The tour of Bangladesh is really proving fruitful for India’s veteran off spinner Harbhajan Singh who has today surpassed Pakistani pace bowling legend Wasim Akram’s record during the one-off Test against Bangladesh. As soon as he dismissed Imrul Kayes, stumped by Wriddhiman Saha for his 415th Test wicket on the 5th and final day at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, he became 9th in the list of top ten highest wicket takers in tests. It is interesting to note that only yesterday he had seen his name included in the list when he took the wicket of Mominul Haque.
But it is the wicket of Imrul Kayes taken by him today that pushed him past Akram and into the 9th position in the all-time Test wicket-takers list. The list is led by Sri Lanka’s spin great Muttaiah Muralitharan with 800 victims. Harbhajan, who has got a chance to play Test after a gap of more than 2 years, now has 415 wickets to his credit in 102 Tests.
A senior cricketer of Team India who represents Mumbai Indians in IPL Harbhajan made his Test debut in 1998 against Australia in Bangalore. Apart from 102 tests, he has also played 229 ODIs and 25 T20Is.
Most wickets in Test cricket (Top 10) 1. Muttaiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) – 800 (133 matches) 2. Shane Warne (Australia) – 708 (145) 3. Anil Kumble (India) – 619 (132) 4. Glenn McGrath (Australia) – 563 (124) 5. Courtney Walsh (West Indies) – 519 (132) 6. Kapil Dev (India) – 434 (131) 7. Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) – 431 (86) 8. Shaun Pollock (South Africa) – 421 (108) 9. Harbhajan Singh (India) – 415 (102) 10. Wasim Akram – 414 (104)