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India cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin has the best bowling strike rate in Tests amongst bowlers with minimum 450 wickets.

The veteran off-spinner currently has a strike rate of 51.12 in Test cricket, which is better than the top five leading wicket-takers in cricket’s longest format. Ashwin holds a better strike rate in Tests than the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, James Anderson, Anil Kumble and Stuart Broad.

Among the 450-wicket mark, only former Australian fast-medium pacer Glenn McGrath comes close to Ravichandran Ashwin for the best bowling strike rate in Tests. McGrath finished his legendary Test career with a strike rate of 51.95. Get the list of best bowling strike rate in Tests with minimum 450 wickets.

Best bowling strike rate in Tests (Min. 450 wickets)

Player

Span

Matches

Innings

Wickets

Strike Rate

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

2011-2023

93

176

486

51.12

Glenn McGrath (Australia)

1993-2007

124

243

563

51.95

Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)

1992-2010

133

230

800

55.04

Stuart Broad (England)

2007-2023

165

305

598

55.68

James Anderson (England)

2003-2023

181

337

688

56.32

Ravichandran Ashwin | 51.12

Since making his Test debut against West Indies in 2011, Ravichandran Ashwin has become India’s biggest match-winner with the ball in the red-ball format. The Indian off-spinner has picked up 486 Test wickets in 93 matches at an average of 23.61 and a strike rate of 51.12, which is the best among bowlers with at least 450 Test wickets. He has scalped 34 five-wicket hauls in cricket’s longest format so far.

Glenn McGrath | 51.95

Considered to be one of the greatest bowlers of all-time, former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath tormented batters from the mid-1990s to the late 2000s. Known for his immaculate line and length, McGrath bagged 563 Test wickets in 124 matches at an average of 21.64 and an impressive strike rate of 51.95. He is currently the sixth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.

Muttiah Muralitharan | 55.04

Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan holds the world record for the most wickets in international cricket. Between 1992 and 2011, the right-arm off-spinner scalped 1347 wickets in 495 matches at an average of 22.86. In Test cricket, Muralitharan is the only bowler to pick 800 Test wickets in 133 matches at a strike rate of 55.04. He bagged 67 five-wicket hauls, which is the most by any bowler in Tests.

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