bowler is mostly known for his extraordinary bowling skills especially in opening overs. He has held the record of most wickets and the first bowler to reach 500 wickets in the test format of cricket. He was also included in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.