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Batsmen with Most Centuries in Test Cricket 

Batsmen with Most Centuries in Test Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar is known for his copybook style. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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:

  1. 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:

Windies stalwart Brian Lara has 34 Test tons to his name in 131 Tests before announcing his retirement. The left-handed batsman further went on to smash 48 fifties to strengthen his cricketing CV.

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:

England Cricket Team’s former skipper Alastair Cook is placed tenth on the list of players with most centuries in Test cricket.

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:

Serial No. Player Matches Innings Runs Average 100
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
21 Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/PAK) 120 200 8830 49.6 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.

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