Stats: Running between the wickets (in Kms) of cricketers

Sudipta / 02 January 2016

There was a time when cricket used to play without boundaries. The measures of the boundary were advertisement board which used to divide the ground and stands. It was hard to get a boundary for players as boundaries were too long, so non-striker and non-striker used frantically run between the wicket. They wanted to pile up enough runs from the stroke. There used to be a corner on television broadcasting where it was shown that batsmen were rushing for runs while in another broad corner fielders were chasing the ball to prevent a boundary.

But, everything has changed because of small boundaries  where batsmen found easy to clear the rope.

However, I am not discussing boundaries and sixes hit by batsmen but the distance covered by a batsman running between the wicket. Some of them literally run in their cricketing careers. 22 yards is an iconic figure in the world and history of cricket, but very rarely has it been translated into the legwork put in by batters over the years.

One of the finest batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan who was not known for athleticism has played most of the career in the big boundaries ground. He was stout, his hilarious run outs used to make people laugh. But, he is one of the batsmen who covered a long distance in his career.

So who has covered the longest distance in their batting careers? Who has done the most marathons in their batting careers? Who has filled each unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run? The answer, I assure, will surprise you.

The all-time chart, including Tests, ODIs, and T20 internationals is not so different from the top run scorer of all time

*KM – Kilometers
*mpi – meters per innings

Overall

Batsmen

Teams

Overall running between the wickets covered

Brian Lara

West Indies and ICC

214. 40 km/412 mpi

Inzamam ul Haq

Pakistan/Asia/ICC

223.69/406 mpi

Steve Waugh

Australia

224.30 km/ 409 mpi

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

West Indies

242.81 km/439 mpi

Rahul Dravid

India/Asia/ICC

269.53 km/ 446 mpi

Jacques Kallis

South Africa/Africa/ICC

285.50 km/463 mpi

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka/ Asia

286.13/  395 mpi

Ricky Ponting

Australia/ICC

299.45 km/ 448 mpi

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka/Asia/ICC

301.84 km/453 mpi

Sachin Tendulkar

India

331.36/424 mpi

 

In the 1990’s when modern cricket boomed after a series of experiments nothing was compromised with boundaries. Rainbow jersey, cricket under flood light were introduced to popularize the game. Sanath Jayasuriya was different from amongst the legends who debuted in 1990’s. He was hard hitting opener from Sri Lanka. His shot used to clean the rope often. But he had run less than former Australian captain Steve Waugh. Another significant name in the list is Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was prone to run out. But, this maestro from Multan has run over 223 kilometers in his illustrious career. Inzamam’s countrymate Javed Miandad was 9 kilometers behind of him. Younis Khan, who is the highest run scorer for Pakistan Test, is the longest runner among active players, is a good 29 km behind of Inzamam.

 Test

Player

Teams

Overall running between the wickets covered

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lankan

118.71 km/ 471 mpi

Sunil Gavaskar

India

118.75 km/555mpi

Steve Waugh

Australia

122.87 km/ 473 mpi

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka

123.34 km/ 529 mpi

Allan Border

Australia

128 km/483 mpi

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

West Indies

131 km/ 483 mpi

Rahul Dravid

ICC/India

131.71 km/461 mpi

Jacques Kallis

South Africa/ICC

135.91 km/ 485 mpi

Ricky Ponting

Australia

138.91 km/ 484 mpi

Sachin Tendulkar

India

146.37/445 mpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only two players have run over 300kms. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara over their 24 aand 15 years long respective career had run 331 km and 302 km repectively. That means they have covered 15,000 times from one striking end to non striker end. In this list, the significant thing is that Sachin Tendulkar is the only player who has scored more runs from boundaries than by running alongg with Lara.

In terms of marathons Allan Border, Miandad, Lara, Inzamam, Steve Waugh and Chanderpaul have run 5 marathons while Rahul Dravid, Kallis and Jayawardene crossed 6 but fell short of Tendulkar, Sangakkara and Ponting, who have done more than 7 each, with Tendulkar falling 5 km short of 8 boundaries.

However, you can’t think batsman wanted to play slow and steady to accumulate runs, have seen people running a longer distance than ODIs. Tendulkar ran almost 185 km in ODIs, compared to 146 km in Tests. Inzamam really comes into his own in ODIs, running 140 km, which were unfortunately accompanied by 40 run outs, compared to just 83 km and 6 run outs in Tests.

West Indies batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Border and Sunil Gavaskar from the Top 10 Test tally are replaced by Inzamam, Azhardurddin Mohmmad Yousuf and Aravinda de Silva on the ODI tally. Sri Lankan batting legends Sangakkara and Jayawardene move up the table with 164 km and 155 km under their betls respectively, while Dravid’s 137 km in ODIs are almost matched by his 131 km in Tests.

ODI

Player  

Teams  

Overall running between the wickets covered

PA de Silva

Sri Lanka

117.18 km/396 mpi

Mohammad Yousuf

Pakistan/Asia

121.52 km/445 mpi

Mohammad Azharuddin

India

129.33 km/420 mpi

Rahul Dravid

India/Asia/ ICC

137.56 km/433 mpi

Inzamam ul Haq

Pakistan/Asia

140.66 km/402 mpi

Jacques Kallis

South Africa/ Africa/ ICC

143.11 km/456 mpi

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lankan/Asia

155.29 km/371 mpi

Ricky Ponting

Australia/ICC

157.10 km/430 mpi

Kumar Sangakkara

Asia/ ICC/Sri Lanka

164.30 km/432 mpi

Sachin Tendulkar

India

184.94 km/409 mpi

 

Meanwhile, unsripingly the distances are rather smaller. Brendon McCullum, the only player with 2 T20I centuries, leads the way with 16 km, just 5 short of a half marathon. Apart from him, only 15 players have run 10 km while JP Duminy and Umar Akmal follow with 15 km and 14 km repsectively.

Only two players in the top 10 have shown adaptability across the formats.

To make things more interesting, this list of players have run the most per innings on average. This is completely a different sight. Tendulkar runs just 424 metres per innings (mpi). In the overall index, Kallis leads the chart. He covered 463 mpi, followed by Sangakkara with a brisk 453 mpi. Of the top 10 Jayawardene seems to be the laziest with just 395 mpi, lagging behind Inzamam with 406 mpi.

In T20Is with a qualification of at least 25 innings played, Virat Kohli tops the charts with a comparatively staggering 326 mpi, followed by Faf du Plessis and Kevin Pietersen with 266 mpi and 284 mpi respectively.

T20

Player

Teams

Overall running between the wickets covered

Ross Taylor

New Zealand

11.61 km/ 200mpi

Martin Guptill

New Zealand

11.67 km/233 mpi

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka

12.13 km/221 mpi

Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan

12.47 km/189 mpi

Shoaib Malik

Pakistan

13.40 km/213 mpi

TM Dilshan

Sri Lanka

13.68 km/210 mpi

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka

14.20 km/ 268 mpi

Umar Akmal

Pakistan

14.79 km/228 mpi

JP Duminy

South Africa

15.41 km/266 mpi

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

16.06 km/229 mpi

 

Stats credit: Holding Willey 

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