Ravichandran Ashwin    IANS (File Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin IANS (File Photo)

We have already listed a list of cricketers who have scored double-hundreds at their cities of birth. It was only fair we did a similar one for bowlers, for ten-wicket hauls.

It is hardly surprising that Muttiah Muralitharan tops the list, with five entries, no less. This is a whopping count, because the entire list amounts to only 28.

As in the previous piece, the list excludes cricketers (perhaps unfairly) who have not been born at a city (or even a country) that has a Test ground.

A note on birthplaces: Allan Border was technically born in Cremorne, a suburb of Sydney. While Sydney is exactly not his hometown (though it is, for all practical purposes), I have made such allowances.

Test ten-wicket hauls in city of birth

Bowler Figures Team Against City Venue Season Result Notes on birthplace
Imran Khan 14/116 Pakistan Sri Lanka Lahore Gaddafi Stadium 1981-82 Won
Abdul Qadir 13/101 Pakistan England Lahore Gaddafi Stadium 1987-88 Won
Muttiah Muralitharan 13/115 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Kandy Asgiriya Stadium 2001-02 Won
George Lohmann 12/104 England Australia London The Oval 1886 Won
Muttiah Muralitharan 12/117 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Kandy Asgiriya Stadium 1997-98 Won
Daniel Vettori 12/149 New Zealand Australia Auckland Eden Park 1999-00 Lost
“Ranji” Hordern 12/175 Australia England Sydney SCG 1911-12 Won
Ravichandran Ashwin 12/298 India Australia Madras/Chennai Chepauk 2012-13 Won
Adam Huckle 11/255 Zimbabwe New Zealand Bulawayo Queens SC 1997 Draw
Fred Spofforth 11/117 Australia England Sydney SCG 1882-83 Lost Balmain, suburb of Sydney
Iqbal Qasim 11/118 Pakistan Australia Karachi National Stadium 1979-80 Won
Malcolm Marshall 11/120 West Indies New Zealand Bridgetown Kensington Oval 1985 Won
Abdul Qadir 10/194 Pakistan England Lahore Gaddafi Stadium 1984-85 Draw
Rodney Hogg 10/66 Australia England Melbourne MCG 1979-80 Won Richmond, suburb of Melbourne
Muttiah Muralitharan 12/82 Sri Lanka Bangladesh Kandy Asgiriya Stadium 2007 Won
Muttiah Muralitharan 10/83 Sri Lanka West Indies Kandy Asgiriya Stadium 2005 Won
Hines Johnson 10/96 West Indies England Kingston Sabina Park 1947-48 Won
Allan Border 11/96 Australia West Indies Sydney SCG 1988-89 Won Cremorne, suburb of Sydney
Courtney Walsh 10/101 West Indies India Kingston Sabina Park 1989 Won
John Bracewell 10/106 New Zealand Australia Auckland Eden Park 1985-86 Won
Muttiah Muralitharan 10/135 Sri Lanka West Indies Kandy Asgiriya Stadium 2001-02 Won
Bob Holland 10/144 Australia West Indies Sydney SCG 1984-85 Won Camperdown, suburb of Sydney
Fred Spofforth 10/144 Australia England Sydney SCG 1884-85 Won Balmain, suburb of Sydney
Paul Strang 10/158 Zimbabwe New Zealand Bulawayo Queens SC 2000 Lost
“Ranji” Hordern 10/161 Australia England Sydney SCG 1911-12 Lost
Ray Price 10/161 Zimbabwe West Indies Salisbury/Harare Harare SC 2003-04 Draw
Bob Holland 10/174 Australia New Zealand Sydney SCG 1985-86 Won Camperdown, suburb of Sydney
Danish Kaneria 10/190 Pakistan Sri Lanka Karachi National Stadium 2004-05 Won

An interesting observation is the number of multiple entries to this list. Even if one ignores Murali, four men Fred Spofforth, ‘Ranji’ Hordern, Bob Holland, and Abdul Qadir feature twice on the list.