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Swann is only the fifth off-spinner to claim 200 Test wickets

November 24, 2012 17:54 IST

Graeme Swann completed 200 wickets in Test cricket on Saturday when he trapped Harbhajan Singh LBW. Swann Graeme Swannbecame the 14th Englishman and 60th bowler overall to accomplish this feat.

Incidentally, Swann is only the fifth off-spinner to take 200 wickets in Test cricket, after Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Harbhajan Singh (406), Lance Gibbs (309) and Saqlain Mushtaq (208).

Swann is also the second quickest to claim 200 wickets in terms of least number of days (1445 days) after Shane Warne, who took 1440 days to accomplish this feat.

Rajneesh Gupta presents a list of the highest wicket-taking off-spinners in Test cricket and lists bowlers who took the least time to get to the 200-wicket mark.

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Leading off-spinners in Test cricket

 

Mts

Wkts

Best

Avg

5WI

10WM

Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)

133

800

9-51

22.72

67

22

Harbhajan Singh (Ind)

99

406

8-84

32.34

25

5

Lance Gibbs (WI)

79

309

8-38

29.09

18

2

Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak)

49

208

8-164

29.83

13

3

Graeme Swann (Eng)

48

202

6-65

29.41

14

2

Jim Laker (Eng)

46

193

10-53

21.24

9

3

Erapalli Prasanna (Ind)

49

189

8-76

30.38

10

2

Hugh Tayfield (SA)

37

170

9-113

25.91

14

2

Sonny Ramadhin (WI)

43

158

7-49

28.98

10

1

S Venkataraghavan (Ind)

57

156

8-72

36.11

3

1

Quickest to 200 Test wickets in terms of days

Days

Bowler

Mts

1440

Shane Warne (Aus)

42

1445

Graeme Swann (Eng)

48

1496

Ian Botham (Eng)

41

1612

Kapil Dev (Ind)

50

1769

Steve Harmison (Eng)

53

1870

Shaun Pollock (SA)

49

1879

Glenn McGrath (Aus)

45

2004

Dale Steyn (SA)

39

2145

Matthew Hoggard (Eng)

52

2172

Allan Donald (SA)

42

Rajneesh Gupta