Many parameters decide the success of an athlete. Skill-set, creativity, hunger, discipline to name a few. However, when it comes to Test cricket perhaps longevity or fitness is the most crucial part that decides the success.
Test cricket can be grilling and demanding. There have been many players who have played test cricket for close to two decades. We present you with a list of the top 5 players who played more than 100 test matches yet never captained.
5: Muttiah Muralitharan:
Muralitharan played 133 test matches in his career and he has 800 wickets on his tab, the most by any bowler in history. An average of 6 wickets per match is a testament to his impact on the game. Yet, not even for once, Muttiah captained for Sri Lanka.
4: VVS Laxman:
The essential part of nineties Indian fab-4, Laxman is very very special! He emerged as a sole match-winner on many occasions for India. He played 134 test matches and saved India and amounted to 8781 runs in his career.
3: Stuart Broad:
When life hits the rock bottom some people fight back with all their might. Stuart is one of them. When Yuvraj hit 6 sixes in one over of Broad in 2007, many Pundits predicted that Broad’s career is over. Flash forward to now, Broad has played 144 test matches and he has 517 wickets.
2: Shane Warne:
Cricketing world’s bad boy, Warne possesses skills like none other. Despite playing most of his life in Australian pitches the magician leg-spinner has 708 wickets in just 145 test matches.
1: James Anderson:
Is he knighted yet? He should have been. James Anderson deserves England’s highest honor for all the good reasons. He has 611 wickets in the 158 test matches he played thus far. He is the bowler who got Sachin out on the most number of occasions, a record 14 times.