For a bowler to pick a wicket in Test cricket is like being rewarded for their perseverance throughout their enduring 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.
For a bowler to adapt to his home conditions takes a lot of practice and determination to acclimatise to the pitches in their respective country.
A bowler is likely to impress with staggering numbers on his debut at home but it takes more effort than we think to maintain consistency in picking wickets throughout their career.
Let us take you’ll to look at the top 5 bowlers who have picked the most Test wickets in their home country.
5 Bowlers With Most Test Wickets On Home Soil
5) Shane Warne (319)
How do you imagine seeing Shane Warne in a list and not talk about the ‘ball of the century’ he bowled on June 4, 1993, that not only stunned English batsman Mike Gatting but the entire cricket world then and now as well when you look at the dismissal.
On a damp pitch that had a few patches, Warne, bowling over the wicket, pitched his leg spinner way outside the leg stump and went on to hit the top of off stump. For a moment Gatting was not able to understand what had happened and it took him time to process on his wicket.
Warne claimed 708 Test wickets in his 15 years of international cricket and retired as the highest Test wicket-taker in 2002, only for Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan to break his record in the same year.