The Test cricket brings out the best in a player and his ability to perform upto the task for the whole 5 days. The test career of any cricketer will be the proudest thing in their life and will be something that they will always remember. Picking wickets up in itself is a hard task in Test cricket. However, we have a list of players who have taken the least number of matches to pick 400 wickets in test matches.
Sir Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose was one of the most feared bowlers of all time. He was full of aggression in any situation in the game and was lethal with his pace, strength and accuracy. He often refused to talk in interviews but believed in speaking with the ball in hand. He took just 97 test matches to pick 400 wickets up and is still one of the best fast bowlers the world has ever seen.
The work horse form South Africa, Shaun Pollock was a quality cricketer. He could bat, bowl and field exceptionally well. One of his greatest traits is his consistency with line and length with the ball in hand. He has picked 400 wickets in his test match career in just 104 matches and is still seen as a great example of a hard working player.
The quickie from England, Anderson has been the strike bowler for England for a long time now. He is arguably the best test bowler on show in the present day. His accuracy has often rewarded him and he is now the highest wicket taker for England in tests. He can move the ball both ways and can also make the old ball reverse. Anderson picked his 400th wicket up in his 107th match and finds the 3rd spot in the list.
With a career spanning over 16 years, Walsh, who was a premier fast bowler for the West Indian team in his prime, was unplayable a times. With sheer pace and accuracy to add to it, Walsh made sure that the batsman was never settled in and put pressure on even the best batsmen. He is known for his opening bowling partnership with Ambrose, who was equally effective. Walsh took 107 games to reach the 400 wicket figure and is 4th in the list.
The World Cup winning Indian Captain is one of the best examples of how a leader must lead his group from front. Kapil Dev led a mediocre Indian team to a World Cup triumph in 1983. He was a great bowler with immaculate lines and lengths. He was one of the best all rounders in world cricket at his time. He picked his 400th test wicket in his 115th match and has ever since given his valuable words of experience to youngsters all around the nation.
The list doesn’t feature any spinners, whereas most spinners occupy a spot when talked about bowlers with most Test wickets.