Fastest to 300 Wickets | Bowlers Fastest to 300 Wickets in Test Cricket

Bowlers Fastest to 300 Wickets in Test Cricket

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Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest to claim 300 Test scalps. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Test cricket has often witnessed absorbing sessions with batsmen rising against the tide before bowlers spoil their party by bowling their heart out. However, over the years, the traditional format is known for maintaining the incredibility which eventually pushed youngsters to make a wish. From Australian Dennis Lillee to the Windies Malcolm Marshall, the top ten list who are fastest to 300 wickets is solely owned by the veterans of the game.

Moreover, the list of top ten bowlers, who’re fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket includes a solitary India in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin.

The star off-spinner Ashwin tops the chart while becoming the fastest to clinch 300 scalps in the five-day format.

In the recent past, while donning the whites, Ashwin has been a regular feature for Team India who carved out a niche.

Top ten bowlers fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket:

  1. Ravichandran Ashwin 300 wickets in 54 Tests:

Team India’s premium off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has quite often broken the back of opposition. To talk about the dust bowls he has been emphatic with the ball, Ashwin further delivered a punch in the overseas conditions. However, we might not find it quite satisfying, but he had been phenomenal at home.

The Chennai-based Ashwin tops the chart of bowlers fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket. On 24th of November 2017, he bagged the record in a 54th Test match while taking on Sri Lanka National Cricket Team. Overall, Ashwin took six years and 18 days to pick 300-plus Test wickets during his Test career.

2. Dennis Lillee 300 wickets in 56 Tests:

Former Australian star bowler Dennis Lillee had bowled his heart out for the national team during his international. His consistency has allowed him to play his best part for the national team. Lillee represented Australia in 63 Tests to clinch 355 wickets at an average of 23.92. He has 23 five-wicket hauls and as many four-wicket hauls to his name.

The Perth-based Lillee is second on the list of bowlers fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket. He achieved the feat against Pakistan at Gabba in Brisbane in November 1971. He was playing his 56th Test and took ten years and 302 days to go past the tally of 300 Test wickets.

3. Muttiah Muralitharan 300 wickets in 58 Tests:

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who is the leading Test wicket-taker. The Lions legendary bowler Muralitharan had played a brilliant role in shaping up the Lankan cricket. Muralitharan further nursed the young breed of spinners in the Island Nation to contribute in his best possible way.

The veteran off-spinner Muralitharan is the third on the list of bowlers to 300 wickets in Test cricket. He achieved the landmark while playing his 58th Test fixture. To be precise, Muralitharan went past the tally of 300 Test wickets against South Africa National Cricket Team at Kingsmead in Durban in December 2000. He further took eight years and 120 days since he surpassed the 300 Test scalps.

4. Richard Hadlee 300 wickets in 61 Tests:

New Zealand National Cricket Team’s Hadlee had played a pivotal role in the bowling set-up. His contribution has further impressed the young bowlers on the Black Caps’ shores to don the coveted whites.

Overall, the Christchurch-based Hadlee featured in 86 Tests to clinch 431 wickets at an average of 22.29. He bagged 36 five-wicket hauls and 25 four-wicket haul. Furthermore, he recorded nine 10-wicket hauls during his Test career.

Hadlee is listed fourth on the list of bowlers fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket after registering the milestone in his 61st Test. He achieved the feat against Australia at Wellington on 21st of February 1986.

5. Malcolm Marshall 300 wickets in 61 Tests:

The prominent paceman of West Indies Cricket Team Malcolm Marshall proved to be a nightmare for the top-class batters. Moreover, he bagged wickets at his will. The Barbados veteran Marshall featured in 81 Tests for the Windies. He bagged 376 Test scalps at the impressive bowling average of 20.94.

Interestingly, while donning the whites, Marshall clinched 22 five-wicket hauls and 19 four-fors between 1978 and 1991.

Marshall is fifth on the coveted list of bowlers fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket. On 24th of December 1988, Marshall recorded the milestone against Australia at Melbourne. Since making his debut, Marshall took ten years and nine days to bag 300-plus Test scalps.

6.Dale Steyn 300 wickets in 61 Tests:

The No.1 bowler in the World Cup for most of the years Dale Steyn has instilled fear among the batters. The Proteas speedster had a remarkable run in the international fold which subsequently saw him bagging some record under his belt.

Styen, who’s been marred by multiple injuries, but his adamant approach hasn’t let him down throughout his career.

Steyn took 61 matches to claim 300 Test scalps. He recorded the feat against New Zealand at Cape Town on January 23, 2013. The passionate cricketer Styen has often reaped the rewards for steaming in to yield the results at his will.

7. Shane Warne 300 wickets in 63 Tests:

Shane Warne has been incredible with the ball during his heydays. He literally made life miserable of the distinct batsmen.

8. Allan Donald 300 wickets in 63 Tests:

His accuracy and very experienced knew South African veteran Allan Donald in stemming the run-flow.

9. Glenn McGrath 300 wickets in 64 Tests:

Australian veteran Glenn McGrath is ninth on the list with 300 scalps in 64 Tests. He has often backed himself before instilling knowledge among the youngsters.

10. Fred Trueman 300 wickets in 65 Tests:

England’s Fred Truman had achieved the milestone when he bagged the 300th test wicket at the Oval against Australia. However, it took him 65 Tests to achieve the feat.

Here’s the table of bowlers fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket:

Serial No. Player Opposition Ground Match Date Debut Time Matches
1 R Ashwin (INDIA) v Sri Lanka Nagpur 24 Nov 2017 6 Nov 2011 6y 18d 54
2 DK Lillee (AUS) v Pakistan Brisbane 27 Nov 1981 29 Jan 1971 10y 302d 56
3 M Muralitharan (SL) v South Africa Durban 26 Dec 2000 28 Aug 1992 8y 120d 58
4 RJ Hadlee (NZ) v Australia Wellington 21 Feb 1986 2 Feb 1973 13y 19d 61
5 MD Marshall (WI) v Australia Melbourne 24 Dec 1988 15 Dec 1978 10y 9d 61
6 DW Steyn (SA) v New Zealand Cape Town 2 Jan 2013 17 Dec 2004 8y 16d 61
7 SK Warne (AUS) v South Africa Sydney 2 Jan 1998 2 Jan 1992 6y 0d 63
8 AA Donald (SA) v New Zealand Bloemfontein 17 Nov 2000 18 Apr 1992 8y 213d 63
9 GD McGrath (AUS) v West Indies Perth 1 Dec 2000 12 Nov 1993 7y 19d 64
10 FS Trueman (ENG) v Australia The Oval 13 Aug 1964 5 Jun 1952 12y 69d 65
11 Waqar Younis (PAK) v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 14 Jun 2000 15 Nov 1989 10y 212d 65
12 A Kumble (INDIA) v England Bengaluru 19 Dec 2001 9 Aug 1990 11y 132d 66
13 Imran Khan (PAK) v England Leeds 2 Jul 1987 3 Jun 1971 16y 29d 68
14 MG Johnson (AUS) v England Birmingham 29 Jul 2015 8 Nov 2007 7y 263d 69
15 HMRKB Herath (SL) v England Chester-le-Street 27 May 2016 22 Sep 1999 16y 248d 69
16 Wasim Akram (PAK) v England The Oval 22 Aug 1996 25 Jan 1985 11y 210d 70
17 CEL Ambrose (WI) v Sri Lanka St John’s 13 Jun 1997 2 Apr 1988 9y 72d 71
18 IT Botham (ENG) v West Indies The Oval 9 Aug 1984 28 Jul 1977 7y 12d 72
19 Harbhajan Singh (INDIA) v Australia Nagpur 6 Nov 2008 25 Mar 1998 10y 226d 72
20 B Lee (AUS) v New Zealand Brisbane 20 Nov 2008 26 Dec 1999 8y 330d 73
21 SM Pollock (SA) v England The Oval 4 Sep 2003 16 Nov 1995 7y 292d 74
22 M Ntini (SA) v Pakistan Port Elizabeth 19 Jan 2007 19 Mar 1998 8y 306d 74
23 LR Gibbs (WI) v Australia Perth 12 Dec 1975 5 Feb 1958 17y 310d 75
24 NM Lyon (AUS) v South Africa Cape Town 22 Mar 2018 31 Aug 2011 6y 203d 77
25 CA Walsh (WI) v England The Oval 24 Aug 1995 9 Nov 1984 10y 288d 80
26 RGD Willis (ENG) v New Zealand Leeds 28 Jul 1983 9 Jan 1971 12y 200d 81
27 JM Anderson (ENG) v New Zealand Lord’s 16 May 2013 22 May 2003 9y 359d 81
28 N Kapil Dev (INDIA) v Sri Lanka Cuttack 4 Jan 1987 16 Oct 1978 8y 80d 83
29 SCJ Broad (ENG) v Australia Nottingham 6 Aug 2015 9 Dec 2007 7y 240d 83
30 M Morkel (SA) v Australia Cape Town 22 Mar 2018 26 Dec 2006 11y 86d 85
31 Z Khan (INDIA) v South Africa Johannesburg 18 Dec 2013 10 Nov 2000 13y 38d 89
32 WPUJC Vaas (SL) v India Delhi 10 Dec 2005 26 Aug 1994 11y 106d 90

 *The stats for fastest to 300 wickets in Test cricket was updated on May 8, 2019

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