1. Muttiah Muralitharan
And on the numero uno position is the superman from Sri Lanka, Muttiah Muralitharan. He has 800 test wickets, 534 in ODI’s and 13 in T20 Internationals taking his tally to 1347 wickets in international cricket. His off spinners proved to be lethal for the opposing batsmen and his well disguised doosra foxed many. There were many chucking alligations on him but he was cleared of all charges in 1999. Not only does he hold the record for the highest number of international wickets in Tests and ODIs but also for the most no of 10-wicket hauls in a match at Test level (22) and The most 5-wicket hauls in an innings at Test level (66). He is the only player in the history of the gamer to take 10 wickets/match against every Test playing nation. He was the fastest to 400, 500, 600 and 700 Test wickets, in terms of matches played. No one has sent down more than his 43,669 deliveries in international cricket proving that in his long and illustrious career spanning 18 years, he won the trust of each and every captain he played under. He is the Only player to take 10 wickets in a Test in four consecutive matches and he has achieved this feat twice.
He and Jacques Kallis are the only bowlers to receive the most number of ‘Man of the Match’ awards in test cricket (18). For his contributions to cricket He was named as the leading player in the world by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (2006).
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