Stats: Five batsmen who played most Tests on trot after their debut

Sudipta / 18 December 2015

As the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka started at Seddon park, Hamilton captain Brendon McCullum has become holder on an interesting record. In the first Test of the series at University Oval, Dunedin McCullum has become the joint record holder of most sixes. He squared Adam Gilchrist’s record of 100 sixes, the most in the history Test cricket.

He is now playing 99th Test match of his career. Since his debut in 2004, McCullum, 34, did not miss a single Test. He surpassed South Africa’s AB de Villiers record of successive 98 Test matches. However, he now leads the list of elite cricketers Rahul Dravid, AB de Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist

The explosive New Zealand batsman started his career as a wicketkeeper-batsman. McCullum belongs to a small country where cricket is not the most followed game. It is the second most popular game, after, Rugby team. As a result, the flow of age group players coming into national team is extremely slow. But, those came to play for the country are talented and have the ability to play all round role in the match.

Records are set to be broken. But, McCullum’s record of successive 99 Test will be difficult to break for the future generation of cricketers as the injury is the biggest threat to any cricketers’ career.

South Africa’s former Test captain and current ODI captain AB de Villiers has played 98 Test after his debut without any hindrance.

In a five-day cricket where playing as a wicketkeeper always take a toll on the body. But, McCullum, with a well-built body has notched up this historic record.

With one Test left of this series, it is expected that he will also become the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive Test matches since debut.

McCullum came to the fore in international cricket as a hard-hitting specialist wicketkeeper-batsman. He scored his first hundred against Bangladesh in 2004. Half of his career he played under captain Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori, but when he got the captaincy from Ross Taylor his approach to the game has changed.

He instilled a fearless brand of cricket in New Zealand.  His leadership skill and intent to lead the team from the front inspired his team. With a bunch of talented cricketers, New Zealand has become a force to reckon with under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum.

Here is the list of batsmen who played most consecutive Tests after their debut

Name

Tests

Brendon McCullum

99*

AB de Villiers

98

Adam Gilchrist

96

Rahul Dravid

94

Sachin Tendulkar

94

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