Joining the elite club of 500 wickets in Test cricket is not the easiest task and particularly in the modern era where the players are prone to injury on consistent basis. You need to have a prolonged career to achieve that feat along with of course consistency. Only Mutthiah Muralidharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn Mcgrath and Courtney Walsh were able to achieve that feat. Out of those five, three of them were spinners which suggest that how difficult task it is for the faster bowlers to achieve. We bring you the list of 5 potential bowlers who can break the 400 wicket barrier in future.
We look at the possible 5 players who can claim 500 wickets in the modern era:
5. Ravichandran Ashwin:
Ravichandran Ashwin from India made his Test debut against the West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in 2011. In his debut series against West Indies Ashwin managed to win the Man of the series award for his performances with both bat and ball. This performance earned his place for the tour of Australia. However the tour of Australia wasn’t a successful one as he managed to take just 9 wickets in the three matches he played at an average of 62.77. His Major success for India came at home as Ashwin struggled overseas which doesn’t offer him much assistance. He showed signs of improvement in the recent away Test series of Australia. Ashwin has taken 124 scalps in the 24 matches he played at an average of 30.67. He also claimed Ten 5 wicket hauls and two 10 wicket hauls in his Test career so far.
He was also the fastest Indian to get to 100 Test wickets. Being a permanent member of the squad and performing with great consistency in every match Ashwin has the ability to join the elite club of 500 wickets which is quite far away at this moment.
4. Stuart Broad:
Stuart Broad from England made his Test debut against SriLanka in 2007. His performances from the ODI series earned him the place in the Test squad. However, things didn’t go according to his plan as he claimed just one wicket for 95 runs and the match ended in a draw. Yet, Broad managed to keep his place in the national side and his first good performance in Test matches came against New Zealand by picking up 3 wickets for 54 runs which led England to victory. His best performance came against the Aussies in the 2009 Ashes series. In the fifth and the final Test Broad bowled a splendid spell and claimed 5 wickets for 37 runs with later contribution from the bat ensured victory for England and he earned the Man of the Match award. England then went on to regain the ashes with a series victory of 2-1. Broad has managed to pick 287 wickets from 79 Test matches at a decent average of 29.77.
With 28 years of age and performing with utmost consistency he is capable of joining the elite club of 500 wickets.
3. Harbhajan Singh:
Harbhajan Singh from India is a right arm off break bowler who made his debut against Australia in 1998 at chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore. His major breakthrough came against Australia in the famous Test series in 2001. Harbhajan took 32 Australian wickets in the 3 Test match series, as India went on to win the series 2-1 with the heroics of other Indian players like VVS laxman and Rahul dravid along with Punjab player.
That bowling performance from Harbhajan earned his place in the national side and later he went on to become one of the successful spinners for India. He along with kumble possessed a deadly combination of spin attack which brought key success to India in Test matches overseas. During the England tour of 2011 Harbhajan was left out due to an injury after the first Test match and was unable to make a comeback as Ashwin grabbed his place. In the recent one off Test match Harbhajan was recalled to the national side and claimed 3 wickets. In the 102 Test matches he has 416 scalps at an average of 32.32. If he managed to keep his place in the national side with good performances with consistency joining the 500 wicket club is not a tougher task for him as he is almost there.
2. James Anderson:
James Anderson from England made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in Lords. He created immediate impact by claiming his first 5 wicket haul on debut becoming the 42nd Englishman to do so. Andeson’s major success on consistent basis began from 2008 during the New Zealand Test series at home. He ended up picking 19 wickets at an average 19.31 against the visitors and England won the series 2-0. In the second Test match Anderson ended up with career best figures of 7/43. Recently during the tour of West Indies Anderson became the leading wicket taker for England in Tests by surpassing the record of Sir Ian Botham’s tally of 383. Weeks back he joined the 400 wicket club against New Zealand by dismissing Martin Guptill and with that he is the only English cricketer to join the 400 wicket club. With being supremely fit and less prone to injury James Anderson is in the right path to achieve the milestone of 500 wickets in the near future.
1. Dale Steyn:
Dale steyn is by far the best Test bowler in the world and he has been at the top for quite sometime. He made his debut against England in 2004. His performance against England was not a successful one as he claimed eight wickets at an average of 52. Steyn later found success against the New Zealanders in the Home series in 2005 at centurion by claiming his first 5 wicket haul. Steyn has taken 396 Test wickets in the 78 Test matches he played with an highly impressive average of 22.55. He has 25 five wicket hauls and 5 ten wicket hauls to his name. He has been a successful bowler for the Proteas over the years and has performed all over the world which contributed to South Africa’s success. Steyn is into the thirties and still has some time left in his career to achieve that milestone of breaking in to the 500 wicket club. Throughout his career he has never been injury prone and has stayed physically fit. Taking 500 wickets doesn’t seem to be far away from his sight as he possess such quality in any wicket he plays.