Test cricket is the real test of the players. Especially only a few batsman’s have the ability and stamina to stay on the wicket for a long period of time and score runs for their teams. Following is the list of top run scorers in Test cricket of all time and without any surprise it consists of the names of greatest crickets of all time.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Perhaps the most complete batsman and the most worshiped cricketer in the world, This Indian player holds just about every batting record worth owning in the game, including those for most runs and hundreds in Tests and ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known. In Test cricket Sachin has scored 15837 runs after playing 198 matches with a career best of 248 runs not out.
2. Ricky Ponting
He is an former cricketer and the captain of the Australian national cricket team. He was an right-handed specialist middle order batsman and a occasional right-arm bowler. Ricky Ponting is the leading run scorer in both Test and One Day Internationals for Australia. Ponting has played 168 Test matches in which he has scored 13378 runs.
3. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is also an former cricketer from Indian team who was the captain of Indian side for both Test and ODI matches. He is at the third spot on our list of top run scorers of all time in Test cricket and also holds the record for highest number of catches taken by any fielder other than the wicketkeeper. His Test career stats are 13288 runs in 164 matches with a career best of 270 runs.
4. Jacques Kallis
The South African all-rounder is at number four on the list. Jacques Kallis is known for his classic style of batting and his very useful right arm fast-medium bowling. The South African team depends alot upon his skills and experience. Kallis holds the record of being the only cricketer in history of both ODI and Test cricket to score 11,000 runs and take 250. In his Test career he has scored 13128 runs after playing 162 matches with an average of 56.
5. Brian Lara
Nobody in the world can talk about the history of Test cricket without the name of Brian Lara. His 400 runs not out in a Test innings against England is a record that only a player with some extra ordinary abilities will ever be able to break. Lara was an left handed batsman from West Indies cricket team who scored 11953 runs in Test cricket in 131 matches only.
6. Allan Border
Allan Border is a former captain and cricketer from Australia cricket team. He was an left handed batsman and a quite useful left arm orthodox bowler. He played 156 Test matches for Australia and scored 11174 runs with an average of 50.56.
7. Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh is a former right handed batsman and a medium-pace bowler from Australia team. He is the twin brother of another Australian player Mark Waugh. Steve was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010. In his career of 168 matches Steve Waugh scored 10927 runs with an career best of 200 runs.
8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a West Indian cricketer and the former captain of the West Indies national cricket team. He is a Left-handed top order batsmen and a leg-break bowler. After playing 148 test matches Chanderpaul has scored 10830 runs in 251 innings.
9. Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene is a batsmen and the former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Mahela is known as an elegant and classy batsmen who has scored more than 10,000 runs in both test and ODIs. In 138 Test matches he has scored 10806 runs with an career best of 374 runs.
10. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is also a Sri Lankan cricketer and the former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. He is a left-handed top-order batsman and a wicket-keeper. Sangakkara is described as one of the most polished and talented batsmen in cricket today. He has played 117 Test matches and has scored 10486 runs. His career best is 287 runs with an average of 56.98.
We will keep updating the list according to the latest statistics.
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