Cricket has always been a game dominated by batsmen and producing good bowlers is always a challenge.
Batsmen are crowd favorites in cricket, but bowlers win Test matches. It doesn’t matter how many runs batsmen score. If bowlers fail to bag 20 wickets, the game will end in a draw.
In the limited-overs formats (ODIs and T20Is), teams win based on how many runs they score. Although picking up wickets can change a game, bowlers who contain batsmen by preventing the run flow also come in handy.Nowadays, the game favors batsmen since pitches are more batting-friendly and bats have become bigger. Still, the best bowlers find a way.
Now,let us look at the Top 5 wicketers in the World:
1.Muttiah Muralitharan (1347 Wickets):
This legendary spin bowler from Sri Lanka is well ahead of anyone as far as taking most wickets in international cricket is concerned. Muttiah Muralitharan had taken 800 test wickets and 534 ODI wickets as well as 13 T20I wickets which are the Highest in their respective formats. He is among not only the greatest spinners of all time but also one of the biggest match winners ever. A truly special player.
2.Shane Warne (1001 Wickets):
If bowling was an art then Shane Warne was the Picasso of it as there has not been a greater artist in the art of spin bowling. He has taken 708 test wickets and 293 ODI wickets which is simply incredible. He bamboozled almost every batter he faced.The late Shane Warne will always be remebered as one of the Greatest Bowler in the History.
Highest Indian wicket taker
3.Anil Kumble (956 Wickets):
This champion leg spinner from India is 3rd on this list and he is one of the biggest match winners India ever saw. He picked up 619 test wickets and he also managed to get 337 ODI wickets this showing how versatile he was and he could adapt so easily.
4.Glenn McGrath (949 Wickets):
The first pace bowler to feature on this list clearly shows he was one of the best ever fast bowlers and his swing was amazing to witness. He picked up 549 test wickets throughout his career as well as 381 ODI wickets and if that wasn’t enough he even got 5 wickets in T20IS and it could have been more had this format come when he was at his prime.
5.James Anderson (927 Wickets and counting):
Although Jimmy Anderson is best known for his greatness in the test format but his record in white ball cricket is not had as well. He , till now has picked up 640 test wickets and the Fitness which he has even at his age and his hunger to play test cricket will surely get him more test wickets. He also has 269 ODI wickets as well as 18 wickets in the T20I format of the game.He is the only active player in this list and require’s only 23 more wickets to surpass Glenn McGrath to become the World’s Highest wicket taker among the Fast Bowlers.