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Top 10 Leading Test Run Scorers in Cricket | Read to find out who tops the list

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Test cricket, often dubbed the purest form of cricket, is an arena where all the cricketers aim to excel. It is believed that it is in this format of the game, that you are truly tested. Five grueling days of cricket tend to take a toll on your body as well as your mind. It is in this format of the game that numerous records have been made; and better yet, older records have been broken. Some of the most gifted and talented batsmen in the world have woven magic with their willow, accomplishing feats that will be remembered for years to come. So let us take a look at the top ten batsmen who are leading test run scorers.

Complete list of top 10 leading test run scorers

PlayerSpanMatInnsRunsHSAve100500
Sachin Tendulkar (INDIA)1989-201320032915921248*53.78516814
Ricky Ponting (AUS)1995-20121682871337825751.85416217
Jacques Kallis (ICC/SA)1995-20131662801328922455.37455816
Rahul Dravid (ICC/INDIA)1996-20121642861328827052.3136638
Alastair Cook (ENG)2006-20181612911247229445.3533579
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)2000-20151342331240031957.40385211
Brain Lara (ICC/WI)1990-200613123211953400*52.88344817
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)1994-201516428011867203*51.37306615
Mahela Jayawardene (SL)1997-20141492521181437449.84345015
Allan Border (AUS)1978-19941562651117420550.56276311

Allan Border

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Starting off the list we have the former Australian captain Allan Border on number 10 on the leading test run scorers list. Touted as one of the finest batsmen of his era, Border amassed a total of 11,174 runs throughout his career at an average of 50.56. He played a total of 156 matches in a career that spanned over 16 years. What’s worth mentioning here is his underrated and underused left-arm spin bowling which bought him 11 for 96 against West Indies once.       

Mahela Jayawardene

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This stylish right-handed batsman from Sri Lanka made an impact in cricket like no other. Apart from test cricket, he also features in the list of most runs in ODIs. He made his debut against India in 1997, and from there onwards, there was no looking back for him. He has 11,814 runs to his kitty from 149 matches at an average of 49.84. His highest ever score in test cricket came against South Africa, where he scored a mammoth 374 runs.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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At number eight on the list, we have Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the Guyanese-born left-handed batsman who played for the West Indies from 1994 to 2015. He was perhaps best known for his unorthodox batting stance but that did not prevent him from piling on runs. Shiv has scored a total of 11,867 runs from 164 matches at an average of 51.37. Furthermore, Chanderpaul was the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies.


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Brian Lara

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It is no surprise that Brian Lara has been featured on this list. This prolific batsman is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time to have ever played the game. And the feats he has managed to accomplish are a testament to that. Having made his debut way back in 1990 against Pakistan, the Caribbean legend has amassed 11,953 runs from 131 matches at an average of 52.88. It is also worth noting that the southpaw has registered the highest ever individual score in test cricket, having made 400 not out against England in 2004.

Kumar Sangakkara

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At number six we have another Sri Lankan legend: Kumar Sangakkara. Regarded as one of the greatest wicket keeper batsmen to have ever played the game. Sanga has amassed a total of 12,400 runs in test cricket. He has achieved this in 134 matches which have spanned over 15 years. What is even more impressive is his average of 57.40, which is the highest batting average amongst players to have played 100 test matches. His highest test score is 319.


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Alastair Cook

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Next, we have the former swashbuckling English captain, Alastair Cook. Renowned for his technically sound batting, he made his debut way back in 2006. Since then, he has scored a total of 12,472 runs from 161 matches at an average of 45.35. He has a high score of 294 against India. It is also worth noting that he is the only English Player to be featured in this list.

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Rahul Dravid

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Rahul Dravid occupies the fourth position in this list of leading test run scorers. Nicknamed “The Wall” because of his remarkable defensive play, Rahul has amassed a total of 13,288 runs from 164 matches at an impressive average of 52.31. He made his debut against England back in 1996 and kept on playing for the country till 2012 when he finally decided to hang his boots.


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Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis, leading test run scorers- KreedOn
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At number three we have Jacques Kallis, the former Proteas all-rounder widely regarded as, perhaps the greatest all-rounders of all time. Kallis has scored a total of 13,289 runs from 166 matches at an admirable average of 55.37. He also holds the record of scoring the most runs for South Africa in international Cricket. Kallis played his first test match in 1995 against England. The right-hander has bagged 292 wickets in tests. He has had a long career of 18 years (1995-2013). 

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting- leading test run scorers- KreedOn
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Next up on the list, we have former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of his era, Ponting has scored a total of 13,378 runs from 168 matches throughout his career, at an average of 51.85. Belonging to a time when the Australian team boasted of legends such as Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, and many more, Ponting made himself stand out with his consistent performances and his equally brilliant captaincy.

Sachin Tendulkar

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And topping the list of Top 10 Leading Test Run Scorers, we have our very own “Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Considered the greatest of all time, Sachin has achieved feats that were previously deemed unachievable. He has scored a staggering total of 15,921 runs from 200 matches at an equally impressive average of 53.78. Having made his debut way back in 1989, Sachin is the only player in the history of the game to have scored 100 international centuries across all formats. He scored 51 centuries and 58 half-centuries in the longest format of the game.


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