Test Cricket: Bangladesh became the associate nation to play the game in 1977. They got test status in 2000 and played their first test game against India in November 2000. Although they lost that game, it was the start of a great story for Bangladesh. This team has made significant progress over the time and now they are a strong unit, especially at home.
And being an Asian nation, Bangladesh has always produced some quality spinners in the game. In this article, we will cover the list of bowlers that have taken the most wickets for the Bangla Tigers in the Test format. However, Bangladesh doesn’t play much red-ball game but they performed well in the limited opportunities they get.
5. Mashrafe Mortaza – 78 wickets in 36 Tests
Former Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza made his debut for Bangladesh at the age of 17. He played his first test in November 2001 at Dhaka against Zimbabwe and took 4/106 in his debut innings. Mortaza played between 2001 and 2009. He represnted his country in 36 Tests and took 78 wickets with the best match figure of 5/88. Mortaza was also a decent lower-order batter who scored three half-centuries in his short career. He was more of a white-ball bowler for Bangladesh.
4. Mohammad Rafique – 100 wickets in 33 Tests
Former Bangladeshi captain Mohammad Rafique is fourth on the list. He made his debut in November 2000 against India in Dhaka. He played for a total of 8 years and played 33 tests in his career. Rafique took 100 wickets with a best figure of 6/77. He also took 7 five-wicket hauls in his career. Rafique was also a good batter. He scored 1059 runs with one century and four half-centuries in Tests.
3. Mehidy Hasan Miraz* – 135 wickets in 35 Tests
Superstar all-rounder from Bangladesh Mehidy Hasan Miraz is third on the list and will climb up the list in the coming years. The 25-year-old is a vital member of the team with both the bat and the ball. He played his first test in October 2016 against England and took 6/80 in his debut innings. Miraz has played a total of 35 tests so far and picked up 135 wickets with a best figure of 7/58 along with 8 five-wicket hauls. He has also scored 1089 runs with one century and three half-centuries in Tests.
2. Taijul Islam – 158 wickets in 38 Tests
Another spinner is on the list, and this time it is Taijul Islam. Slow Left arm Orthodox made his debut in September 2014 against West Indies and took 5/137 in his debut innings. He has played a total of 38 tests so far and taken 158 wickets, with a best innings figure of 8/39. He also has 10 five-wicket hauls and is one of the few bowlers with a test hat-trick to his name.
1. Shakib Al Hasan – 225 wickets in 63 Tests
Shakib Al Hasan is the biggest name ever to come from Bangladesh in the game of cricket. He has been the best cricketer in almost all three formats for his country and is at the top of this list. Shakib made his debut in May 2007 against India, and since then, he has become the backbone of his team in both departments. He has played a total of 63 tests in his career and taken 225 wickets with 19 five-wicket hauls. Shakib has also scored 4251 runs at an average of 39, with five centuries and 29 fifties.
List of Most Wickets for Bangladesh in Test cricket
|Shakib Al Hasan*||2007-2022||63||225||7/36||19||2|
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz*||2016-2022||35||135||7/58||8||2|
|Enamul Haque jnr||2003-2013||15||44||7/95||3||1|