International test cricket may be a step too far for some, but others find it within their comfort zone. “From our broadcasting box you can’t see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity.” once said the great Richie Benaud. Conditions play a huge role, but the likes of Ravi Ashwin, Mitchell Starc or Dale Steyn overcame them. They fought hard and took their skills to new heights and claimed many wickets.
They test batsmen from around the world with pace, swing and guile. Making an impression early is no easy task at all. Even some of the greats of the game didn’t hit the ground running either. However, our primary focus is now on the ones who shone through their initial part of the career. They reaped rich rewards, none better than their best for their country. Here’s a look at the fastest individuals to 100 test wickets from each Test-playing nation.
Mohammed Rafique ( Bangladesh) – 33 tests
Bangladesh spinner, Mohammed Rafique has had an exceptional career in Test cricket with 100 wickets from 33 tests. Rafique was by far the best bowler in Bangladesh cricket over its development years. He has excelled time and again in a side which actually didn’t posses enough quality to win games. But the man from Dhaka played his heart out for his country. He might actually be responsible for some of Bangladesh’s famous wins in tests and the ODIs. Rafique was also the first Bangladeshi to get 50 wickets in Tests before reaching his landmark of 100 test wickets.