Spinners are a very important part of test cricket as most of the wickets are taken by spinners in test cricket. Subcontinent conditions are perfect for spinners and that is the main reason why every team plays with a spinner in subcontinent test matches. Most of the famous and successful spinners also came from subcontinent countries. So, in this article, we will see the top 5 spinners with the most number of wickets in tests.
#5 Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath is the most underrated bowler on this list. The former Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath is at No.5 on our list. He is retired now but he was a great wicket-taking bowler. Herath has 433 international test wickets in his career.
#4 Ravichandran Ashwin
Another subcontinent spinner Ravichandran Ashwin of India is at No.4 on our list. Ashwin is India’s greatest wicket-taker. Ashwin is also probably the best Test spinner in the world right now. Ashwin has surpassed Indian legend Kapil Dev in a total number of wickets in test cricket. Ashwin has 436* test wickets now and it will not stop here as he is still playing.
#3 Anil Kumble
Another Indian spinner and a legend of test cricket z Anil Kumble was India’s greatest wicket-taker in the 90s and early 2000s. Kumble was very dangerous in-home conditions and no batsmen wanted to face him in his prime. Kumble was also the first Indian and third in the world who took 10 wickets in a single inning of a test match. Kumble has 619 test wickets in his career and he is the third-highest wicket-taker in tests as a spinner.
#2 Shane Warne
Right arm leg spinner of Australia Shane Warne was one of the most successful and dangerous bowlers of his time. Warner is no more between us but we all remembered him as one of the greatest to turn a cricket ball. Warne deserves a great appreciation to appear in this list as he was from Australia where conditions are not favourable for the spinners but Warne proved everyone wrong and he became one of the best. Warne has 708 test wickets in his career.
#1 Muttiah Muralitharan
Sri Lankan legend and the best spinner ever to play the game of cricket was none other than the wizard himself Muttiah Muralitharan. Muralitharan achieved great success in test cricket. He is the second Sri Lankan and fourth subcontinent bowler to appear on our list. He has 800 test wickets in his career which is huge and this will also be one of the hardest cricket records to break.