3. Richard Hadlee: 61 matches
Richard Hadlee took New Zealand cricket to another level. By the time he retired from international cricket in 1990, at the age of 39, Hadlee had scripted his name in multiple pages of the record book.
As the first player to reach 400 Test wickets, Hadlee was always going to remain immortal. He, however had more to offer. He was also a hard-hitting batsman of unquestionable skill, and he is acknowledged as one of the four great all rounders of the 1980s, alongside Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev.
Richard Hadlee finished with 431 wickets from 86 tests at an average of 22.29 and strike rate of 50.8.