The game of Cricket has been recently dominated by the batsman,as the boundaries are becoming shorter and bats becoming heavier. Though, the game is in favour of the batsman there are still some bowlers who find a piece of. The last decade saw the retirement of many bowling legends like Anil Kumble and Muttiah Muralitharan.
It wouldn't be a surprise that the list consists of 3 spinners and, as they are considered to be regular wicket-takers because of the obvious reasons.
Cricwizz takes a look into the top 5 bowlers with most wickets in Test over the decade (2010-2019)
1. Jimmy Anderson (2010-2019)
The English RIght-arm-fast-medium is undoubtedly one of the best fast bowlers of the era. His ability bowls steadily and maintains the length at precision as made him the top wicket-taker. The 37-year old has claimed 429 wickets in the last decade by playing 106 matches. In his spectacular career,he has played 152 Test matches and has claimed 587 wickets. In ODIs, he has played 194 matches claiming 269 wickets with the career best figures of 42/7.
Anderson is the all-time leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers surpassing Glenn McGrath of Australia (563 wickets) and holds the record of most wickets for an English player in both Test and One-Day Internationals.
Currently Anderson is playing the Test series against West Indies. The Test series is considered to be the ice breaker as it is the fist series to be played post Pandemic lockdown. The Speedster will celebrate his 38th Birthday on 30th of the month, proving age is just a number.
2. Stuart Broad (2010-2019)
Another English man makes the list and grabs the second spot here. The 6 foot 5 inch Pacer is considered one of the best all-rounders in the England team after the likes of Andrew Flintoff and was one compared to being the next Flintoff. The pacer has claimed 403 wickets in the last decade playing 111 matches. Further, in his career he has claimed a total of 485 wickets in Tests playing 138 matches and 178 wickets in the 121 ODIs he played for England.
In the year 2006 he was voted the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year. In the fourth Test of the 2015 Ashes series he took a career best figures of 8–15 in the Australian first innings as they were dismissed for just 60. This performance by Broad was named as Wisden Men's Test spell of the decade.
Currently Broad is playing the Test series against West Indies along side Jimmy Anderson,who is the No.1 on our list.
3. Nathan Lyon (2011-2019)
The 32-year old Australian Spinner makes it 3rd on the list. Nathan Lyon is considered one of the best spinners Australia has produced mainly for his consistent accuracy. He has claimed 380 wickets in the 95 matches he played in the last decade.He has claimed a total of 390 wickets in the 96 matches he played in test cricket and 29 wickets in ODI in the 29 matches he played.
As of June 2020, Nathan Lyon is the 16th-ranked Test bowler and 20th-ranked Test all-rounder in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings. Considered the most successful off-spin bowler for Australia, Lyon holds the record for the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler, passing Hugh Trumble's 141 wickets in 2015.
4. Rangana Herath (2010-2018)
The 42-year old off-spinner has claimed 363 wickets in the mere 73 matches he played for Sri Lanka in the last decade.Overall, the off-spinner has claimed 433 wickets in the 93 Test matches he represented Sri Lanka and 74 wickets in the 71 ODIs he represented Sri Lanka.
He is also regarded as the first left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets. He also has the longest Test Cricket Career for Sri Lanka which spanned a towering 19 Years from 1999 to 2018.
In July 2018, Herath hinted that he is thinking of retiring from international cricket in November, after the England series. On 22 October, he announced that he would retire from Test cricket after the first Test against England at Galle. He is the last Test cricketer to retire after making his debut in the 20th century. He had announced his retirement from limited-overs cricket 2 years prior to his test retirement.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin (2011-2019)
The street-smart off spinner is the only Indian player to make to this list. The 33-year all-rounder is regular in Indian line-up,as he is one of the most experienced bowlers currently available. The off-spinner has claimed 362 wickets in the 70 matches he played for Team India in the last decade. Overall, he has 365 dismissals in the 71 Test matches he played for India and 150 wickets in 111 ODIs.
He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 and 350-wicket mark in Test cricket in terms of number of innings. In the year 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award. Ashwin holds several records to his name and the most notable being the fastest Indian bowler and 5th fastest in the world to reach 100 Test wickets, getting to the milestone in just his 18th Test match.
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