Ever since the advent of limited-overs cricket, the average of players in Test cricket has always fascinated the cricket fans.
Considering the limited overs at the batsmen’s disposal in One-Day Internationals or T20 Internationals, the average of a majority of the players hover in the 30s in 50-over cricket and 20s in the shortest format of the game, very handful of players have managed to sustain a 40-plus average in these formats.
Though, the case has been a bit different in the longest format of the game where the players get ample overs to bat and improve their averages. Not surprisingly, a majority of the players average close to or more than 50 throughout their career.
However, there are few who despite being some of the greatest players to grace Test cricket did not manage to bow out of the game with an average of 50-plus. So here we are presenting to you five such great players who averaged less than 50 despite enjoying a stellar career.
5. VVS Laxman:
Part of India’s golden generation, Laxman played a major role along with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag in making India a force to reckon with in the longest format of the game.
Fondly remembered for his monumental knock of 281 runs against Australia at the historic Eden Gardens Test in 2001, inconsistency was the nemesis for the stylish batsman from Hyderabad, and perhaps that was the reason behind his career average of 49.37, despite being India’s fourth highest run-scorer in the longest format of the game.
He represented India in 134 Tests, scoring 8781 runs with the help of 17 centuries and 56 half-centuries.
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