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January 31, 2016

Most wickets after n test matches from debut

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 12:18 am

Here is a list of the leading test cricket wicket takers after playing n matches. A few current-day players feature and I hope to update this list over time. It was created largely manually using ESPNCricinfo’s Statsguru starting from [1] and [2], and using lists of the fastest to multiples of 50 wickets here.  Corrections are more than welcome (updated: December 30 2018).

1 Hirwani, Massie (16) F Martin (Eng), Krejza (12) several tied on 11
2 Hirwani (24) Bedser (22) Massie (21)
3 Hirwani (31) Turner (29) Hogg (27)
4 Turner (39) Hirwani (36) Hogg, Valentine (33)
5 Turner (45) Hogg (40) Valentine (39)
6 Turner (50) Philander (45) Valentine (43)
7 Richardson (53) Philander, Turner (51) Valentine (49)
8 Richardson (66) Turner (56) Valentine (55)
9 Richardson (66) Turner (63) Ferris (61)
10 Richardson (71) Turner (69) Tate (65)
11 Richardson, Turner (72) Yasir Shah (69) Grimmett, Peel, Roberts, Tate, Valentine (65)
12 Turner (80) Richardson, Yasir Shah (76) Grimmett (71)
13 Yasir Shah (86) Turner (81) Richardson (78)
14 Richardson (88) Yasir Shah (87) Turner (83)
15 Yasir Shah (90) Lohmann (89) Barnes, Grimmett, Philander (87)
16 Lohmann (101) Yasir Shah (95) Barnes, Turner (94)
17 Lohmann (109) Yasir Shah (102) Barnes, Grimmett, Turner (101)
18 Barnes, Lohmann, Yasir Shah (112) Grimmett (105) Ashwin (104)
19 Yasir Shah (116) Barnes (112) Grimmett (109)
20 Barnes (122) Yasir Shah (116) Grimmett (112)
21 Barnes (122) Grimmett (120) Yasir Shah (119)
22 Barnes (135) Grimmett (128) Yasir Shah (122)
23 Grimmett (142) Barnes (140) Yasir Shah (124)
24 Barnes (150) Grimmett (142) Waqar Younis (134)
25 Barnes (167) Grimmett, Waqar Younis (143) Yasir Shah (141)
26 Barnes (175) Yasir Shah (149) Waqar Younis (148)
27 Barnes (189) Yasir Shah (157) Waqar Younis (154)
28 Yasir Shah (165) Waqar Younis (159) Grimmett (155)
29 Yasir Shah (169) Waqar Younis (166) Grimmett (156)
30 Yasir Shah (173) Waqar Younis (169) Saeed Ajmal (159)
31 Yasir Shah (181) Waqar Younis (180) Ashwin (169)
32 Yasir Shah (195) Waqar Younis (187) Ashwin (176)
33 Yasir Shah (202) Waqar Younis (190) Ashwin (183)
34 Yasir Shah (203) Waqar Younis (191) Ashwin (189)
35 Waqar Younis (194) Grimmett (193) Ashwin (192)
36 Grimmett (203) Waqar Younis (196) Ashwin (193)
37 Grimmett (216) Ashwin (203) Waqar Younis (199)
38 Ashwin (207) Lillee (206) Waqar Younis (200)
39 Ashwin (220) Waqar Younis (208) Lillee (206)
40 Ashwin (223) Lillee (206) Steyn (205)
41 Ashwin (231) Waqar Younis (216) Steyn (211)
42 Ashwin (235) Waqar Younis (217) Lillee (214)
43 Ashwin (247) Lillee, Waqar Younis (222) Steyn (217)
44 Ashwin (248) Lillee (229) Waqar Younis (227)
45 Ashwin (254) Steyn (232) Lillee (230)
46 Ashwin (261) Steyn (238) Lillee (237)
47 Ashwin (269) Steyn (244) Lillee (243)
48 Ashwin (271) Lillee (251) Steyn (249)
49 Ashwin (275) Lillee (259) Steyn (255)
50 Ashwin (279) Lillee (262) Steyn (260)
51 Ashwin (286) Lillee (269) Steyn (263)
52 Ashwin (292) Lillee (273) Steyn (265)
53 Ashwin (292) Lillee (279) Steyn (270)
54 Ashwin (300) Lillee (290) Steyn (272)
55 Ashwin (304) Lillee (296) Steyn (279)
56 Ashwin (306) Lillee (305) Muralitharan (283)
57 Ashwin (311) Lillee (305) Muralitharan (291)
58 Ashwin (316) Lillee (315) Muralitharan (302)
59 Ashwin (323) Lillee (321) Muralitharan (303)
60 Ashwin (323) Lillee (321) Muralitharan (310)
61 Ashwin (324) Lillee (321) Muralitharan (315)
62 Ashwin (327) Lillee (325) Muralitharan (317)
63 Ashwin (336) Lillee (328) Muralitharan (325)
64 Ashwin (336) Lillee (332) Muralitharan (329)
65 Ashwin (342) Muralitharan (340) Lillee (335)
66 Muralitharan (350) Lillee, Steyn (336) Hadlee (334)
67 Muralitharan (361) Steyn (340) Hadlee, Lillee (336)
68 Muralitharan (371) Hadlee, Lillee (342) Steyn (341)
69 Muralitharan (374) Hadlee (351) Steyn (350)
70 Muralitharan (382) Steyn (356) Hadlee, Lillee (355)
71 Muralitharan (395) Steyn (361) Hadlee (358)
72 Muralitharan (404) Hadlee (363) Steyn (362)
73 Muralitharan (412) Hadlee (373) Steyn (371)
74 Muralitharan (417) Steyn (375) Hadlee (373)
75 Muralitharan (420) Steyn (383) Hadlee (378)
76 Muralitharan (430) Steyn (389) Hadlee (388)
77 Muralitharan (433) Hadlee (391) Steyn (389)
78 Muralitharan (437) Steyn (396) Hadlee (395)
79 Muralitharan (442) Steyn (399) Hadlee (396)
80 Muralitharan (450) Hadlee (403) Steyn (402)
81 Muralitharan (455) Hadlee (406) Steyn (402)
82 Muralitharan (459) Hadlee (408) Steyn (406)
83 Muralitharan (470) Hadlee (415) Steyn (408)
84 Muralitharan (478) Hadlee (419) Steyn (416)
85 Muralitharan (485) Hadlee (423) Steyn (417)
86 Muralitharan (496) Hadlee (431) Steyn (419)
87 Muralitharan (505) Steyn (421) Kumble (418)
88 Muralitharan (513) Kumble (424) Steyn (421)
89 Muralitharan (521) Kumble (430) Steyn (424)
90 Muralitharan (527) Kumble (434) McGrath (420)
91 Muralitharan (532) Kumble (438) Herath (423)
92 Muralitharan (539) Kumble (444) Herath (430)
93 Muralitharan (549) Kumble (450) Herath (433)
94-101 Muralitharan Kumble McGrath
102-126 Muralitharan Kumble Warne
127 Muralitharan (770) Warne (611) Kumble (608)
128 Muralitharan (777) Warne (623) Kumble (608)
129 Muralitharan (783) Warne (629) Kumble (613)
130 Muralitharan (786) Warne (634) Kumble (616)
131 Muralitharan (788) Warne (638) Kumble (616)
132 Muralitharan (792) Warne (645) Kumble (619)
133 Muralitharan (800) Warne (651) Anderson (522)
134-145 Warne Anderson Kallis
146-166 Kallis Waugh Tendulkar
167-168 Waugh Tendulkar Ponting
169-200 Tendulkar

References

[1] Most wkts in consec Tests from debut – Google Groups

[2] Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in 10 Tests or less (crictracker.com)

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6 Comments »

  1. Hi. How did you use Statsguru to find this? Statsguru doesn’t return a query for most wickets after n tests right? It’ll only return players who have played n tests and not more.

    Comment by coverdriving — October 7, 2017 @ 5:39 am | Reply

  2. Great effort for compiling the data, Data is required to be updated for test no 29,30 and 31 as Yasir Shah of Pakistan has over taken the great Waqar Yunis in recent series vs Aus and NZ.

    Comment by KHALIL — November 18, 2018 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, I have now updated the table. Interestingly Pakistanis now hold the top 3 spots after test 30. I also updated the lower part with Herath and Anderson appearing.

      Comment by ckrao — November 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

      • Great job thnx

        Comment by KHALIL — November 26, 2018 @ 11:11 am

      • After match 29 Yasir Shah was at 169 wkts.
        Also change stats of match 32 which is likely to finish tomorrow. (27 Nov 18)

        Comment by KHALIL — November 26, 2018 @ 8:11 pm


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