Top 10 Best bowling figures in test cricket

Cricket is not only one of the most popular sports in India, but it is also one of the most-watched sports worldwide. There are also several unbreakable cricket records that have already earned their place in sports history. It’s time to learn about all of the top bowling stats in test cricket history.

Here is the list of Best bowling figures in test cricket

10) Muttiah Muralitharan – 9/65:


Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan is a former professional cricketer for Sri Lanka, businessman, and member of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Hall of Fame. Muttiah Muralitharan is largely recognized as the most successful bowler in international cricket, averaging almost six wickets per Test match.

Muralitharan is one of only two bowlers with two fantastic bowling spells who deserve to be included in this list of the top ten finest test bowling stats in history.

1998 :

On August 27, 1998, at the Oval during England vs Sri Lanka, he grabbed 9 wickets in a test match against England while England batted. He bowled 54.2 overs, with 27 of them being maidens. Muralitharan allowed just 65 runs in that innings, with a bowling economy of 1.19.

This is his second-best bowling figure in test cricket.

9) Devon Malcolm – 9/57:


Devon Malcolm used to play cricket for the England cricket team. Malcolm, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, appeared in 40 Test cricket matches.

Former English pacer and one of the finest all-time fast bowlers. His playing style was also known for his apparent carelessness with the ball, his tremendous throwing arm but weak catching abilities as a fielder, and his general lack of bat talent.

1994- The Match:

In addition, he had the ninth-best bowling figures in test cricket in a match against South Africa.

On August 18, 1994, he performed that marvel at the Oval. During the game, he grabbed nine wickets while allowing only 57 runs. Malcolm bowled 16.3 overs, including two maiden overs.

England won the match due to their heroics of Malcolm.

8) Abdul Qadir – 9/56:

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Abdul Qadir Khan was a Pakistani international cricketer who bowled leg-spin. Qadir is widely considered as one of the top leg spinners of the 1970s and 1980s (together with Bhagwat Chandrasekhar) and served as an inspiration to aspiring leg spinners.

Entering History books:

Abdul Qadir, a former Pakistani bowling magician, has the eighth greatest bowling stats in test match history. At Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the googly Master got nine wickets against England.

He bowled 37 overs in that match, allowing only 56 runs. Abdul had 13 maiden overs and an economy rate of 1.51. That game took place on November 25, 1987.

7) Richard Hadlee – 9/52:

Sir Richard John Hadlee is a former New Zealand cricketer. Hadlee is largely recognized as one of cricket’s greatest all-rounders, as well as one of the game’s best fast bowlers.

Hadlee was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on April 3, 2009. He is the most well-known member of the Hadlee cricketing family.

His best bowling figures in test cricket:

Sir Richard Hadlee, one of the finest all-rounders in cricket history, recorded his best bowling stats against Australia on November 8, 1985. Hadlee got 9 wickets for 52 runs, which is still the 7th highest number in the format’s history.

He bowled 23.4 overs that day, allowing only 52 runs. He took four maiden overs at a 2.19 economy rate. That day, the Brisbane spectators watched a fantastic contest.

6) Muttiah Muralitharan – 9/51:

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan unsucessfully appeals for a dismissal against unseen Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim during the fifth and final day’s play of the first Test match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on December 31, 2008. Sri Lanka won by 107 runs. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP via Getty Images)

As said before, Muralitharan is one of the two players to appear twice in the list of bowlers with the best bowling figures in test cricket. He went on to pick 9 wickets twice in test match but missed the big milestone by a thin margin.

His best bowling figures in test cricket:

The Sri Lankan bowling hero holds the world record for most Test and ODI wickets. In addition, on June 4, 2002, he grabbed 9 wickets against Zimbabwe. During that match, he bowled 40 overs, 19 of which were maidens.

Muralitharan bowled 51 balls for 51 runs with an economy rate of 1.27. That day, the Kandy crowd watched a spectacular bowling performance.

5) Jim laker – 9/37:

Best bowling figures in test cricket

James Charles Laker was an English professional cricketer who represented England in 46 Test matches while playing for Surrey County Cricket Club from 1946 to 1959. He was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire town of Shipley and died in Wimbledon, London.

Laker, a right-arm off-break bowler, is widely recognized as one of the best spin bowlers in cricket history.

Best bowling figures in the first innings:

Jim Laker, a former English off-spinner, got 9 Australian wickets for 37 runs. He performed the miracle on July 26, 1956, in Manchester, and it ranks fourth on the list of the finest bowling statistics in Test cricket history.

Laker bowled 16.4 overs that day, including four maiden overs. During that game, he had a fantastic economic rate of 2.22.

4) George Lohmann – 9/28:


George Lohmann was an English cricketer who was widely considered as one of the best bowlers of all time.

His Best bowling figures:

George Lohmann got 9 South Africa wickets in Johannesburg on March 2, 1896. As a result, he has the 4th greatest bowling stats in Test cricket history. He grabbed those wickets in 14.2 overs, despite the fact that they needed to bowl 5 balls each over at the time.

He just gave up 28 runs in six maiden overs that day. During that game, Lohman had a fantastic economic rate of 2.33.

3) Ajaz Patel – 10/119:

Ajaz Patel, a left-arm orthodox Kiwi spinner of Indian heritage, performed a ground miracle against India on December 3, 2021. That match was held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, and New Zealand put on an outstanding effort led by Patel.

With an economy rate of of 2.48, he claimed all ten Indian wickets in just 47.5 overs. He only allowed 119 runs in 12 maiden overs while destroying the Indian team.

This was his best bowling figure in a test match.

2) Anil Kumble – 10/74:

Anil Kumble, one of the finest spin bowlers in Test match history, deserves to be included on this list. He is the only second bowler in test match history to take all ten wickets in an innings.

On February 4, 1999, Anil Kumble achieved this milestone during one of the biggest sporting rivalries against Pakistan. He grabbed all the wickets in just 26.3 overs, with 9 of them being maidens. In Delhi that day, Kumble gave up 74 runs with an economy of 2.79.

Anil kumble recorded the best bowling figure by anyone from the Indian cricket team.

1) Jim laker – 10/53:Best bowling figures in test cricket


The list’s leader, Jim Laker, holds the global record for the greatest bowling stats in test cricket history. Former English spinner grabbed all ten wickets in the match against Australia in Manchester.

On July 26, 1956, he single-handedly destroyed Australia’s innings. He bowled 51.2 overs, with 23 of them being maidens. Laker gave up 53 runs on the day, with an economy of 1.03.

This was his best bowling figure which came out in the same match but in the second innings as mentioned above.

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