Top Individual Run Scorers in Test Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in Test format accumulating impressive 15921 runs over 200 Test matches. Following suit, Ricky Ponting boasts 13378 runs in 168 Tests, pursued closely by Jacques Kallis who has notched up 13289 runs across 166 Test battles.

Here is the list of top 10 leading run scorers in Test format.

Sr. Player Team Mat INS RS HS 100s 50s Avg
1 Sachin Tendulkar India 200 329 15921 248* 51 68 53.78
2 Ricky Ponting Australia 168 287 13378 257 41 62 51.85
3 Jacques Kallis South Africa 166 280 13289 224 45 58 55.37
4 Rahul Dravid India 164 286 13288 270 36 63 52.31
5 Sir Alastair Cook England 161 291 12472 294 33 57 45.35
6 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 134 233 12400 319 38 52 57.40
7 Brian Lara West Indies 131 232 11953 400* 34 48 52.88
8 Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies 164 280 11867 203* 30 66 51.37
9 Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 149 252 11814 374 34 50 49.84
10 Joe Root England 135 247 11416 254 30 60 50.29
11 Allan Border Australia 156 265 11174 205 27 63 50.56
12 Steve Waugh Australia 168 260 10927 200 32 50 51.06
13 Sunil Gavaskar India 125 214 10122 236* 34 45 51.12
14 Younis Khan Pakistan 118 213 10099 313 34 33 52.05
15 Steven Smith Australia 105 187 9514 239 32 40 58.01

Star India batsman Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record for scoring most runs in the TEST. Sachin Tendulkar tops the table with 15,921 runs as he has amassed in 200 TEST matches (329 innings) till date in the shortest format of the game at international level.

The India batter has slammed 51 Century and 68 fifties in the TEST and aggregated runs consistently at a healthy average of 53.78. Sachin Tendulkar is followed by Ricky Ponting and the charismatic Australia cricketer has scored 13,378 runs in 168 TEST matches and averages 51.85. Till date, a total of 14 players have scored 10000-plus runs in the TEST.

The toppers in the list comprise of players from India, Australia, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan. Three players from India (Sachin Tendulkar – 15,921 runs in 200 TEST matches, Rahul Dravid – 13,288 runs in 164 TEST matches and Sunil Gavaskar – 10,122 runs in 125 TEST matches) and Australia (Ricky Ponting – 13,378 runs in 168 TEST matches, Allan Border – 11,174 runs in 156 TEST matches and Steve Waugh – 10,927 runs in 168 TEST matches) feature in the list.

Two cricketers from England (Alastair Cook – 12,472 runs in 161 TEST matches and Joe Root – 11,416 runs in 135 TEST matches) , Sri Lanka (Kumar Sangakkara – 12,400 runs in 134 TEST matches and Mahela Jayawardene – 11,814 runs in 149 TEST matches) and West Indies (Brian Lara – 11,953 runs in 131 TEST matches and Shivnarine Chanderpaul – 11,867 runs in 164 TEST matches) present in the highest run-getters in the TEST.

One cricketer each from South Africa (Jacques Kallis – 13,289 runs in 166 TEST matches) and Pakistan (Younis Khan – 10,099 runs in 118 TEST matches) are also in the top 10000- plus runs.

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