5. Sunil Gavaskar – 4 Times
Sunil Manohar “Sunny” Gavaskar is a former cricketer who played during the 1970s and 1980s for the Bombay cricket team and India. Widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by any batsman. He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in December 2005.
Records and achievements
- Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs.
- He is the only Cricketer to have scored centuries in each innings of a Test thrice.
- He is the only cricketer to score 4 consecutive centuries at 2 venues – Port of Spain & Wankhede stadium.
- He has the Highest runs (774) maker by a debutant.
- He is the only cricketer to score hundreds in 3 consecutive innings twice.
4. Dilip Vengsarkar – 5 Times
Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar is an Indian cricketer and cricket administrator. He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive. He was also known by the nickname ‘Colonel’. For Test matches played in India, he has one of the highest batting averages.
He also scored a century at Lord’s in 1986 and thereby attaining the distinction of scoring three consecutive Test match centuries at Lord’s. For his effort to help India win the Test series in England (a rare feat in itself) he was awarded the Man of the Series award.
3. Mohammad Azharuddin – 6 Times
Mohammad Azharuddin is a former cricketer and an Indian politician. He was an accomplished batsman and captained the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s, winning the Arjuna Award winner in 1986. As a cricketer, he was known for a graceful and fluid batting style – John Woodcock, a noted cricket writer, said of him, “It’s no use asking an Englishman to bat like Mohammad Azharuddin. It would be like expecting a greyhound to win the Epsom Derby.” He also won praise elsewhere, with umpire Venkataraghavan stating that “Azharuddin had the best wrists in the game”.
Records and achievements
Azhar scored a final total of 22 centuries in test cricket, at an average of 45, and 7 in ODIs, at an average of 37. To date, he is the only cricketer with the distinction of scoring a century in each of his first three tests.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – 7 Times
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, popularly holding the title “God of Cricket” among his fans. Some commentators, such as former West Indian batsman Brian Lara, have labelled Tendulkar the greatest cricketer of all time. In 2002, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards. Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India’s highest sporting honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively, India’s fourth and second highest civilian awards. After a few hours of his final match on 16 November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. He is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
- Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in Tests, with 15,921 runs, as well as in One-Day Internationals, with 18,426 runs.
- He is the only player to score more than 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals).
- He also holds the record of the highest number of centuries in both Tests (51) and ODIs (49) as well as in Tests and ODIs combined (100).
- He also holds the world record for playing the highest number of Test matches (200) and ODI matches (463).
1. Rahul Dravid – 7 Times
Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Hailed as The Wall, Dravid was named one of the best five cricketers of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2000 and received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricketer to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.
- Dravid retired as the third highest run getter of all time in Test cricket with an aggregate of 13,288 runs from 164 matches at an average of 52.31 behind only Tendulkar who has scored 15,470 runs from 188 matches. Then, the record was broken by Jacques Kallis before his retirement.
- Dravid has registered 36 hundreds in his Test career. Only three cricketers have scored more hundreds than Dravid. Tendulkar (51), Kallis (43) and Ponting (41).
- Dravid has faced more deliveries and spent more time in the middle while batting than any other batsman in the history of Test cricket. Throughout his Test career, Dravid has faced 31,258 deliveries – a world record. No other batsman has faced even 30,000 deliveries.