October 29, 2008

Record-holders for most number of Test runs

A summary of the record holders for the most runs in Tests

Holders of the record for most Test runs
From Match Number Player Tests Record Held Final Runs Starting Days Record Held
1 C Bannerman 4 239 19/03/1877 1752
5 G Ulyett 11 676 04/01/1882 952
16 WL Murdoch 8 860 13/08/1884 731
24 A Shrewsbury 43 1277 14/08/1886 5641
67 J Darling 1 1293 23/01/1902 26
68 SE Gregory 3 1366 18/02/1902 116
71 AC MacLaren 3 1531 14/06/1902 42
74 C Hill 84 3412 26/07/1902 8374
158 JB Hobbs 102 5410 27/12/1924 4567
260 WR Hammond 414 7249 29/06/1937 12209
674 MC Cowdrey 21 7459 02/12/1970 482
695 GStA Sobers 219 8032 28/03/1972 3562
914 G Boycott 53 8114 28/12/1981 688
967 SM Gavaskar 248 10122 16/11/1983 3392
1215 AR Border 558 11174 28/02/1993 4657
1773 Brian Lara 116 11953 29/11/2005 1057
1889 SR Tendulkar 1 12037 21/10/2008 -

This offering is less an analysis than a useful table to ensure you dominate at quiz nights. Alternatively, you may be able to impress your workmates at a tea break with your far-reaching knowledge. Questions you will now be able to answer include:

  • Who has held the record for the longest time? (Wally Hammond)
  • Who has held the record for the most number of Tests? (Allan Border)
  • Which player held the record for just one Test? (Joe Darling)
  • How many players have held the record? (seventeen)
  • How many players held the record in the 1902 calendar year? (five)
  • Who was the only player to hold the record posthumously? (Hammond)
  • How many currenly-living players have held the record? (six)
  • Which country has provided the most players to hold the record? (England, seven)

Note: The dates used are the dates of the last day of the Test in which the record was achieved, rather than the actual date on which it was achieved.

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  • testli5504537 on June 18, 2010, 12:48 GMT

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  • testli5504537 on March 22, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is a great batsman where as Brian Lara was a classic batsman.Choice is yours

  • testli5504537 on March 21, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    All these facts might be true, but I'm sure that Tendulkar has no rival when it comes to being the victim of the "umpiring conspiracies". Apparently there is a concerted attempt to keep the scores of these mentioned players close enough so when the older one retires his record will be easily broken.

  • testli5504537 on December 23, 2008, 11:39 GMT

    interesting that Sir Donald Bradman never held the record even though he played in the same era as Hammond. How close did he get as his final agg was 6996 and Hammonds was 7249

    Ric's comment: Bradman, with ten Tests still to play (although he wouldn't have known this!) had 5773 runs when Hammond finished his 7249 runs. Even though Bradman scored 1223 runs in those last 10 Tests, it wasn't sufficient to bridge the gap. Hammond started his Test career before Bradman, and therefore got a headstart on Bradman, but Bradman did catch him, and between February and December 1932 actually had more Test runs than Hammond. But Hobbs was way ahead at that stage, and with Hammond playing more Tests in the mid-1930s than Bradman, drew away from him again.

  • testli5504537 on December 20, 2008, 0:48 GMT

    Cab anyone please tell me if it's possible to take advantage of CricInfo StatsGuru query interface to figure out how many time Saching Tendulkar has been OUT in test cricket for a run between 0 -19 and 20-49. I will consider first one as very bad and the second one as not-so-good score for him. Eventually I would like to use similar queries for Brian Lara, Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar and others. This statistics will give a percentage of a player's bad innings and average innings whenever the batsman walked to the pitch with a bat. It should be a very interesting data!

    If Ananth is interested to do analysis on this area, I would appreciate him so much.

  • testli5504537 on December 17, 2008, 23:19 GMT

    And now we have Tendulkar's 103 not out match winning knock against England to chase the fourth highest run in Chennai December 2008. This innings can be compared and kept in the level with any of the best test innings ever played.


  • testli5504537 on November 30, 2008, 9:28 GMT

    Lara masterpiece innings are 400 not out, 375, 277, 226, 221+130 same test, 213 and 153 not out. As we compare him with Tendulkar, he never manage innings which we can compare with these innings of Lara. Even Sir Vivian Richard never manage any double hundred at home in test and Sir Garry Sober never manage any double hundred at opponent’s home in test matches. Although both are the two greatest batsmen in history, no doubt about it. Lara scored four double hundreds at home and five at opponent’s home, which is more than any test batsman except Bradman. Lara scored 82 fifty plus innings in 232 innings, it means that we can compare it with Steve Waugh also managed 82 fifty plus innings in career in 260 innings. In which 16 innings are 80 to 99, 16times Tendulkar did. Then 34 are centuries, we can compare it with Gavaskar as he has also scored 34 centuries in test cricket in 214 innings. In 34 centuries, 19 innings are +150, which we can compare it with Tendulkar, 17 times he did.

  • testli5504537 on November 4, 2008, 7:45 GMT

    Tendulkar is the highest runs gutter in Test cricket now. He crossed Lara and achieved this feat. What about the inconsistency of Lara or Tendulkar, it is amazing that both have the same tendency of inconsistency in Test cricket. Lara scored 97 innings from 0 - 19 runs means in his every hundred innings, he scored almost 42 innings of very low scores. Tendulkar scored 104 innings from 0 - 19 runs range means he scored almost 42 innings out of hundred innings of very low scored. In last 51 test matches Lara scored 5410 runs with the help of 19 centuries and 15 half centuries. In last 51 test matches Tendulkar scored 3653 runs with the help of 9 centuries and 17 half centuries.

  • testli5504537 on November 3, 2008, 21:24 GMT

    Statistics show that Tendulkar has outperformed Lara in ODIs, but I rate Lara as a better batsman because test cricket is the real deal. Lara dominates and controls the game more than Tendulkar. If we take away the scores of 400 no and 375, Lara's best score was 277 against the mighty Australians. Tendulkar's average is higher because of the not outs, but if a team needs someone to score a century and bring home a match, that person would definitely be Lara.Statistics can also be used to suggest that Lara tends to go beyond the 150 mark more often than anyone due to his powers of concentration, and his unlimited stroke play. People may say that consistency personified is Sachin, but what is consistency really? Is it just the ability to just score 100, or is it the ability to mass produce great innings, great runs in general? Lara,in bad form, stills scores a fifty or two or even the odd century, Sachin hardly makes when in bad form.Lara took less matches to get record, so, he is #1.

  • testli5504537 on November 3, 2008, 20:16 GMT

    Tendulkar is now history maker of test runs now but Lara scored nine double hundred in which three double centuries against Australia and two of them at their home grounds and two triple centuries against England in which one is quadruple, two against Sri Lanka and against Pakistan and South Africa one each, what a unique feat! Tendulkar (17 times) will soon break another record of Lara that is 19 times 150 or 150 plus inning in test cricket. Some people are saying that we cannot compare him with Sir Vivian Richard (no doubt, one of the best batsmen in test cricket) but he manage 150 or 150 plus inning seven times in test cricket only whereas Tendulkar managed it seventeen times. When we compare both players, this a plus point for Tendulkar. One more record that Tendulkar is missing that is double centuries against five different test playing nation as he was not out at 194 against Pakistan in 2004 and captain declared the inning (might be in favor of his team)

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