Cricket is a game that requires a lot of skill and effort. It takes years to master the art of bowling, which is why it is so satisfying when you finally get those 10 wickets in one innings. There have been many cricketers who have achieved this feat over the years, but here are some of the best:
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Naeem Akhtar was a Pakistani cricketer who played in 2 Tests and 6 ODIs from 1983 to 1988. He was a right-arm fast bowler and he took 10 wickets in an innings on two occasions. Akhtar made his test debut against New Zealand at Lahore, where he took 8 wickets, becoming the first Pakistani bowler to do so on debut since Fazal Mahmood in 1951.
In the second innings of that match, he went wicketless but finished with 13 runs off 1 over. This remains as the best bowling figures by any bowler ever to have gone wicketless in two consecutive innings of Test cricket history until now; no one else has matched this record yet.
Gubby Allen was an English cricketer who played for England in the 1930s and 1940s. He was a right-arm off-break bowler and a right-handed batsman. Gubby Allen played for Kent County Cricket Club, where he was captain between 1939–40 and 1947–48. In his career, Allen took 1,141 wickets at 22.87 with a best of 8/35 against Sussex at Tunbridge Wells in July 1939.
In his Test career he took forty eight wickets with a best of 5/36 against Australia at Lord’s in July 1938; this remains one of only four occasions when five bowlers have taken wickets in an innings by England versus Australia.
Zulfiqar Babar was born on 5th January 1985 in Karachi, Sindh. He is a Pakistani cricketer who plays for Pakistan cricket team as an all-rounder and also plays domestic cricket for Sui Southern Gas Company in Quetta division. Zulfiqar Babar is a right-arm leg break bowler and right-handed batsman.
Babar started his career by playing first-class cricket for the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) from 2006 to 2010. After that, he played for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club in 2011 and 2012 season but he could not get any chance to play international match due to injury issues.
Anil Kumble is a former Indian international cricketer who played as a right-arm leg spin bowler and right-handed batsman. He was the captain of the Indian cricket team from October 2000 to December 2004. He was named by Wisden as one of its five Cricketers of the Century in 2000, and one of India’s Top 10 Cricketers of All Time by the Cricket Country in 2008.
He holds the world record for most wickets taken in Test cricket, with 619 scalps at an average of 29.65 (best 25). His best bowling figures are 8 for 51 against Pakistan during India’s tour there in 1999–2000, while his highest score is 187 not out against Sri Lanka at Bangalore during India’s tour there in 1996–97.
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Mario Olivier was a South African cricketer who played in 3 Tests and 2 ODIs between 2001 and 2003. He is the only bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings twice in Test cricket, having done so against New Zealand both at Cape Town on 27 February 2001 and at Johannesburg on 15 March 2002.
He took his 10th wicket on 9 March 2002 with one over remaining in the match, becoming only the second player after Javed Miandad to achieve this feat twice (Miandad achieved it thrice).
Ajaz Patel is a Pakistani cricketer who played for Karachi and Pakistan. He is a right-arm fast bowler, who has taken 10 wickets in an innings on 3 occasions. His best bowling figures are 8/26, which he recorded against Bangladesh in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, where he played a big part in helping Pakistan win their first ever world cup title.
Tim Wall is a former English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. Born at Liverpool, Lancashire on 15th October 1919, Tim Wall played first-class cricket for Liverpool and District between 1939 and 1947 and in 1949. He was awarded his cap by Lancashire County Cricket Club in 1945 but never gained international honours although he did play several times for the Players against Gentlemen teams from 1946 until 1948 when these games were staged annually before each Test series began in England.
Jack White was a fast bowler and right-handed batsman who played for Hampshire from 1921 to 1925. He missed the 1922 season due to an operation on his knee, but returned in time for the 1923 County Championship, taking 53 wickets at an average of 14.71 with a best of 7/50 against Worcestershire. His bowling figures were even better in the match against Sussex three weeks later when he claimed 9/20 (6 maidens) as Hampshire won by an innings; this was followed by another 4/23 against Nottinghamshire 10 days later at Trent Bridge.
Sammy Woods was an Australian cricketer who played for New South Wales and Victoria. He was a right-arm fast bowler who could bowl with great pace and accuracy. He took 10 wickets in an innings on two occasions. On his Test debut against England at Adelaide in 1903/04, he took 5/70 and 1/34 as Australia won by 111 runs. In the second match, he had match figures of 6/120 as Australia won by an innings and 78 runs; he then took 5/93 in the final game to help Australia win by 347 runs at Melbourne
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Jack Mercer played for Surrey, Sussex and England. He took 10 wickets in an innings on 3 occasions. His first was against Yorkshire at the Oval in 1914, the second was against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1919 and his third came against Gloucestershire at Bristol in 1921. His best match figures were 15-61 which he achieved twice: once against Somerset at Bath in 1914 and again against Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1920 both were County Championship matches.
The list of cricketers who have taken 10 wickets in an innings is not a long one. However, there are some other talented bowlers who might be able to do it if given enough chances to play for their country and perform consistently.
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