10 Best Test Batsman of All Time In Cricket History


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Test cricket is the oldest, longest, and toughest format of cricket and is played among full member countries of ICC. This format of cricket tests the resilience, determination, patience, stamina, and technical skills of a player. In short, Test cricket is an overall Test of a player.

A Test match consists of 4 innings, which may last for a maximum of 5 days. Such a long match gruels a player mentally and physically. But, Test cricket is losing its craze since an outcome might not come after 5 tough competitive days. Despite these difficulties, some batsmen excelled in making themselves to be considered the best test batsmen of all time.

Some batsmen ticked all the boxes and performed exceptionally well in this format. So,

Who is the world’s best test batsman of all time?

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List of Best 10Test Batsman of All Time In Cricket History.

1. Don Bradman (Australia):

Don Bradman (Australia)

Sir Donald George Bradman (27th Aug 1908 – 25th Feb 2001), also known as “The Don'', is one of the world’s best Test batsmen having a staggering average of 99.94. He played 52 Tests in his entire career and scored 6996 runs.

At the age of 19, he made his debut for New South Wales (NSW) and performed regularly for them. He scored 28067 runs in 234 matches with an average of 95.14. On the back of this performance, he got a national call, and he made his debut in international cricket against England in the season 1928-29. He didn’t perform well in his maiden Test, scoring only 18 and 1. But after that, there was no stopping him. He kept piling up runs and records.

2. Sachin Tendulkar (India):

Sachin Tendulkar (India):

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is considered the best batsman in the world because of his ability to play all the 3 formats properly. In his 24-year career, he has made many records. He made his debut against Pakistan in Test cricket at the age of 16. He was one of the most prolific run-scorers in the world. This legend played 200 Test matches and scored a record 15921 runs with an average of 53.79.

He also registered the record of 51 centuries to his name. He was the most reliable Indian batsman of all time, irrespective of opposition and playing conditions. In the year 2010, he was honoured with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy by ICC. At the age of 39, he scored 74 runs in his last innings. This iconic cricketer was India’s priceless gem. He is considered one of the best batsmen in the world test circuit.

3. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka):

Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka):

Kumar Sangakkara is recognized as the best test batsman of all time in Sri Lankan history. This wicket-keeper batsman made his Test debut against South Africa in the year 2000.

In his career, he played 134 Test matches and scored 12400 runs with the help of 38 centuries. Apart from that, he scored 11 double centuries. He has put Sri Lanka in a respectable position in many instances after a top-order collapse.

4. Ricky Ponting (Australia):

Ricky Ponting (Australia):

Ricky Thomas Ponting, also known as “Punter” among his teammates, is an admired batsman all over the world. He was part of Australia’s golden era and captained his national side from 2004 to 2011 in Test cricket. Ponting played 168 Test matches and scored 13378 runs.

He is the second-highest run-getter in Test cricket history. He was an example of a typical Aussie mentality, his consistency and aggressive intent being his trademark. He scored 41 centuries in his career. His fielding was as good as batting. He was one of the best players in bouncer deliveries. He bossed the world for more than a decade.

5. Jacques Kallis (South Africa):

Jacques Kallis (South Africa):

Jacques Henry Kallis is an exceptional all-rounder. Because of him, Test cricket is able to witness a player who has 12000+ runs and 250+ wickets as well. He made his debut in 1995. From the beginning of his career, he has played match-saving knocks.

Be it a green top or a rank turner, he was up to the task. He played a total of 166 Test matches and scored 13289 runs, 45 of which were centuries. He contributed heavily with the ball as well, taking 292 wickets. Naturally, he is considered one of the most valuable players of all time. He is the dream all-rounder for any country.

6. Rahul Dravid (India):

Rahul Dravid (India)

Rahul Sharad Dravid, famously known as “The Wall” had the best defence. His patience, determination, and endurance are ideal examples for a budding batsman. During his debut at Lord’s, he scored an impeccable 95, which was just the start for “The Wall”. Dravid has faced a record 31258 balls in his entire career of 164 matches.

He scored 13288 runs containing 36 centuries and many match-saving knocks. He scored centuries against every Test-playing nation at that time. He was the most reliable number 3 of the Indian Test batting lineup. He showed skills in the fast, bouncy pitches in Australia and England. He was perfectly made for test cricket that’s why not only people, even many cricketers, also admire him as the greatest test batsman of all time.

7. Sunil Gavaskar (India):

Sunil Gavaskar (India)

Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, renowned as ‘Little Master’, is one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time. He first showed how to handle “The Four Horsemen” of the West Indies.

He faced bouncers after bouncers with exemplary courage and determination. He played 125 Test matches and scored 10122 runs with an average of 51.12, which justifies his consistency.

8. Alastair Cook (England):

Alastair Cook (England)

Sir Alastair Nathan Cook is the most outstanding English Test opener. It is not easy to face a new red cherry in English conditions. But he was up to the task. He showed his flawlessness while facing the new swinging ball.

He played 161 Test matches for England and scored 12472 runs, including 33 centuries, the most by an English batsman. He was famous for his slow inning-building knocks. He proved himself playing at green tops and rank turners. He scored some memorable centuries in the Indian sub-continent. That’s why he is admired as England’s best test batsman of all time.

9. Brian Lara (West Indies):

Brian Lara (West Indies)

Brian Charles Lara is considered the best test batsman of all time in West Indian cricket history. This Jamaican batsman was an absolute treat to watch. He used to play in the middle order but still managed to score staggering 11953 runs in the 131 matches he played.

He is the only batsman to score 400 runs in an innings in international cricket. He also scored a record 500 in his first-class career. He scored 34 centuries and 9 double centuries. He helped West Indies to put on a fight after top-order collapse on many occasions. He was a pillar of the West Indian batting lineup.

10. Garfield Sobers (West Indies):

Garfield Sobers (West Indies)

Sir Garfield St Auburn Sobers, famously known as Sir Gary Sobers, is one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. Sobers made his first-class debut at the age of 16. In his career, he played 383 matches and scored 28000+ runs, and also took over 1000+ wickets.

He started his career as a bowler, but his aggressive batting skill soon took the stage. Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies and scored 8032 runs, averaging 57.78. Sobers also contributed with the ball taking 235 wickets in his entire Test career. He captained the West Indian cricket team from 1965 to 1972. He was a very important part of the team in the golden era of West Indian cricket.

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