Test Cricket is all about temperament class and resilience or in short we can say this format of the game is all about the ‘Test Specialists’. Whether it is the bowling, batting or even the wicket-keeping department, we can see the specialists showing off their skills in this longer format of the game.
As the T20 cricket has become more exclusive, the young lads have sharpened their skills for this format of the game. The reason behind T20 success and more of the young stars going out for it is the glitzing factor and more of the entertainment in less time. Same goes for the spectators, who prefer watching T20 or ODI cricket as it is full of happenings, either fours or sixes or wickets. On the other hand, Test cricket is calm at times and moves on slow and steady. Even so much working in shorter format’s way one can’t deny the class Test cricket brings in. It will be relevant to mention here that, years back it was the highest honor for some cricketer to get a Test cap as T20 cricket-craze wasn’t there very much.
This article is about Most Wickets in Tests 2017, and we can see specifically the dominance of the Test specialists in this list. With the things changing around, many of the top teams have retained separate playing XI’s or specialist players in their Test squads, to make sure the cricketer remains more concentrated about this prestigious format of the game. There are dozens of examples to back the aforementioned statement; Hearth, Yasir Shah, Jimmy Anderson are some of the prominent examples out of many. All of them have done little or not even that in shorter formats of the game but when it comes to Test cricket, they are the real winners for their teams.
In the list Most Wickets in Test 2017, we can see many of Test specialist bowlers making it up on the list. The other noticeable thing is the dominance of spinners in this list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket this year. Previously, the Test cricket bowling revolved around the legendary spinners like Shane Warne and now we can see the spinners like Ashwin, Jadeja, Hearth, Yasir Shah, and Lyon taking things in their hands. All of these aforementioned spinners are somehow the Test specialists and have become more exclusive to this format of the game.
The list of Most Wickets in 2017 has South African promising fast bowler on the top with taking 54 wickets from 10 matches this year. But things happening around suggest soon a change taking place at top of the list as Sri Lanka vs India Test series is heading up. The three-match Test series will be kicking off from 16th November and it seems that anyone from Hearth, Ashwin or Jadeja can race up to the top with leaving behind Rabada.
Herath vs Ashwin vs Jadeja
Right now, Sri Lankan veteran Test spinner, Rangana Herath is in the second slot on the list of Most Wickets in Test 2017 by taking 51 wickets from 9 matches. It will be relevant to mention here that Herath played a pivotal role in making it 2-0 against Pakistan for Sri Lanka. His rapid-turning spin deliveries turned out a real headache for the unreliable Pakistani batting line-up.
The duo of Ashwin and Jadeja can also end up this year as the highest wicket-taker in Tests this year as both of them are 4th on the list of Most Wickets in Test 2017 with taking 44 wickets each. Jadeja and Ashwin will be trying to make most of the Test series against Sri Lanka as this is something they can do right now as their places in shorter formats of the game are taken by Chahal and Yadav.
Most Wickets in Tests 2017 (Full List)
|K Rabada (SA)||10||18||346.5||73||1132||54||6/55||10/63||20.96||3.26||38.5||3||2|
|HMRKB Herath (SL)||9||16||418.1||65||1317||51||6/43||11/136||25.82||3.14||49.1||5||2|
|NM Lyon (AUS)||7||13||360.1||62||1010||46||8/50||13/154||21.95||2.80||46.9||5||1|
|RA Jadeja (INDIA)||7||14||391.3||95||986||44||6/63||9/178||22.40||2.51||53.3||3||0|
|R Ashwin (INDIA)||8||16||430.2||95||1186||44||6/41||8/125||26.95||2.75||58.6||2||0|
|KA Maharaj (SA)||10||18||353.2||71||1065||43||6/40||8/87||24.76||3.01||49.3||2||0|
|Yasir Shah (PAK)||6||12||394.1||69||1242||43||7/94||9/177||28.88||3.15||55.0||5||0|
|JM Anderson (ENG)||7||14||236.3||72||550||39||7/42||9/73||14.10||2.32||36.3||3||0|
|M Morkel (SA)||8||14||272.3||59||865||34||4/41||7/179||25.44||3.17||48.0||0||0|
|MM Ali (ENG)||7||14||192.0||36||639||30||6/53||10/112||21.30||3.32||38.4||2||1|
|Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH)||7||14||304.0||45||968||29||5/68||10/153||33.37||3.18||62.8||2||1|
|ST Gabriel (WI)||7*||14||236.3||51||698||26||5/11||9/92||26.84||2.95||54.5||1||0|
|UT Yadav (INDIA)||8||16||223.1||39||730||26||4/32||6/71||28.07||3.27||51.5||0||0|
|MDK Perera (SL)||8||14||343.0||35||1147||26||5/98||8/170||44.11||3.34||79.1||1||0|
|SNJ O’Keefe (AUS)||6||11||261.3||49||673||25||6/35||12/70||26.92||2.57||62.7||2||1|
|D Bishoo (WI)||7*||12||248.2||38||784||24||5/79||9/184||32.66||3.15||62.0||1||0|
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz (BDESH)||8||15||359.4||32||1298||24||4/113||6/190||54.08||3.60||89.9||0||0|
|Mohammad Abbas (PAK)||5||10||201.5||47||491||23||5/46||6/77||21.34||2.43||52.6||1||0|
|VD Philander (SA)||8||14||217.0||57||575||23||4/27||7/75||25.00||2.64||56.6||0||0|
|N Wagner (NZ)||5||10||207.2||35||661||22||4/151||6/188||30.04||3.18||56.5||0||0|
|JO Holder (WI)||8*||15||264.4||69||653||20||4/54||6/65||32.65||2.46||79.4||0||0|
|SCJ Broad (ENG)||7||14||227.1||59||678||20||3/34||5/81||33.90||2.98||68.1||0||0|
|KAJ Roach (WI)||5*||9||151.0||45||443||19||5/72||5/58||23.31||2.93||47.6||1||0|
|CBRLS Kumara (SL)||6||10||179.0||14||805||19||6/122||7/184||42.36||4.49||56.5||1||0|
|AG Cremer (ZIM)||3*||5||197.2||26||614||18||5/125||9/275||34.11||3.11||65.7||1||0|
|TS Roland-Jones (ENG)||4||8||89.2||23||334||17||5/57||8/129||19.64||3.73||31.5||1||0|
|D Olivier (SA)||5||10||101.0||19||393||17||3/38||5/57||23.11||3.89||35.6||0||0|
|TA Boult (NZ)||3||6||136.3||31||421||17||4/64||7/139||24.76||3.08||48.1||0||0|
|JR Hazlewood (AUS)||6||11||184.0||51||421||16||6/67||7/84||26.31||2.28||69.0||1||0|
|BA Stokes (ENG)||7||13||156.3||34||501||16||6/22||6/63||31.31||3.20||58.6||1||0|
|Mustafizur Rahman (BDESH)||6||11||175.5||31||582||16||4/84||5/100||36.37||3.30||65.9||0||0|
|RL Chase (WI)||8*||12||174.4||20||652||16||4/103||5/134||40.75||3.73||65.5||0||0|
|RAS Lakmal (SL)||7||13||211.2||36||625||15||4/69||6/162||41.66||2.95||84.5||0||0|
|PJ Cummins (AUS)||4||7||140.0||32||416||14||4/106||4/101||29.71||2.97||60.0||0||0|
|TG Southee (NZ)||3||6||121.2||28||449||14||5/94||8/142||32.07||3.70||52.0||1||0|
|Mohammad Amir (PAK)||6||10||211.3||64||474||14||6/44||7/64||33.85||2.24||90.6||1||0|
|N Pradeep (SL)||6||10||161.5||24||551||13||6/132||6/195||42.38||3.40||74.6||1||0|
|Wahab Riaz (PAK)||3||6||99.0||16||315||11||4/41||5/103||28.63||3.18||54.0||0||0|
|PADLR Sandakan (SL)||4||7||141.3||19||506||11||5/132||5/132||46.00||3.57||77.1||1||0|
|Taijul Islam (BDESH)||5||9||160.5||14||604||11||3/60||4/92||54.90||3.75||87.7||0||0|
|Mohammed Shami (INDIA)||3||6||60.5||13||177||10||3/32||5/49||17.70||2.90||36.5||0||0|
|SC Williams (ZIM)||2||4||114.5||17||319||10||3/20||6/111||31.90||2.77||68.9||0||0|
|AS Joseph (WI)||4||7||129.0||30||393||10||3/53||4/77||39.30||3.04||77.4||0||0|
|Kuldeep Yadav (INDIA)||2||4||58.0||9||187||9||4/40||5/96||20.77||3.22||38.6||0||0|
|Subashis Roy (BDESH)||4||7||124.5||19||465||9||3/118||3/118||51.66||3.72||83.2||0||0|
|WD Parnell (SA)||2||4||33.1||4||156||8||4/51||6/89||19.50||4.70||24.8||0||0|
|CH Morris (SA)||2||4||42.5||5||206||8||3/38||5/45||25.75||4.80||32.1||0||0|