Indeed, Test cricket had driven large crowds over the years. The quality of batting has further improved with equally competitive pitches on offer in the overseas conditions. Beyond dust bowls, there’s plenty of freedom for the batsmen to deliver. The players with most centuries in Test cricket have added a new flavor to the traditional format.
Interestingly, with bowlers playing the chin music, the batters have suffered a major series of body blows before walking out victorious.
Here’s the top ten list of batsmen with most centuries in Test cricket:
- Sachin Tendulkar – 51 Test tons:
In the top-flight cricket, Sachin Tendulkar managed to reap the rewards for his remarkable consistency with the bat. The former Team India batsman scored runs at his will. In addition to, he played a vital role at the top for his national team while donning the whites.
Scoring runs all-around the park, Tendulkar represented India in exactly 200 Tests which is a record. The veteran cricketer has 51 hundreds and 68 half-centuries to his name in 329 Test innings.
Overall, Tendulkar who is the leading Test run-getter amassed 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78. Also, he tops the chart of batsmen with most centuries in Test cricket.
2. Jacques Kallis – 45 Test tons:
You can’t keep the Proteas star Jacques Kallis out of any provided contest He proved his mettle by emerging as one of the best all-rounders–the South African have had ever produced.
The exquisite timer of the ball, Kallis amassed 13,289 runs at an average of 55.37. He further smashed 45 tons and 58 fifties in 280 Test innings.
Kallis had shouldered the responsibility often than not with the bat. He further paced up his innings as per the demand and that made him most threatening batsman in the world cricket.
3. Ricky Ponting – 41 tons:
Calm before the storm and to be honest, legendary Ricky Ponting was the man to absorb the pressure with such each. The experienced campaigner for Australia represented his national team in 168 Tests. He further registered 41 hundreds and 62 half-centuries in 287 Test innings.
While scoring at the highly-impressive average, Ponting further won hearts for his resilience and determination. The elegant right-handed batsman amassed 13,378 runs in 168 Tests at an average of 51.85.
4. Kumar Sangakkara – 38
Another familiar name among the cricketing circles is Kumar Sangakkara. The left-handed batsman has 38 hundred to his name in 134 Tests for Sri Lanka. Moreover, in 233 Test innings, Sangakkara amassed 12,400 runs at an average of 57.40.
Enterprising in his stroke-making, Sangakkara has been responsible for lifting the morale of the youngsters during his remarkable Test career.
5. Rahul Dravid – 36 Test tons:
Rahul Dravid, who is now nursing the young crop of Indian cricketers did a pretty good job while donning whites for his National Team. The quality batsman of his time Dravid further represented the country in 164 Tests. He amassed 13,288 runs at an average of 57.40.
The right-handed batsman Dravid has 36 Test tons to his name in 286 Test innings. He further garnered 63 half-centuries. Playing alongside Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, Dravid walked out as one of the stalwarts of the game for Team India.
6. Younis Khan – 34 Test tons:
Younis Khan had to weather the criticism from all corners. The leading Test run-getter from Pakistan played 118 Tests before retiring from the five-day format in May 2017. He played his farewell alongside former Pakistan National Cricket Team skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq against the Windies at Roseau.
Known for rotating the strike to take off the pressure early on, Younis further converted his starts into big ones. He has 34 hundred and 33 half-centuries to his name in 213 Test innings.
Interestingly, Younis scored 10099 Test runs at an average of 52.05.
7. Sunil Gavaskar – 34 Test tons:
Another great in the form of Sunil Gavaskar has graced the list of players with most centuries in Test cricket. Gavaskar smashed 34 hundred in 125 Tests. He is listed seventh among batsmen with most centuries in Test cricket.
Apart from it, the elegant top-order batsman, Gavaskar struck 45 fifties in 214 Test innings. Overall, he scored 10122 runs at an average of 51.12.
Having the go-slow approach, Gavaskar played balls according to its merit. At the same time, he scored runs at a pace to put pressure right back on to the opposition.
8. Brian Lara – 34 Test tons:
Lara has amassed 11953 runs at an average of 52.88 in 323 Test innings. The former Windies captain has also set an innings individual score record. His unbeaten 400 came against quality England way back in 2004.
Lara, who instilled fear among the spinners as well, was further entertaining himself by playing a marathon of knocks.
9. Mahela Jayawardene – 34 Test tons:
There have been many things that batters aim to accomplish over the years. So, did former Sri Lanka National Cricket Team skipper Mahela Jayawardene. He represented the Island Nation in 149 Tests which further saw him amassing 11814 runs at an average of 49.84.
The star left-handed batsman Jayawardene smashed 34 hundred and 48 fifties after featuring in 252 Test innings. He is among the batsmen with most centuries in Test cricket.
Furthermore, Jayawardene represented Lions between 19997 and 2004.
10. Alastair Cook – 33 Test tons:
The southpaw had faced a tough time during his Test career, but he didn’t set off his foot. Cook amassed 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35 in 161 Tests.
Overall, in 291 Test innings, Cook smashed 33 hundred and 57 half-centuries. He wraps the list of top ten batsmen with most centuries in Test cricket.
Cook’s Test career started on a bright note when he smashed a fine century against India, before doing the same against the Virat Kohli-led Team India at the Oval. He has been such a character to look at in the red-ball cricket.
Here’s the table of batsmen with most centuries in Test cricket:
|1||SR Tendulkar (INDIA)||200||329||15921||53.78||51|
|2||JH Kallis (ICC/SA)||166||280||13289||55.37||45|
|3||RT Ponting (AUS)||168||287||13378||51.85||41|
|4||KC Sangakkara (SL)||134||233||12400||57.4||38|
|5||R Dravid (ICC/INDIA)||164||286||13288||52.31||36|
|6||Younis Khan (PAK)||118||213||10099||52.05||34|
|7||SM Gavaskar (INDIA)||125||214||10122||51.12||34|
|8||BC Lara (ICC/WI)||131||232||11953||52.88||34|
|9||DPMD Jayawardene (SL)||149||252||11814||49.84||34|
|10||AN Cook (ENG)||161||291||12472||45.35||33|
|11||SR Waugh (AUS)||168||260||10927||51.06||32|
|12||ML Hayden (AUS)||103||184||8625||50.73||30|
|13||S Chanderpaul (WI)||164||280||11867||51.37||30|
|14||DG Bradman (AUS)||52||80||6996||99.94||29|
|15||MJ Clarke (AUS)||115||198||8643||49.1||28|
|16||HM Amla (SA)||119||205||9022||47.23||28|
|17||GC Smith (ICC/SA)||117||205||9265||48.25||27|
|18||AR Border (AUS)||156||265||11174||50.56||27|
|19||GS Sobers (WI)||93||160||8032||57.78||26|
|20||V Kohli (INDIA)||75||128||6508||54.23||25|
|22||GS Chappell (AUS)||87||151||7110||53.86||24|
|23||Mohammad Yousuf (PAK)||90||156||7530||52.29||24|
|24||IVA Richards (WI)||121||182||8540||50.23||24|
|25||SPD Smith (AUS)||64||117||6199||61.37||23|
|26||V Sehwag (ICC/INDIA)||104||180||8586||49.34||23|
|27||KP Pietersen (ENG)||104||181||8181||47.28||23|
|28||JL Langer (AUS)||105||182||7696||45.27||23|
|29||Javed Miandad (PAK)||124||189||8832||52.57||23|
|30||WR Hammond (ENG)||85||140||7249||58.45||22|
|31||M Azharuddin (INDIA)||99||147||6215||45.03||22|
|32||MC Cowdrey (ENG)||114||188||7624||44.06||22|
|33||AB de Villiers (SA)||114||191||8765||50.66||22|
|34||G Boycott (ENG)||108||193||8114||47.72||22|
|35||IR Bell (ENG)||118||205||7727||42.69||22|
|36||RN Harvey (AUS)||79||137||6149||48.41||21|
|37||DA Warner (AUS)||74||137||6363||48.2||21|
|38||G Kirsten (SA)||101||176||7289||45.27||21|
|39||AJ Strauss (ENG)||100||178||7037||40.91||21|
|40||DC Boon (AUS)||107||190||7422||43.65||21|
|41||KF Barrington (ENG)||82||131||6806||58.67||20|
|42||PA de Silva (SL)||93||159||6361||42.97||20|
|43||ME Waugh (AUS)||128||209||8029||41.81||20|
|44||GA Gooch (ENG)||118||215||8900||42.58||20|
|45||KS Williamson (NZ)||69||123||5815||51.91||19|
|46||MEK Hussey (AUS)||79||137||6235||51.52||19|
|47||L Hutton (ENG)||79||138||6971||56.67||19|
|48||CH Lloyd (WI)||110||175||7515||46.67||19|
|49||CG Greenidge (WI)||108||185||7558||44.72||19|
|50||MA Taylor (AUS)||104||186||7525||43.49||19|
|51||MP Vaughan (ENG)||82||147||5719||41.44||18|
|52||DL Haynes (WI)||116||202||7487||42.29||18|
|53||DI Gower (ENG)||117||204||8231||44.25||18|
|54||DCS Compton (ENG)||78||131||5807||50.06||17|
|55||MD Crowe (NZ)||77||131||5444||45.36||17|
|56||AC Gilchrist (AUS)||96||137||5570||47.6||17|
|57||LRPL Taylor (NZ)||89||159||6456||46.11||17|
|58||DB Vengsarkar (INDIA)||116||185||6868||42.13||17|
|59||VVS Laxman (INDIA)||134||225||8781||45.97||17|
|60||H Sutcliffe (ENG)||54||84||4555||60.73||16|
|61||CA Pujara (INDIA)||66||111||5127||49.77||16|
|62||TM Dilshan (SL)||87||145||5492||40.98||16|
|63||RB Richardson (WI)||86||146||5949||44.39||16|
|64||MS Atapattu (SL)||90||156||5502||39.02||16|
|65||GP Thorpe (ENG)||100||179||6744||44.66||16|
|66||SC Ganguly (INDIA)||113||188||7212||42.17||16|
|67||MA Atherton (ENG)||115||212||7728||37.69||16|
|68||CL Walcott (WI)||44||74||3798||56.68||15|
|69||ED Weekes (WI)||48||81||4455||58.61||15|
|70||JB Hobbs (ENG)||61||102||5410||56.94||15|
|71||KD Walters (AUS)||74||125||5357||48.26||15|
|72||Azhar Ali (PAK)||70||133||5610||44.88||15|
|73||RB Kanhai (WI)||79||137||6227||47.53||15|
|74||JE Root (ENG)||77||141||6508||50.44||15|
|75||Saleem Malik (PAK)||103||154||5768||43.69||15|
|76||RR Sarwan (WI)||87||154||5842||40.01||15|
|77||CH Gayle (WI)||103||182||7214||42.18||15|
|78||AJ Stewart (ENG)||133||235||8463||39.54||15|
*The stats for most centuries in Test cricket were updated on December 23, 2018.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor