Since the inception of the sport, the game has seen a number of players have donned the jerseys, while only a select few have managed to etch their names in the record books, and the only polarity that stands between an elite player and an excellent player, Consistency.
We have seen several players showcase outstanding performances and even help their country win the big trophies but very few players have managed to cement their place in the side for a long period. We have read about various records that the players have achieved.
Cricwizz takes a look at the three renowned players who have managed to pick 100 wickets in a single ground.
The list holds no surprise as these players have been the face of Test cricket for quite some time. Let us take a look.
1) Muttaih Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
Pretty sure most of the readers would have guessed this right, yes, we have the undoubtedly best bowler in the longest format, the Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan on top of this list and to highlight his incredible feat, not just one venue but the right-arm off-break bowler has managed to pick over 100 wickets in three different venues.
The spin wizard has picked a jaw-dropping 166 wickets at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in just 24 matches. The achievement is beyond belief because the highest any other bowler has managed on a single ground is 110.
The 49-year old dominated this list by claiming the top three positions and he is also the only bowler to pick up 100 plus wickets in more than one venue. Let us have a look at his stats in each of the three venues.
|Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||24||166||14/4|
|Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy||16||117||11/5|
|Galle International Stadium||15||111||11/4|
Did you know?
The legendary spinner averages 6 wickets per Test match, which is the highest ratio for any player to have played the format.
2) James Anderson (England)
The English spearhead, James Anderson, holds several records to his name. The 39-year old is the third-highest wicket-taker in the longest format and he is also the highest wicket-taker among the pacers for that matter. The right-arm fast bowler in addition to the plethora of records he holds stands to be the only pacer to have picked more than 100 plus in a single venue.
The veteran has made the mecca of cricket his merry land by picking up 110 wickets at a strike rate of 54.7. His fellow teammate Stuart Board is the second-highest wicket-taker at the Lords with 95 wickets. Can Board join the elite list as well?
# With 294 wickets to his name, James Anderson is the highest wicket-taker for England in ODIs as well. He is also the most capped player in Tests for England (166 matches)
3) Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka’s second-highest wicket-taker and ranked 10th in the list of players with most Test wickets, the left-arm orthodox bowler has always been a threat to the opposition with his ability to bowl a number of variations. Currently 43 years old, Herath is one of the only three players to achieve this unique feat.
He has 102 wickets to his name in just the 19 matches played at the Galle International Stadium. The foxy spinner has also managed to pick 84 wickets at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. One can imagine how deadly the duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Herath could have been.
|Galle International Stadium||19||102||9/3|
# He is the most successful left-arm spinner in Tests (433 wickets). He is also the only left-arm spinner to pick over 400 wickets in the longest format.
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