Bangalore, Jan 1: Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was the top bowler of 2012 with 60 wickets. He played in 10 Tests in the calendar year and was the highest wicket-taker. He had seven five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.
England's offspinner Graeme Swann was second best in 2012 with 59 wickets. He played 14 Tests. His best bowling in a match was 10/181. His best in an innings was 6/82.
The third spot is occupied by another England bowler, James Anderson. The paceman ended the year with 48 victims in 14 Test matches.
Just like the Test batsmen list, there is no Indian in the top 10 bowlers.
R Ashwin is India's best bowler of 2012 with 37 wickets. He is in 12th place. The offspinner played in eight Tests.
|Here is the list of top 10 wicket-takers of 2012|
|Bowler||Tests||Innings||Wickets||Best Bowling in Innings||Best Bowling in Match||5-wicket hauls||10-wicket hauls|
|Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)||10||18||60||6/43||12/171||7||2|
|Graeme Swann (England)||14||24||59||6/82||10/181||3||1|
|James Anderson (England)||14||26||48||5/72||6/116||1||0|
|Vernon Philander (South Africa)||9||17||43||6/44||10/114||3||1|
|Peter Siddle (Australia)||8||16||41||5/49||9/104||2||0|
|Stuart Broad (England)||11||19||40||7/72||11/165||2||1|
|Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)||6||12||39||7/55||10/97||2||1|
|Kemar Roach (West Indies)||7||14||39||5/41||10/146||3||1|
|Dale Steyn (South Africa)||10||19||39||5/56||7/112||1||0|
|Morne Morkel (South Africa)||10||19||38||6/23||8/196||2||0|