Test cricket is the oldest format of the game and the name itself suggests testing a player’s patience in all aspects of batting, bowling and fielding.
Where batters have to be more cautious in their batting stance to stay long at the crease, the bowlers have to give their every ounce to pick a wicket.
The success of a bowler in the red-ball format is determined by the number of wickets he grabs, irrespective of the runs he leaks. Unlike in limited-overs, where a bowler with a superior economy rate gets considered as best.
A bowler who picks five wickets registers a five-for, which is a big achievement for him and helps to boost his inner confidence. Australia’s Billy Midwinter was the first bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in Tests or one can say in international cricket.
Midwinter took 5/78 against England in what was the first-ever Test match played in international cricket in 1877. Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who holds the record of most Test wickets (800), has achieved the milestone a total of 67 times with the red ball.
To achieve Muralitharan’s record or surpass him is an arduous task but as it is said that “Rome was never built in a day”, so in that sense, only time will tell us whether the Sri Lankan bowler’s record gets leapfrogged or it remains intact for eternity.
For now, let us take you’ll to the current lot of international bowlers who have amassed the most five-wicket hauls in their Test career. So we at CricketAddictor bring you the top 5 active bowlers with the most five-fors in Test cricket.
5 Active Bowlers With Most Five-Wicket Hauls In Test Cricket
5) Shakib Al Hasan (18-Bangladesh)
Bangladesh’s iconic player has been influential in the nation’s cricket history and will end up as one of the greatest all-rounders not only from his nation but in the world cricket itself.
The former Bangladesh skipper has accounted for a total of 215 Test scalps with the help of 18 five-fors in his 14 years alliance with the traditional format. His best figures of 7/36 came up against New Zealand in 2007 in Chattogram.