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Friday, July 8, 2011

Harbhajan Singh joins the elite 400 club

At Roseau  Indians were 8 without loss after bowling out W Indies for 204 – three days remain but rain continues to threaten the outcome of a possible result.

Less than 50 overs of play in the second day – Ishant bowled well to take another 5 for.  But for statistical reasons, it was a day to remember for the offie Harbhajan Singh.   Harbhajan Singh dislodged Darren Sammy and Baugh to become only the 11th bowler - and the third Indian - to take 400 Test wickets.

When the 3 test series commenced, Bhaji had 7 more to complete the milestone – he achieved it yesterday in his 96th test – has bowled close to 27000 deliveries.  The WI captain went out for a bat-pad catch and Carlton Baugh went for a cut, lost his stumps presenting them to Harbhajan…

The elite list has 11 cricketers with Murali topping with astonishing 800.  The top 3 are spinners – Murali, Warne and Kumble – all above 600.  there are 24 in the list of bowlers who had captured 300 wickets and more in Test cricket and only 6 amongst them are spinners.
Player
 Country
Mat
Balls
Runs
Wkts
Muthiah Muralitharan
Sri Lanka
133
44039
18180
800
Shane Warne
Australia
145
40705
17995
708
Anil Kumble
India
132
40850
18355
619
Glenn McGrath
Australia
124
29248
12186
563
Courtney Walsh
West Indies
132
30019
12688
519
Kapil Dev Nikanj
India
131
27740
12867
434
Richard Hadlee
New Zealand
86
21918
9611
431
Shaun Pollock
South Africa
108
24353
9733
421
Wasim Akram
Pakistan
104
22627
9779
414
C Ambrose
West Indies
98
22103
8501
405
Harbhajan Singh
India
96*
26981
12722
400
Makhaya Ntini
South Africa
101
20834
11242
390
Ian Botham
England
102
21815
10878
383
Malcolm Marshall
West Indies
81
17584
7876
376
Waqar Younis
Pakistan
87
16224
8788
373
Imran Khan
Pakistan
88
19458
8258
362
Dennis Lillee
Australia
70
18467
8493
355
Chaminda Vaas
Sri Lanka
111
23438
10501
355
Daniel Vetori
New Zealand
105
26860
11724
345
Alan Donald
South Africa
72
15519
7344
330
Bob Willis
England
90
17357
8190
325
Brett Lee
Australia
76
16531
9554
310
Lance Gibbs
West Indies
79
27115
8989
309
Fred Trueman
England
67
15178
6625
307



For long it was England’s Fred Trueman who had 307 scalps, Lance
Gibbs outsmarted him and ended up at 309 – for some time it was Dennis Lillee perched on top with 355, beaten by Richard Hadlee who ended up with 431.  our own Kapil Dev held the record with a while with 434 scalps before Walsh, Warne, Murali, Warne, Murali took over.  Statistics could at best be only a pointer as these wickets were obtained at various stages, on different pitches, with or without support of the close-in cardon, against different quality opponents.  Yet the numbers would remain……..

In a different context, 11 bowlers have scalped more than 300 in One dayers and that list comprises of 3 Sri Lankans, 3 Pakistanis and 2 Indians.
Player
Country
Mat
Balls
Runs
Wkts
Muthiah Muralitharan
Sri Lanka
350
18811
12326
534
Wasim Akram
Pakistan
356
18186
11812
502
Waqar Younis
Pakistan
262
12698
9919
416
Chaminda Vaas
Sri Lanka
322
15775
11014
400
Shaun Pollock
South Africa
303
15712
9631
393
Glenn McGrath
Australia
250
12970
8391
381
Brett Lee
Australia
201
10212
8028
349
Anil Kumble
India
271
14496
10412
337
Sanath Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka
445
14874
11871
323
Javagal Srinath
India
229
11935
8847
315
Shahid Afridi
Pakistan
325
14056
10782
315



Regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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