For a bowler to pick a wicket in Test cricket is like being rewarded for their perseverance throughout their spells. Even for the most skilful and decorated bowler it t takes a lot of patience and hard work to get one wicket despite the fielding position being way more aggressive than we see in the white-ball formats.
Yet bowlers give out their every ounce of sweat and enthusiasm to get the best results for their team and many end up picking five-fors or more than it.
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the most successful bowler in the oldest format with 800 Test scalps with the help of 67 five-wicket hauls. Since the spin magician retired in 2010, record pages have been re-written, in fact, some of his own records have been broken.
For a bowler who has grown up bowling in the sub-continent, where the spinners get the larger piece of the pie, it becomes painstaking for him to adapt to foreign pitches like those in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia (SENA) countries.
Let us take you’ll to look at the top 5 Asian bowlers who have picked the most Test wickets in SENA countries since the year 2011.
5 Asian Bowlers with most Test wickets in SENA countries since 2011
5) Rangana Herath (54)
Herath is one of the best spinners Sri Lanka produced after Muralitharan. In his early days, the Kurunegala-born bowler played under the shadow of the veteran spinner.
Herath is the most prolific left-arm spinner in the world with 433 Test wickets to his name and led Sri Lanka’s attack post-Murali-era until his own retirement in 2018.
The left-arm spinner has 57 Test wickets in SENA nations, out of which 54 were picked since 2011. Herath’s best performance came against South Africa in the Durban Test of Sri Lanka’s 2011/12 tour. The bowler registered 5/79 as Sri Lanka won by 208 runs and levelled the series at 1-1.