Every youngster starts playing cricket to represent their country and make a mark in international cricket. Being an impactful bowler in any team is precious and bowlers always win you matches because a bowler has 6 opportunities in an over to deceive a batter but a single mistake sends a batter to the pavilion. Consistency, accuracy, and discipline can get any bowler wickets irrespective of the format. The game of cricket has seen many great bowlers come and dominate and having your name on the list of most wickets in International cricket is phenomenal, have a look at it.
Considered the greatest spinner of all time, Muttiah Muralitharan conquers the race of taking the most wickets in international cricket. Murali had a great career of 20 years (1992-2011), where he bamboozled every batsman in the world with his doosra, off-spin, and speed variation. The Lankan wizard bagged 1347 wickets in 495 matches across all formats at a decent strike rate of 46.8. Muralitharan owns the record of grabbing the most 5 wicket hauls in cricket history (77).
Known as “The King of Spin”, Shane Warne gets 2nd place in terms of getting the most wickets in international cricket. Warne claimed 1001 wickets in 339 matches, which makes him the 2nd bowler in the history of cricket to take 1000 wickets overall. Warne had 38 fifers and 10 ten-fers in his name. The legendary leggie’s 708 wickets came in tests, while the rest of the 293 wickets were taken in ODIs.
English Veteran James Anderson has taken the 3rd most wickets in international cricket with 972 wickets in 392 matches. His sensational fitness allows him to play cricket despite being 40 years old. The Lancashire legend is the highest wicket-taker among pacers in tests with more than 685 wickets. For his skill in swinging the ball both ways with old & new ball, he is called “The King of Swing”. Despite playing his last ODI in 2015, the Lancashire-born seamer still remains the highest wicket-taker in ODIs for England (269).
The 4th place on this list features Indian legend, Anil Kumble. With the maximum pace, Kumble used to trouble the batters with variations in it. Nobody ever understood that Kumble keeps the ball straight rather than spinning it, which succeeded him to be one of the finest ballers of all time. The Bangalore-based leggie had 956 scalps in 403 matches across all formats. Since the veteran spin wizard’s departure, India has not been able to find a bowler like him who thrives in all formats.
former Australian great, Glenn McGrath finds himself at the 5th spot on the tally of most wickets in international cricket. McGrath had a marvelous career of 14 years (1993-2007), where he clinched 949 wickets at an outstanding average of 21.76. McGrath itched himself in international cricket with his accurate line and length which led him to thrive in every condition. The highest wicket-taker for Australia in all formats also holds the record for most wickets in World Cup history (71 scalps), notably, his huge beneficiation assisted the Aussies to lift trophies in 1999, 2003, and 2007.
List of Most Wickets In T20 International
|M Muralitharan (SL)||495||583||1347||22.86||46.8||9/51||77||22|
|S Warne (AUS)||339||464||1001||25.51||51.2||8/71||38||10|
|J Anderson (ENG)||392||543||972||26.97||49.6||7/42||34||03|
|A Kumble (IND)||403||501||956||30.09||57.8||10/74||37||08|
|G McGrath (AUS)||376||493||949||21.76||44.5||8/24||36||03|
|W Akram (PAK)||460||532||916||23.57||44.5||7/119||31||05|
|S Pollock (SA)||423||510||829||23.73||48.6||7/87||21||01|
|S Broad (Eng)||338||473||819||27.88||48.4||8/15||20||03|
|W Younis (PAK)||349||412||789||23.70||36.6||7/36||35||05|
|C Vaas (SL)||439||520||761||28.44||51.7||8/19||16||02|
|C Walsh (WI)||337||446||746||26.28||54.7||7/37||23||03|
|B Lee (AUS)||322||392||718||26.66||39.3||5/22||19||–|
|T Southee (NZ)||355||435||714||29.31||44.3||7/33||19||01|
|Harbhajan Singh (IND)||367||444||711||32.54||58.6||8/84||28||05|
Muttiah Muralitharan has the most international wickets (1347).
James Anderson has the most wickets in international cricket (962).
Anil Kumble has taken the most wickets in international cricket for India (956).
Muttiah Muralitharan & Shane Warne are the two bowlers who have taken more than 1000 international wickets apart.
West Indian Alzarri Joseph grabbed the most wickets in international cricket in 2022, 70 wickets in 41 innings.
Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most wickets in all formats, 1347 wickets.
Wasim Akram bagged the most wickets in all formats for Pakistan (916).
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