Fastest 10,000 Runs in Test: Test cricket is the most legendary format of cricket. As the name suggests, the format tests the will, patience, and resilience of a player. Not only is it the most challenging format but is also intriguing in its way. Over the years many players have been able to achieve a significant list of milestones in their career be it scoring runs, tons, or wickets. In this article, we unravel the fastest batsmen to hit 10,000 runs in test cricket.
Fastest Players to Score 10000 Test Runs
|1||Brian Lara||West Indies||111||195|
|3||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||115||195|
|7||Mahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||127||210|
|9||Jacques Kallis||South Africa||129||217|
|13||Shivnarine Chanderpaul||West Indies||140||239|
1. Brian Lara
Former West Indian cricketer Brian Lara is the fastest cricketer to reach 10,000 runs in test cricket. The left-hander is one of the finest batsmen in his country. Lara holds the record for achieving the 10000 runs milestone in just 111 matches and 195 innings. The former skipper had a total of 11953 runs in his test career.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Known as the ‘God of cricket,’ Sachin Tendulkar has almost every formidable batting milestone to his name. The former Indian batsman is the fastest player from his country to pass the 10000 runs milestone and the second fastest in the world. Sachin played a total of 122 matches and 195 innings to cross this gigantic scoreline of runs. The little master has a total of 15921 runs in total in the game’s longest format.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara tasted great success in all formats of cricket, let alone tests. The left-hander reached the 10000 runs milestone in 115 matches and 195 innings and has scored 12400 runs overall in his test career.
4. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting was a nightmare for every bowler in test cricket. His confident and avant-garde style of batting often destroyed the bowlers. The former Australian skipper is the fastest player from his country to score 10000 runs in test cricket and fourth-fastest in the world. Ponting took a total of 118 matches and 196 innings to cross the milestone and has 13378 runs in test cricket.
5. Rahul Dravid
Known as ‘the Wall’ of cricket, Rahul Dravid was a master at toiling and frustrating the bowlers whenever he used to hit the crease. His innings where he went 40 balls without a run is still remembered by many cricketing fans across the globe. However, the former Indian skipper did not keep himself aloof from scoring timely runs either. Dravid is the second-fastest player from his country to get past 10,000 runs in test cricket. Dravid was able to achieve this milestone in no less than 118 matches and 196 innings with a total of 13288 runs to his name.
6. Younis Khan
Former Pakistani player Younis Khan is the fastest player from his country to cross the 10,000-run milestone. Younis Khan’s positive intent in challenging situations would often fuel his team with a lot of fighting spirit. The former skipper of his country crossed the mark in 116 matches in 208 innings with a total run count of 10099 runs in test cricket.
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7. Mahela Jayawardene
Right-hand batsman Mahela Jayawardene was one of the greatest test batsmen of his time. The former Sri Lankan cricketer had played some of the most illustrious innings in his career. Jayawardene was an outstanding example of how a player could handle pressure in make-or-break situations. In test cricket, Jayawardene reached the 10000-run milestone in 127 matches and 210 innings with a total of 11814 runs.
8. Sunil Gavaskar
Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar had a pivotal role in laying the foundation of cricket in India. The former Indian player is the third player to reach 10,000 runs in test cricket. Interestingly, Gavaskar is also the first Indian batsman to reach this milestone. Gavaskar played a total of 124 matches and 212 innings to complete this milestone and had 10122 runs.
9. Jacques Kallis
Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been one of the most sensational players for his country. Kallis holds many records for the game’s longest format which also includes his being the fastest player from his country to reach 10000 runs in test cricket. Kallis crossed the 10000-run mark in 129 matches and 217 innings with a total of 13289 runs in the bank.
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10. Joe Root
English cricketer Joe Root is currently the only active player who features in the list. Root is also the fastest player from his country to cross the 10000-run mark. The right-hander is known for his elegant and gracious style of playing. Root took 118 matches and 218 innings to register this record to his name. In test cricket, Root is currently at 11416 runs and counting.