Who to break records?
September 7, 2011 10:58pm CST
Top 4 bowlers in test cricket in number of wickets taken retired in last 4 years.M Muralitharan in 2010 S. Warne in 2007 A. Kumble in in  and G MacGrath in 2007.Can any bowler pass their numbers in next 5 years.Bowlers below their numbers are either nearing retirement or far below in number. No new promising bowlers have emerged.When KapilDev retired there was Walsh just behind him to break the record and Wasim Akram with a chance. It seems batsmen are more glamorous than bowlers recently. Expecting comments and suggestions, [Mohkanari]
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8 Sep 11
no one can break this record,because if a bowler plays 12 test matches in a average and take 70 wickets that means he has to be a golden year regularly for 12 years then he can break muralidharan record,but first to play 12 test,second to be fit,then same sharpness and next 12 golden years,increasing popularity of t20,injuries,it is next to impossible.
8 Sep 11
If you observe the list you see that SPINNERS are topping it. It tells the story. These kind of records take a life time of playing to achieve. And pace bowlers just can't keep playing so much with the current calendar and playing T20, ODI through out the year. So I doubt any pace bowler can achieve it, especially Muralidharan's record. But one can never say surely as records are there to be broken. We might see some genius bowlers and they might break all the records! But right now no one seems to be near that mark. We can only decide about it after some years. Happy Mylotting!
8 Sep 11
I agree with you completely. Modern cricket is definitely changed in to a batsman's game. There is no longer any margin for the bowlers. With the introduction of T20 and the popularity it has gained, it won't be long when players like Wasim Akram, Muralitharan, Warne, Kumble will just become a part of history. But we do have some bowlers today that give us the hope. Bowlers like Mitchell Johnson, Zaheer Khan, or Dale Steyn trouble the batsman no matter what pitch they are playing on. Batsman too have become a lot more innovative these days. Shots like Dilscoop and Switch hit are not making the job of the bowlers any easier. It would take a long long time before any of the modern bowlers break the record set by the previous greats.
8 Sep 11
I think there are some bowlers just emerging, and 5 years is a long time. But the records that you have put up are significant numbers and have come in an era without T20 cricket. That meant there were more test matches around and the players had less distractions like IPL etc where they risked injuring themselves. I would say that the likes of Broad, Ishaanth, Swann would be some of the players with an outside chance of coming close to these records. But it would take them a long time before we can really see if they can come close to these records. Cheers! Ram