Most Runs in Test - Highest Runs in Test Cricket Career

In this blog let us know about the players who scored most runs in test cricket. 

Test cricket is the longest-playing format of cricket and scoring runs requires lots of patience and skill! 

Two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, lasting for 4-5 days, with the highest competition—a nation or group of nations is given test status by the ICC. 

Currently, twelve men’s teams have received this designation. 

Highest Runs in Test Cricket Career by Individual:

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in a Test career. He played in 200 games and 329 innings, scoring 15921 runs, including 2048 fours and 69 sixers, and his highest score in test cricket is 248. Sachin Tendulkar is awarded as the god of cricket.  

Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis are the second and third highest scorers, with 13378 and 13289 runs, respectively.

PlayerSpanMatInnsNORunsHSAvg10050
SR Tendulkar (INDIA)1989-20132003293315921248*53.785168
RT Ponting (AUS)1995-2012168287291337825751.854162
JH Kallis (ICC/SA)1995-2013166280401328922455.374558
R Dravid (ICC/INDIA)1996-2012164286321328827052.313663
AN Cook (ENG)2006-2018161291161247229445.353357
KC Sangakkara (SL)2000-2015134233171240031957.43852
BC Lara (ICC/WI)1990-2006131232611953400*52.883448
S Chanderpaul (WI)1994-20151642804911867203*51.373066
DPMD Jayawardene (SL)1997-2014149252151181437449.843450
AR Border (AUS)1978-1994156265441117420550.562763

1. Sachin Tendulkar – Most Runs In Test

“Sachin Tendulkar is the God of Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar Early Life: 

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He was born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai. His full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Shortly called SR Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar cricket journey

Tendulkar got his first bat when he was 11 years old. He is an Indian professional cricketer and is recognized as one of the best batters ever lived and considered to be an inspiration for many other international and gully cricketers. 

Sachin Tendulkar’s name continues to inspire many people to take up the sport, not just in India but all across the world.

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Sachin International Debut 

He made his Test (international) debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989

At 16 years and 205 days, He became the youngest international cricketer in India.

In August 1996, Tendulkar, at 23 years old, was named captain of his country’s team.

Tendulkar’s Biggest Achievement: 

He became the first cricketer to reach 100 hundred in an international cricket competition in 2012 while playing in the Asia Cup against Bangladesh

Fifty-one centuries are from test cricket, and more than half of his centuries are scored in test matches. 

Sachin Tendulkar & His Huge Fan Base

Sachin has such a loyal fan base. One among them is Sudhir Gautam. 

Sachin Tendulkar with his huge fan Sudhir Kumar chaudhary

Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary aka Gautam, is a very important part of Indian cricket. 

Every cricket would remember him not by his name but by his attire because he paints his complete body and cheers for India’s team. 

“More than the cheer girls, he was the centre of the attraction in many matches”

I don’t earn enough. Whatever I do, is spent on trains, says Sachin Tendulkar’s biggest fan Sudhir Gautam.

Sachin’s Retirement 

The legend, God of cricket who scored the most runs in the test on his retirement day 

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On November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement after an innings victory over the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium.

The chant, which used to echo across the city and the oceans from the Wankhede Stadium, was once a way of life for a billion people.

2. RT Ponting (AUS) – Second Most Runs in Test Cricket Career

RT Ponting (AUS) scored second most runs in test cricket, He has played international test cricket from 1995-2012 and has played 168 matches, 287 Innings, and scored 13378 runs and the highest score of 257.

RT Ponting Early life: 

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Ricky Ponting, whose full name is Ricky Thomas Ponting and Punter, was born on 19th December 1974. He was Australia’s top batsman in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

Pointing Early life and challenges: 

Rickey posting a tweet about his first test 

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At the age of 20, he played in his first Test international game, and many praised and welcomed him as the next Don Bradman, who was widely considered the best cricketer of the 20th century. 

He scored his 1st century against England in 1997.

Early in his career, Ponting faced criticism for his inconsistent performances. But after recommitting to the game, 

Ponting’s batting was characterized by his laser-like focus from the first ball. 

Ricky Ponting after scoring the century

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He significantly contributed to Australia’s dominance in international cricket during the next ten years. 

A positive trigger movement forward shot led to Ponting’s career-long signature shot.

Ricky Ponting signature pull shot 

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Captaincy: Ponting finally won the captaincy in 2002, when Steve Waugh lost his batsmanship and was at the height of his abilities. Over the next five years, he not only helped his side win back-to-back championships and the World Cup, but he also progressed as the best batsman. 

Life of Pointing after retirement: 

Ricky Ponting International cricket head coach

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He is a cricket coach. Australian icon Ponting is the head coach of The Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Capitals. 

Ricky Ponting ranks second among Test cricket’s all-time leading run scorers, behind Sachin Tendulkar.

3. Jacques Kallis (ICC/SA) – Third Most runs In Test Cricket Career

J H Kallis (SA) is the third most run scorer in test cricket, He has played international test cricket from 1995-2012 and has played 166 matches. In 166 Test matches, Kallis won the Man of the match award 23 times, 280 Innings and scored 13289 runs and the highest score of 224. 

On October 16, 1975, Jacques Henry Kallis was born. 

Kallis Cricket Journey:

In 1996, January Kallis Made his ODI debut against England at Cape Town.
He is a South African cricket coach and former player. 

He is widely recognized as one of the greatest cricketers and South Africa’s greatest hitter in history. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler. 

As of 2022, Kallis is the only player in the sport’s history to have taken over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket, scored over 10,000 runs, and made 131 catches. 

Kallis Cricket Achievement: 

 International cricketer Kallis in the batting and bowling form.

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He achieved 13,289 runs, 292 wickets, and 200 catches throughout his Test match career in 166 test matches.

After Sir Donald Bradman, Mohammad Yousuf, and Gautam Gambhir, Kallis is one of four players in Test history to have scored a century in five straight games.

Kallis with other international cricketers in stadium

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J H Kallis ranks third among Test cricket’s all-time leading run scorers, behind Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar.

4. Rahul Dravid (ICC/India) – Fourth Most Runs In Test 

Rahul Dravid “The great wall of international test cricket”  scored fourth most runs in test cricket, He played international test cricket from 1996-2012 and has played 164 matches, 286 Innings and scored 13288 runs and the highest score of 270.

Rahul Dravid’s early life:

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Alt text: Rahul Dravid’s childhood photo

Sharad Dravid, a former captain of the Indian cricket team, was born on January 11, 1973. He was born into a Marathi household and raised in Bangalore. 

Dravid’s Cricket journey: 

Rahul Dravid (ICC/India) - Fourth Most Runs In Test 

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Alt text: Rahul Dravid batting in international test cricket

At the age of 12, he started playing cricket, and he later represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17, and under-19 levels. 

Dravid’s cricket achievements:

 Dravid, known for his sound batting technique, scored 24,177 runs in international cricket and is widely recognized as one of the greatest batters in history.

He made history by playing in all ten Test-playing nations in Chittagong, Bangladesh, in 2004.

As of October 2012, he held the record for the most catches made by a non-wicket keeper in a Test match with 210

Dravid keeps a record of never getting out for a Golden duck in the 286 Test innings he has played.

“He spent 44142 min at the crease, the highest time spent on the crease by any international cricket player in test cricket, and faced 31258 balls, which is also the highest number of balls faced by international cricket players in test cricket.”

Dravid after International Cricket Retirement: 

He is the current Head coach of India’s national team.  

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India’s Under-19 team is the head coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Runner in 2016, and winners in the 2018 cricket world cup under his direction.

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Test cricket remembers everyone about Rahul Dravid. 

He is lovingly referred to as Mr. Dependable and is frequently called The “Great wall.”

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Dravid ranks fourth among Test cricket’s all-time leading run scorers, behind Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, and Sachin Tendulkar.

5. AN cook (England) – Fifth Most Runs In Test

Cook scored fifth most runs in test cricket, He has played international test cricket from 2006 – 2018 and has played 161 matches, 291 Innings and scored 12472 runs and the highest score of 294.

Cook’s early life: 

Alastair Nathan Cook, an English cricketer who plays for Essex County Cricket Club and has represented England in all formats since 2006, was born on December 25, 1984. 

AN cook Cricket career and achievements:

AN cook (England) - Fifth Most Runs In Test

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He is former England captain of Test and One-Day International (ODI) teams and the fifth-highest test run scorer of all time. He is the holder of several English and international records. Cook has played for England in 59 Tests and 69 One Day Internationals. 

He is England’s second-most-capped Test player. He has the greatest run total and is the youngest player to reach 12,000 Test runs.

He is the highest run-scorer for England in Test international matches.

Cook playing batting against Indian team

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Cook is the first player from England to win 50 Test matches and has a record of 33 test centuries for England. 

He bats opening for the left side and plays first slip He.is the highest-scoring left-hander in international Test cricket.

Cook ranks fifth among Test cricket’s all-time leading run scorers, behind Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, and Sachin Tendulkar.

6. Kumar Sangakkara(SL) – Sixth Most Runs In Test

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Alt text: KC Sangakkara, Srilankan cricket player 

KC Sangakkara scored sixth most runs in test cricket. He played international test cricket from 2000-2015 and has played 134 matches, 233 Innings, and scored 12400 runs and the highest score of 319.

Sangakkara’s Early life

Sangakkara was born in Matale in 1977 in a Tamil Family near Kandy. Sangakkara received his education at Trinity College, Kandy. 

He played the violin and was a chorister in his primary school. Sangakkara excelled in cricket, and the principal of his college supported him in concentrating on cricket.

 He participated in his school’s Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, and first XI squads and was awarded the Ryde Gold Medal and Trinity Lion awards.

Sangakkara’s Cricket career and achievements:

Sangakkara Srilankan captain on test debut

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Sangakkara made his Test debut on 20 July 2000 against South Africa at the very young age of 22.

He scored his first double-century against Pakistan in 2002 at the 2nd Asian Test Championship.

Sangakkara was the former captain of Srilanka and Srilankan cricket commentator. 

He scored 7 consecutive fifties in the test, only 7 members achieved this test cricket, and he is one among them.

KC Sangakkara and DPMD Jayawardene have the highest partnership for the 3rd wicket with 624 runs which is the highest till date.

7. Brian Lara (ICC/WI) – Seventh Most Runs In Test

BC Lara scored seventh most runs scorer in test cricket. He played international test cricket from 1990-2006 and has played 131 matches, 232 Innings, and scored 11953 runs and the highest score of 400.

BC Lara’s early life

Brian Lara (ICC/WI) - Seventh Most Runs In Test

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BC Lara (Brain Charles Lara) was born in a Christianity family on 2 May 1969 in Cantaro, Trinidad. He is called the “prince of the port of Spain” and the “Michael Jordan of cricket.”

BC Lara Cricket career and achievements

BC Lara Cricket career and achievements

Lara was a former West Indies cricketer. He made his first Test Debut on 6 December 1990 against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Lara was the first batsman to score 10,000 and 11,000 runs in test cricket.

He is the first player to set the record of scoring 400 tests in cricket history. A record of 400 runs is the individual best score as a batsman and the captain.

Lara is the only West Indian to score 34 centuries in test cricket

He was honored by the BBC sports personality of the year overseas personality award in 1994.

8.Shivnarine Chanderpaul(WI) – Eighth Most Runs In Test

Shivnarine Chanderpaul(WI) - Eighth Most Runs In Test

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S Chanderpaul scored eighth most runs in test cricket, He has played international test cricket from 1994-2015 and has played 164 matches, 280 Innings, and scored 11867 runs and the highest score of 203.

Chanderpaul’s early life

S Chanderpaul (Shivnarine Chanderpaul) was born on 16th August 1974 to Indo-Guyanese parents Kamraj and Uma Chanderpaul in Guyana. His father supported him to play cricket and focus on what he is good at.

Chanderpaul Cricket career and his achievements

Shivnarine Chanderpaul(WI) - Eighth Most Runs In Test

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In 1993, Chanderpaul made his first debut in the under-19 west Indies team against England.

He was one of the most productive batsmen in the West Indies cricket team He scored 372 runs at a batting average of 124.00 during the Test series. 

He scored 203 runs in his first international test debut at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. 

In Chanderpaul’s first 18 Test matches, He scored 1,232 runs at an average of 49.28 with thirteen half-centuries 82 was his highest score.

He was the former West Indies Cricket Captain.

9. Jayawardene (SL) – Sixth Most Runs In Test

Jayawardene (SL) - Sixth Most Runs In Test

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DPMD Jayawardene scored ninth most runs in test cricket. He played international test cricket from 1997-2014 and has played 149 matches, 252 Innings, and 11814 runs and the highest score of 374.

Jayawardene’s early life

Mahela Jayawardene's childhood photo 

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Mahela Jayawardene was born in a Buddhist family on May 27, 1977, in Columbo, Srilanka. His parents are Senerath Jayawardene and Sunila Jayawardene. 

His full name is Denagemage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, shortly called DPMD Jayawardene. He is called by the nickname “Maiya.”

Jayawardene Cricket career

Jayawardene batting in test debut

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Jayawardene made his first debut on August 2, 1997, against India in Colombo, Srilanka. And His last test debut was on July 14, 2014, against Pakistan in Colombo, Srilanka.

The highest right-handed batsman score in cricket history is Jayawardene 374 against South Africa.

Jayawardene is the first Srilankan to score 10,000 runs in test cricket.

10.  Allan Border (AUS) – Tenth Most Runs In Test

Allan Border (AUS) - Tenth Most Runs In Test

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AR Border (AUS) is the Tenth most run scorer in test cricket. He played international test cricket from 1978 to 1994 and has played 156 matches, 265 Innings, and 11174 runs and the highest score of 205.

Border’s early life

The border was born on July 27, 1955, in Cremorne, Sydney, New South Wales. He completed his schooling at North Sydney boy’s high school.

Border’s Cricket Career and achievements 

Border’s playing test cricket 

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He played in the most Tests Matches (156), scored the most runs (11,174), played in the most consecutive Tests (153), and set a world record by leading the team 93 times as a captain. 

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