The World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle has entered an interesting phase as the top two teams of the points table, India and Australia are playing in the Test series against England and West Indies, respectively. Meanwhile, there’ve been some brilliant bowling performances in the ongoing WTC cycle for the last couple of months.
The Indian and Australian bowlers have mostly dominated the chart as the leading wicket-takers in this cycle of the championship.
With said that, here we’ll have a look at the leading wicket-takers in the entire history of the World Test Championship since the inception of the tournament four and half years back in 2019.
Nathan Lyon (170 wickets) - Australia
The Aussie spin great Nathan Lyon achieved a milestone of 500 Test wickets in the three-match Test series against Pakistan. He has been one of the consistent performers in the history of the World Test Championship so far.
The 36-year-old has played 41 matches in the history of the World Test Championship till now; in the 73 innings of these matches, Lyon has scalped 170 wickets, including 10 four-wicket hauls and 9 five-wicket hauls on his credit. He is the highest wicket-taker so far in the history of the World Test Championship.
Pat Cummins (169 wickets) - Australia
Australia skipper and star pace spearhead Pat Cummins has been the talk of the town throughout the entire 2023, winning all the major titles for Australia as a captain. Apart from his exceptional leadership, Cummins has also impressed with his amazing bowling since the start of the World Test Championship in 2019.
He has scalped 169 wickets in 73 innings of the 40 matches, he played so far for Australia in the World Test Championship. In these 169 wickets, the Aussie skipper has claimed 8 four-wicket hauls and 8 five-wicket hauls with the ball to be the second leading wicket-taker in WTC history just after his teammate Nathan Lyon.
Ravichandran Ashwin (151 wickets) - India
The veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is nearing the historic milestone of 500 wickets; he might claim this milestone in the ongoing five-match home Test Series against England. Ashwin has been very impressive with the ball in the WTC from 2019 till now.
The 37-year-old is currently the third leading wicket-taker in the history of WTC with 151 wickets in 58 innings of the 31 matches he has played so far, with 8 four-wicket hauls and 8 five-wicket hauls.