Sachin Tendulkar now holds the record for most runs in a test career. In 200 matches and 329 innings, he scored 15921 runs. With 13378 and 13289 runs, respectively, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis are the second and third best scorers. Incidentally, all three of them were part of the Indian team that visited Australia in 2004-05. That season turned out to be Sachin's most successful in terms of runs as he scored five centuries and two fifties.
The record for most test centuries is also held by Sachin Tendulkar with 201 scores. He achieved this feat in 200 tests which shows how prolific he was during his career. The next highest number of centuries is 98 by Donald Bradman, who is still the highest scorer in test match history.
Test cricket has only been around since the 1930s so there hasn't been much opportunity for players to accumulate runs over a long period of time. However, some great batsmen have done so even though the game has become more defensive over time. For example, Victor Trumper, who I will discuss in detail later, scored almost 2000 runs in his first test match and yet another 1000 in his second match. This shows that even though today's players get tested regularly, they need to go through such experiences early in their careers if they want to improve as batsmen.
Former Indian master batsman Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most test runs. In total, he scored 15921 runs in 200 matches (329 innings) from 1989 to 2013. During that time, he only missed a few games due to injury or bad weather.
Tendulkar's record is unlikely to be broken soon, as India's current captain Virat Kohli is not expected to play many more tests. India have played more than 300 tests so it is not unusual for them to have one of their players break some record after they have been kept out of contention for several years. For example, Rahul Dravid set a new record for the number of tests played by an Indian player when he stopped at 150.
Another former Indian player Virender Sehwag also holds several records including the record for fastest hundred in Tests with his 100 off 51 balls against Australia at Delhi in 2011. This record is still standing today.
Sehwag retired in 2015 but he continues to appear in one-day internationals and T20 matches as long as he is fit. His record will likely last until another player breaks it since there are no clear successors among the younger generation of Indian cricketers.
A 8 is the highest score ever obtained in Test cricket. Andrew Symonds is one of four batters who have played on these rare occasions. The greatest number of runs scored off a single ball in Test cricket is eight (8), which has been accomplished four times. The record was set by Andrew Symonds in 2008. He achieved this feat against Pakistan at Lord's.
Test cricket has always been a more defensive game than limited-overs cricket. This is because there are only two ways to win a Test match - score more runs than the opponent or restrict them to less total. A lot can happen in four days' play and it is rarely clear after the first day who will be winning or losing before the last ball is bowled.
An early start to a Test match allows time for the pitch to settle down and get into its batting rhythm. This is why most games begin no later than 9 a.m. and often much earlier than that. After an overnight rain delay, play usually starts around noon, by which time the light has improved and the temperature is higher. This is why most matches end by late in the evening, when the heat is already becoming intense.
There have been some huge scores in Test history but they all happened during the early days of the sport.
The most number of runs in a career
Kohli, Virat With 5449 runs, Virat Kohli owns the record for the most runs by a Test captain among current cricketers, and the records for India's best match-winner will continue to move up the ladder. His average of 51.88 is also second only to Steve Smith's 53.66.
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Kohli has been involved in some high-profile failures as a test captain, including India's 0-3 loss to South Africa in 2018-19. However, he remains the frontrunner as India look to rebuild after that series loss.
Currently, Kohli is on course to become the first player to score 5000 runs in Test cricket. He needs just three more matches to achieve this goal. In terms of averages, nobody has done better than Kohli over the last year or so - certainly not Joe Root who averaged 33.44 at an average of per 100 balls during that period. The next highest average over that time frame is 50. It's safe to say that Kohli isn't interested in any other record beyond his own.
As a result, he set a new record for most ODI runs in a calendar year, beating his old mark of 1611 runs set in 1996. Sachin's ODI record has remained unbroken for the past two decades. Sachin made 2541 runs in all formats of the game in 1998, breaking the record for most runs by a batsman in a calendar year at the time. He still holds this record today.
Sachin also holds several other records including the highest individual score batting at number three position (300*) and the fastest century in international cricket (100 balls). The latter was achieved during India's home series against Australia in 2001-02.
He remains one of the few players who have scored centuries in both ICC tournaments and World Cups. The other two players are Sir Donald Bradman and Shahid Afridi. Sachin retired from ODIs after playing the final match of the 2000 World Cup. He wrote an autobiography titled "A Billion Dreams" which was published in 1999. The book became a bestseller and earned him over $150,000 in royalties.
After retiring from international cricket, Sachin returned to Test cricket by scoring hundreds in his first two matches back. In fact, he is the only player to score centuries in his first two matches back after retirement. This achievement earned him the nickname "Superstar Sachin".
In 2004, he became the first player to score 4000 ODI runs.