Pakistan national cricket team have produced some top-tier bowlers who went on to make waves across formats in international cricket. History tells us that fast bowlers have been immensely successful compared to spinners. When it comes to Test cricket, not many bowlers have managed to achieve success.
However, in the current era, they haven’t been able to relish the taste of success in Test cricket. Under Babar Azam’s captaincy, Pakistan failed to bring the best out of themselves. They finished fifth and seventh in the first two cycles of the ICC World Test Championship.
Case in point, so far in the history of Pakistan cricket, only three bowlers have managed to take more than 300 wickets in the longest format of the game. In this listicle, let’s now go through the names of three Pakistani bowlers who have taken the most wickets in Test cricket.
1. Wasim Akram
Pakistan’s bowling great, Wasim Akram comes first on the list as he took the most wickets for Pakistan in the longest format. He is one of the very few Pakistani to play more than 100 Tests in his career. Having played 104 Tests, he has bagged 414 wickets while also bagging 20 four-wicket-hauls, 25 fifers and 5 ten-wicket hauls. It is worth noting that he registered his best bowling figures of 11/110 in Tests.
2. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis was one of the crucial bowling weapons of Pakistan’s bowling set-up. He is the second-leading wicket-taker for the Pakistan cricket team in the longest format of the game as he has taken as many as 373 wickets. Overall, he has taken 22 fifers and 5 ten-wicket hauls in this format. He registered his personal best bowling figures of 13/135, which is really impressive.
3. Imran Khan
Imran Khan has been one of the pivotal performers for Pakistan during the heydays of his cricketing career. He was effective with the ball and bat both in Tests and ODIs. Notably, he is the third-leading wicket-taker for the Pakistani cricket team in Tests with 362 wickets. It is worth mentioning here that he has taken as many as 17 four-wicket hauls, 23 five-wicket hauls and 6 ten-wicket hauls.