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From Nathan Lyon to Muttiah Muralitharan: A look at eight bowlers of illustrious 500-wicket club

Dec 17, 2023 06:52 PM IST

As Lyon celebrates his historic feat, we take a look at other seven members of the illustrious 500-wicket club…

Nathan Lyon was stalled on 496 wickets for months. Had it not been for his first ever injury setback in his 12-year career during the Ashes series earlier this summer, Lyon would have already been already been part of the elusive club in Test history. But he recovered well in time for the Pakistan contest at home, and in the opening game itself at the Optus Stadium in Perth, where he holds an impressive record himself, Lyon gained a lifetime membership into one of the most sought after clubs in Test cricket ever. On Sunday, amid the Australian quicks racking away with the game in Pakistan's second innings, Lyon, who was on 499 after three wickets in the first innings, managed to dismiss Faheem Ashraf, after winning the lbw review, to reach the milestone figure.

Australia's Nathan Lyon celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq (AFP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq (AFP)

"It's something I'm very proud about," Lyon said after the match. "I don't think it's probably hit me yet. But there's obviously been a lot of hard work go into the journey and I've had a lot more bad days and good days but to be out there in the middle of back after doing a calf with a special group of people, it's pretty special to be able to take 500 in my first Test back.

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He became the eighth bowler in Test history to claim 500 Test wickets, third from Australia after the legendary Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) and fourth spinner overall, with the list also including Muttiah Muralidaran and Anil Kumble.

As Lyon celebrates his historic feat, we take a look at other seven members of the illustrious 500-wicket club

Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) - 800 wickets: The Sri Lankan spin wizard remains the fastest ever bowler to reach the milestone of 500 Test wickets, having achieved it in just 87 innings, as he beat his long-time rival Shane Warne. Over the course of his 18-year career, where several times his bowling action came under the scanner, Muralitharan continued strongly to pick 800 wickets (most ever in history) in 133 appearances with 67 fi-fers and 22 ten-wicket hauls.

Shane Warne (Australia) - 708 wickets: The Aussie spin king was the second bowler to reach the milestone and first among spinners. Incidentally, it was part of the same series in Sri Lanka where Muralitharan had reached the 500-wickets mark as well, adding more spice to the contest between two legendary bowlers. Warne eventually ended his career with 708 wickets in 145 matches, laced with 37 five-wicket hauls.

James Anderson (England) - 690 wickets: The evergreen England fast bowler has grown tremendously through his career and now sits atop among the fast bowlers in the wicket-taking list. In 183 appearances, Anderson has picked 690 wickets already with 32 five-wickets hauls, and with the five-match contest coming up in India in late January, the 41-year-old looks set to reach the milestone of 700 wickets.

Anil Kumble (India) - 619 wickets: He may not have been as skillful as Warne or Muralitharan, it was the element of surprise, combined with his arsenal of variation that helped Kumble emerge as a world beater and subsequently leave his mark in Test history. Having achieved the remarkable feat of 500 wickets in just 105 matches, Kumble still stands as the second fastest to the milestone and only ever Indian, with Ashwin (489 wickets) just few matches away from joining him .He finished his career with 619 scalps in 132 Tests.

Stuart Broad (England) - 604 wickets: He was the last of the bowlers to have entered the list before Lyon, and fourth fastest overall, having achieved the feat back in 2020 during England's Test series at home against West Indies. Earlier in the summer of 2023, during the Ashes series, where he had become the second fastest bowler to 600 wickets, Broad had drawn curtains on his glorious career. He finished with 604 wickets in 167 matches.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) - 563 wickets: He was one of the most successful fast bowlers Australia have ever come across, finishing his career with 563 wickers in 124 appearances. McGrath had achieved the feat during an Ashes Test series, in what as his 110th career match, and became the second fast bowler to 500 wickets. Two years later, he announced his retirement during a home Ashes series in 2007.

Courtney Walsh (West Indies) - 519 wickets: The Windies legend was the first ever bowler in Test history to breach this milestone. Carrying the level of dominance that West Indies showed in the 70s and 80s, Walsh grew into the most feared bowlers in the 90s, and through the course of his impressive career, notched up umpteen records. At the turn of the century, Walsh bid adieu to the sport after claiming 519 wickets in 132 matches.

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