Most Runs In Test Cricket

Most Runs In Test Cricket

Test cricket is the toughest form of cricket. It tests batsmen’s skills in every way, like how well they hit the ball, how strong their minds are, and how they handle pressure. Over the years, many great batsmen have graced the game and have scored a lot of runs in test cricket.

The batsman with the most runs in Test cricket is Sachin Tendulkar from India. He scored a staggering 15,921 runs across his impressive 200 Test matches.

Most Runs In Test Cricket History

Here are the top 10 batsmen with the Highest runs in Test cricket:

10. Joe Root – England (2012-2024)

Joe Root - England (2012-2024)

Joe Root, England’s modern-day maestro, continues to make significant contributions to Test cricket since his debut in 2012. With 11,452 runs in 137 matches (and counting), Root boasts an average of 49.79.

His highest score of 254, combined with 30 centuries and 60 half-centuries, positions Root as one of England’s leading batsmen in contemporary cricket.

9. Mahela Jayawardene – Sri Lanka (1997-2014)

Mahela Jayawardene - Sri Lanka (1997-2014)

Mahela Jayawardene left an indelible mark on Test cricket from 1997 to 2014. Playing 149 matches, he accumulated 11,814 runs at an average of 49.84.

Jayawardene’s highest score of 374, along with 34 centuries and 50 half-centuries, showcased his elegance and contribution to Sri Lankan cricket.

8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul – West Indies (1994-2015)

Shivnarine Chanderpaul - West Indies (1994-2015)

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the Guyanese rock, showcased remarkable resilience during his Test career from 1994 to 2015.

In 164 matches, he scored 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37. Chanderpaul’s highest score of unbeaten 203 runs, combined with 30 centuries and 66 half-centuries, highlighted his ability to anchor the West Indies’ batting lineup.

7. Brian Lara – West Indies (1990-2006)

Brian Lara - West Indies (1990-2006)

Brian Lara enthralled cricket fans from 1990 to 2006. Playing 131 Tests, Lara scored 11,953 runs at an average of 52.88.

His monumental highest score of 400*, coupled with 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries, established Lara as one of the most iconic batsmen in Test cricket.

6. Kumar Sangakkara – Sri Lanka (2000-2015)

Kumar Sangakkara - Sri Lanka (2000-2015)

Kumar Sangakkara, the stylish left-hander batsman, played Test cricket for Sri Lanka from 2000 to 2015. In 134 matches, he accumulated 12,400 runs at an exceptional average of 57.4.

Sangakkara’s highest score of 319, along with 38 centuries and 52 half-centuries, reflected his elegance and consistency at the crease.

5. Alastair Cook – England (2006-2018)

Alastair Cook - England (2006-2018)

Alastair Cook contributed significantly to his team’s success from 2006 to 2018. Playing 161 Tests, Cook amassed 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35.

His highest score of 294, along with 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries, showcased his resilience and ability to anchor the innings.

4. Rahul Dravid – India (1996-2012)

Rahul Dravid - India (1996-2012)

Rahul Dravid, known as “The Wall” for his impregnable defense, graced Test cricket from 1996 to 2012. In 164 matches, he amassed 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31.

Dravid’s highest score of 270, coupled with 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries, solidified his reputation as one of India’s cricketing stalwarts.

3. Jacques Kallis – South Africa (1995-2013)

Jacques Kallis - South Africa (1995-2013)

Jacques Kallis showcased his prowess as both a batsman and a bowler. From 1995 to 2013, Kallis played 166 Tests, accumulating 13,289 runs at an impressive average of 55.37.

With a highest score of 224, Kallis notched up 45 centuries and 58 half-centuries, leaving an indomitable legacy in the cricketing world.

2. Ricky Ponting – Australia (1995-2012)

Ricky Ponting - Australia (1995-2012)

Ricky Ponting, the Australian run machine, played 168 Test matches from 1995 to 2012. With 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85, Ponting’s aggressive style and impeccable technique left an indelible mark on cricket.

His highest score of 257 and 41 centuries, along with 62 half-centuries, underscored his dominance and consistency in the longest format of the game.

1. Sachin Tendulkar – India (1989-2013)

Sachin Tendulkar - India (1989-2013)

Sachin Tendulkar, “The Little Master,” had an illustrious Test cricket career spanning from 1989 to 2013. In 200 matches, he amassed a staggering 15,921 runs with an impressive average of 53.78.

Tendulkar’s highest score, an unbeaten 248, showcased his incredible skill and endurance. The Indian maestro recorded an astonishing 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries during his cricketing journey, solidifying his status as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport.

List Of Most Runs In Test Cricket | Top 50 Batsmen

Sr. No.PlayerSpanMatInnsRuns
1Sachin Tendulkar (IND)1989-201320032915921
2Ricky Ponting (AUS)1995-201216828713378
3JH Kallis (ICC/SA)1995-201316628013289
4Rahul Dravid (ICC/IND)1996-201216428613288
5Alastair Cook (ENG)2006-201816129112472
6Kumar Sangakkara (SL)2000-201513423312400
7Brian Lara (ICC/WI)1990-200613123211953
8S Chanderpaul (WI)1994-201516428011867
9Mahela Jayawardene (SL)1997-201414925211814
10Joe Root (ENG)2012-202313524711416
11AR Border (AUS)1978-199415626511174
12Steve Waugh (AUS)1985-200416826010927
13Sunil Gavaskar (IND)1971-198712521410122
14Younis Khan (PAK)2000-201711821310099
15SPD Smith (AUS)2010-20231021819320
16HM Amla (SA)2004-20191242159282
17GC Smith (ICC/SA)2002-20141172059265
18GA Gooch (ENG)1975-19951182158900
19Javed Miandad (PAK)1976-19931241898832
20Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/PAK)1992-20071202008830
21VVS Laxman (IND)1996-20121342258781
22AB de Villiers (SA)2004-20181141918765
23V Kohli (IND)2011-20231111878676
24MJ Clarke (AUS)2004-20151151988643
25ML Hayden (AUS)1994-20091031848625
26V Sehwag (ICC/IND)2001-20131041808586
27IVA Richards (WI)1974-19911211828540
28DA Warner (AUS)2011-20231091998487
29AJ Stewart (ENG)1990-20031332358463
30KS Williamson (NZ)2010-202396*1678252
31DI Gower (ENG)1978-19921172048231
32KP Pietersen (ENG)2005-20141041818181
33G Boycott (ENG)1964-19821081938114
34GS Sobers (WI)1954-1974931608032
35ME Waugh (AUS)1991-20021282098029
36MA Atherton (ENG)1989-20011152127728
37IR Bell (ENG)2004-20151182057727
38JL Langer (AUS)1993-20071051827696
39LRPL Taylor (NZ)2007-20221121967683
40MC Cowdrey (ENG)1954-19751141887624
41CG Greenidge (WI)1974-19911081857558
42Mohammad Yousuf (PAK)1998-2010901567530
43MA Taylor (AUS)1989-19991041867525
44CH Lloyd (WI)1966-19851101757515
45DL Haynes (WI)1978-19941162027487
46DC Boon (AUS)1984-19961071907422
47AD Mathews (SL)2009-20231061887361
48G Kirsten (SA)1993-20041011767289
49WR Hammond (ENG)1927-1947851407249
50CH Gayle (WI)2000-20141031827214

Data Source: ESPN Cricinfo

Top 10 Batsmen With Most Runs In Test Cricket In 2022:

Sr. No.PlayerSpanMatInnsRuns
1Babar Azam (PAK)2022-20229171184
2JE Root (ENG)2022-202215271098
3UT Khawaja (AUS)2022-202211201080
4JM Bairstow (ENG)2022-202210191061
5M Labuschagne (AUS)2022-20221119957
6SPD Smith (AUS)2022-20221118876
7BA Stokes (ENG)2022-20221526870
8Z Crawley (ENG)2022-20221529844
9Imam-ul-Haq (PAK)2022-2022816837
10Abdullah Shafique (PAK)2022-2022918823

Top 10 Batsmen With Most Runs In Test In 2016:

Sr. No.PlayerSpanMatInnsRuns
1Joe Root (ENG)2016-201617321477
2JM Bairstow (ENG)2016-201617291470
3AN Cook (ENG)2016-201617331270
4V Kohli (IND)2016-201612181215
5Azhar Ali (PAK)2016-201611221198
6SPD Smith (AUS)2016-201611181079
7MM Ali (ENG)2016-201617291078
8BA Stokes (ENG)2016-20161221904
9CA Pujara (IND)2016-20161116836
10UT Khawaja (AUS)2016-20161016753

Top 10 Batsmen With Most Runs In Test In 2021:

Sr. No.PlayerSpanMatInnsRuns
1Joe Root (ENG)2021-202115291708
2Rohit Sharma (IND)2021-20211121906
3FDM Karunaratne (SL)2021-2021713902
4RR Pant (IND)2021-20211221748
5CA Pujara (IND)2021-20211426702
6Abid Ali (PAK)2021-2021915695
7Litton Das (BAN)2021-2022813680
8KC Brathwaite (WI)2021-20211020675
9HDRL Thirimanne (SL)2021-2021713659
10KR Mayers (WI)2021-20211020636


These players didn’t just score runs; they showed determination, style, and skill. Their records, like Brian Lara’s huge score of 400 or Joe Root and Virat Kohli’s recent contributions, tell stories of cricket greatness.

As we celebrate these cricket heroes, we also look forward to the new players who will carry on the tradition. Test cricket’s magic lives on through these records, showing us the timeless beauty of the game we all love.

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