Cricket has seen many players picking up a plethora of records to their name but only a few have managed to get themselves featured in the league of extraordinary gentlemen with a unique distinction of holding the maximum five-wicket hauls across each format of the game. Not many are actually aware of their achievements and their five-wickets tally across each individual format.
Here’s a compiled list featuring the names of 5 bowlers who’ve managed to pick 5-wicket hauls across all the formats during their stay in the World of cricket.
Top 5 bowlers with most five-wicket hauls in all three formats
#5 Umar Gul – Pakistan
Umar Gul could be termed as one of Pakistan’s finest prospect to have ever played the game of cricket. With a wicket tally of 85 in T20Is, Gul ranks third in the list of leading wicket-takers in the shortest format of the game.
He’s also the solitary Pakistani bowler to be the recipient of five-wicket hauls across each format. Gul has a total of 8 five-wicket hauls to his name comprising of 4 in Tests, 2 in T20Is and 2 in ODIs.
#4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar – India
The swing king from India is among the best death bowlers in the cricketing fraternity. He is the first Indian bowler to take five-wickets in all three formats. He registered this feat at the start of 2018, with a five-wicket haul in T20Is during India’s tour of South Africa. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar happens to be the second only to Yuzvendra Chahal to have picked up five wickets in a T20I.
He has a total of 6 five-wicket hauls to his name, with 4 in Tests, 1 in T20Is and 1 in ODIs.
#3 Ajantha Mendis – Sri Lanka
Mendis was a nightmare to the batsmen at the early stages of his international career. He was termed as the mystery spinner who had a plethora of tips and tricks whose successful execution resulted in the opposition batsmen giving up their crucial wicket in a haste.
He has a total of 9 five-wicket hauls to his name, with 4 in Tests, 3 in ODIs and a couple in T20Is, making him one of the most ferocious bowlers to have set foot on the 22 yards.
#2 Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka
The toe-crushing yorker specialist is a legend in the true sense. Malinga enjoys some terrific records across the international arena which seem to remain safe for the time being. He has a total of 11 five-wicket hauls to his name, with 3 in Tests, 7 in ODIs and 1 in T20Is.
It was way back in 2012 when Malinga achieved this feat. Since then no other bowler, with the lone exception of Ajantha Mendis, has been able to pull such a feat in the history of gentleman’s game.
#1 Tim Southee – New Zealand
The right arm pacer is amongst the finest lot of cricketers at the present juncture of World cricket. He’s someone who has got a truckload of tricks underneath his canopy and never leaves a stone unturned in getting on to the nerves of the opposition batsmen.
In the games played to date, Southee has managed to pick 7 five-wicket hauls in Tests, 2 in ODIs and a solitary to his name in the T20Is, making him one of the most desired bowlers across the World at the moment. He also happens to be New Zealand’s fourth-leading wicket-taker in red-ball cricket.