Best bowling figures by a bowler in the 4th innings of a Test match

Mohit Camma / 25 July 2014

India did manage to register their 2nd win at Lord’s and it wouldn’t have been that easy if it weren’t for Ishanth Sharma’s bowling the 4th innings. Ishanth managed to pick up 7 wickets in the 4th innings to wrap the English batsmen and register a win at Lord’s. 

Here is a look at the bowlers who have the best bowling figures in the 4th innings of a Test match.

Name Overs Runs Wickets Opposition Match Date
Anil Kumble (Ind) 26.3 74 10 Pakistan Feb 4, 1999 (Delhi)
Sarfraz Nawaz (Pak) 35.4 86 9 Australia March 10, 1979 (Melbourne)
Hugh Tayfield (SA) 37.0 113 9 England Feb 15, 1957(Johannesberg)
George Lohmann (Eng) 9.4 7 8 South Africa Feb 13, 1896 (Port Elizabeth)
Glenn McGrath (Aus) 16.0 24 8 Pakistan Dec 16, 2004 (Perth)
Albert Trott (Aus) 27.0 43 8 England Jan 11, 1895 (Adelaide)
Bob Willis (Eng) 15.1 43 8 Australia Jul 16, 1981 (Leeds)
Curtly Ambrose (WI) 22.4 45 8 England Apr 5, 1980 (Bridgetown)
Muttaiah Muralitharan (SL) 16.1 46 8 West Indies Jul 22, 2005(Kandy)
Lance Klusner (SA) 21.3 64 8 India Nov 27, 1996 (Kolkata)

Ishanth Sharma with his figures of 7-74 in 23 overs is ranked 45th in the list. Whereas if we take a look at away matches of bowlers who have best bowling figures then Ishanth Sharma would be ranked 17th.

As for in this case, Anil Kumble is one the top when he picked up 10 wickets against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. This historic bowling figures by Anil Kumble is one record that will take many more years to be broken.


Stat updated till 24 July, 2014

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