163 and counting: Pat Cummins becomes the highest wicket-taker in World Test Championship history

Australian captain Pat Cummins set a new world record on January 3, making history as the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. Cummins achieved this milestone during the ongoing third Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney.

In an outstanding performance during the first day’s play, Cummins secured a five-wicket haul in the first innings, bringing his total wickets in the WTC to an impressive 163. This surpassed the previous record held by fellow Australian Nathan Lyon, who had 162 wickets.

Cummins showcased his exceptional form by taking five wickets in both innings of the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan in Melbourne. In the Test at SCG, he continued his stellar performance, opening his account with the wicket of Babar Azam, who was trapped in front of the wickets. He went on to dismiss Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Sajid Khan, and Hasan Ali to complete his five-wicket haul in the first innings.

Mohammad Rizwan, who top-scored for Pakistan in the first inning with 88 runs from 103 balls, was among Cummins’ notable dismissals.

As of now, Cummins leads the WTC’s all-time wicket-takers list with 163 wickets in 38 matches for Australia. This remarkable achievement adds another feather to his cap, following his impressive performance in the previous Test against Pakistan.

In comparison, Nathan Lyon failed to take any wickets in the first innings despite bowling 12 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin holds the third position with 148 dismissals in 30 matches. Stuart Broad, who retired from Test cricket last year, is fourth on the list with 134 wickets, while Cummins’ fast bowling partner, Mitchell Starc, occupies the fifth position with 133 wickets in 34 Test matches.

Most wickets in the World Test Championship

1 Pat Cummins Australia 38* 163 6/91
2 Nathan Lyon Australia 39* 162 8/64
3 Ravichandran Ashwin India 30 148 7/71
4 Stuart Broad England 33 134 6/31
5 Mitchell Starc Australia 34* 133 6/66

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