Test: Spinners with 500-plus wickets in Test cricket

Explore the exceptional world of Test cricket’s top spin bowlers who have taken 500 or more wickets. From iconic players like Muthiah Muralidaran and Shane Warne to contemporary stars like Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin, come along as we journey through their remarkable careers and the significant milestones they’ve achieved in cricket.

Top 5 Spinners with 500-plus wickets in Test cricket

SpinnerTotal WicketsMatches Played
Muthiah Muralidaran800133
Shane Warne708145
Anil Kumble619132
Nathan Lyon517105
Ravichandran Ashwin50098

5. Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin is the latest spinner to join the 500-wicket club in Test cricket. He recently achieved this milestone, becoming the second Indian bowler after Anil Kumble to do so. Ashwin boasts impressive numbers against England, with 98 wickets to his name. He is on the verge of reaching another milestone of 100 wickets in India-England Tests. Overall, Ashwin has taken 34 fifers in Tests at an average of 23.92.

4. Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon, the veteran off-spinner from Australia, has recently crossed the 500-wicket mark in Test cricket. He achieved this milestone in his 123rd Test match against Pakistan. Lyon has 517 Test wickets to his name, with an average of 30.73. He has also set a record by becoming the first spinner to play 100 consecutive Test matches.

3. Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble was India’s first bowler to surpass 500 Test wickets. He achieved this feat in his 105th Test match against England in 2006. Kumble retired with 619 Test wickets, making him the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. He also holds the record for the most fifers by an Indian bowler, with 35 in total, and has claimed 350 wickets on Indian soil.

2. Shane Warne

Shane Warne, an Australian cricketing great, claimed 708 Test wickets in his career. He reached the 500-wicket milestone in just 108 matches, playing a total of 145 Tests. Warne’s average was an impressive 25.41, and he managed 37 fifers and 10 ten-wicket match hauls.

1. Muthiah Muralidaran

Muthiah Muralidaran tops the list with 800 wickets in Test cricket. He played 133 matches and achieved this remarkable feat with an average of 22.72. Muralidaran also holds the record for the most fifers in Tests, with 67 to his name, along with 22 ten-wicket match hauls.

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