Most 10 Wicket Hauls in Test: Test cricket is a format where the players get to express themselves in a significant amount of time due to the absence of a barrier of overs in the format. While it does take days for a match to last, it is not that easy for the players. To be able to perform consistently on all days requires a whole lot of mental strength for the players. When we talk about bowlers, their performance is unbound from time, as they get over after overs to try and test something new, which can often be exhausting but indeed exhilarating. Over the past, numerous bowlers have tried, tested, and tasted success in the longest format of the game, where they picked 10 wickets in a single match. Let us take a look at the top bowlers with the highest number of ten-wicket hauls in test cricket.
Most 10 Wicket Hauls in Test Cricket
|M Muralitharan (ICC/SL)||1992-2010||133||230||1794||800||22.72||2.47||55.04||45||67||22|
|SK Warne (AUS)||1992-2007||145||273||1761||708||25.41||2.65||57.49||48||37||10|
|Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ)||1973-1990||86||150||809||431||22.29||2.63||50.85||25||36||9|
|Rangana Herath (SL)||1999-2018||93||170||814||433||28.07||2.8||60.03||20||34||9|
|R Ashwin (IND)||2011-2023||94||178||871||489||23.65||2.76||51.35||24||34||8|
|A Kumble (IND)||1990-2008||132||236||1576||619||29.65||2.69||65.99||31||35||8|
|SF Barnes (ENG)||1901-1914||27||50||356||189||16.43||2.36||41.65||2||24||7|
|CV Grimmett (AUS)||1925-1936||37||67||736||216||24.21||2.16||67.18||7||21||7|
|DK Lillee (AUS)||1971-1984||70||132||652||355||23.92||2.75||52.01||23||23||7|
|Imran Khan (PAK)||1971-1992||88||142||727||362||22.81||2.54||53.75||17||23||6|
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan holds the record for picking the highest number of 10 wicket hauls in test cricket. The right-hander has picked 22 ten-wicket hauls in 230 innings which include 800 wickets at an average of 22.72. Besides this phenomenal record, Muralitharan has picked 67 five-wicket hauls which clearly showcases the reign he had in test cricket.
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2. Shane Warne
Another impeccable spinner in the list, the late Shane Warne was known as the ‘King of the Rough.’ The Aussie spinner had 10 wicket hauls from 273 innings alongside his 37 five-wickets where he had 708 wickets at an average of 25.41.
3. Sir RJ Hadlee
Former Kiwi player Richard Hadlee is considered one of the finest all-rounders in New Zealand. Hadlee had 10 ten-wicket hauls and 36 five-wicket hauls from 150 innings. The left-handed batsman boasted 431 wickets in his glorious career.
4. Rangana Herath
Former Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath has been widely regarded as one of the consistent players for the country in the bowling unit. The left-hander had the record for scalping the second-highest number of ten-wicket hauls after Muralitharan. The finger-spinner had nine 10-wicket hauls from 170 innings at an average of 28.07. Herath also had 34 five-wicket hauls in his career.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin
Known as one of the most successful spinners of India in the current era, Ravichandran Ashwini is the only active bowler to feature in the list. The right-hander holds the record for picking the most ten-wicket hauls (8) in 178 innings. Ashwin has picked 489 wickets at an average of 23.65 in the longest format of the game, making him the most pro-efficient spinner for his country.
6. Anil Kumble
Former Indian spinner Anil Kumble was one of the best in the ‘wrist-spin business’. Kumble is one of the only three cricketers in the world to pick a 10-wicket haul in an innings in test cricket. Apart from this, Kumble had a total of 8 ten-wicket hauls and 35 five-wicket hauls from 236 innings at an average of 29.65.
7. Sydney Barnes
The late Sydney Barnes had an illustrious career as an English bowler. Barnes remains the only bowler in the list to pick the most five-wicket hauls in tests. Barnes had seven 10-wicket hauls and 24 five-wicket hauls from 50 innings.
8. Clarrie Grimmett
The late Clarrie Grimmett of New Zealand was one of the finest spin bowlers who laid the foundation of the ‘flippers’ of the game. Considered one of the most tactical bowlers from New Zealand, Grimmett picked a total of seven 10-wicket hauls alongside 21 five-wicket hauls. The leg-breaker picked 216 wickets in 132 innings at an average of 24.21.
9. Denis Lillee
Former Australian cricketer Denis Lillee was considered the most lethal fast bowler of his time. Lillee picked 7 ten-wicket hauls along with 23 five-wicket hauls in test cricket. Besides this, Lillee had 355 wickets from 132 innings at an average of 23.92 in the longest format of the game.
10. Imran Khan
Former Pakistan bowler Imran Khan was widely regarded as one of the most clinical pacers in the country. Khan picked 6 ten-wicket hauls in test cricket, which is the highest by any player from his country. Besides this, Imran Khan, in his entire test career had 362 wickets from 142 innings at an average of 22.81.
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