Test cricket is where it all started from. Test cricket is the first format of England’s national game to have ever existed, and the two other formats that cricket is played in – T20 and One Day International, came into being much more recently. Test cricket literally tests a team’s stamina, its resilience, the degree to which its members can successfully work as a team, the leadership of its captain and its overall competency, which is why teams, or rather players, that are successful in test cricket are almost completely guaranteed to perform well in other formats of the game.
Over the course of the many, many years for which test cricket has existed, there have been some bowlers and some batsmen who have outshone the rest and have cemented their prominent place in the history of cricket. Some of these legendary test cricketers are batsmen who have scored more runs in their test careers than any other test cricketers. The following are the ten batsmen who have scored more runs than any other test cricketers in the entirety of their test cricket career, starting from the batsman who scored the highest number of runs in a test cricket career:
1. Sachin Tendulkar
‘The Magician’, ‘The Cricket Guru’ and ‘The God of Cricket’ – Sachin Tendulkar, the man without whom any list of the greatest batsmen of all time in any cricket format is incomplete, is known to the world by many names and epithets. In a test cricket career that began in 1989 and climaxed in 2013, Sachin Tendulkar scored a whopping 15,921 runs on test cricket pitches all over the world, the highest of all the batsmen throughout test cricket history.
2. Ricky Ponting
A legend of Australian cricket, Ricky Ponting is second on this list of the ten highest scoring test batsmen of all time and scored a total of 13,378 test cricket runs in a 17 year career that began in 1995. Ricky Ponting proved throughout his career that he was an amazing batsman who could work miracles with a bat.
3. Jacques Kallis
Even though Kallis played his first test match in the same year as Ricky Ponting but played his last one year after him, he could not surpass the Australian marvel. Nonetheless, famous South African batsman Jacques Kallis scored 13,289 runs over an 18 year career, which is an extremely impressive and praiseworthy feat.
4. Rahul Dravid
Scoring a total of 13.288 runs in his career, Rahul Dravid is only one measly run behind Jacques Kallis and comes in at fourth place in this list of the ten batsmen with the most runs in test cricket history. One of the best batsmen to over don the Indian cricket team’s uniform, Rahul Dravid has showed the world what he is capable of in 164 test matches
5. Kumar Sangakkara
In a career that began in the year 2000 and still goes on, Kumar Sangakkara has racked up a total of 12,203 runs in test cricket. Kumar Sangakkara is one of the best batsmen that the Sri Lankan cricket team has to offer and has proven to be a beast on the test cricket pitch.
6. Brian Lara
Brian Lara has been out of action since 2006 when he retired, but Brian Lara is a name that will never be forgotten no matter how old the West Indian legend gets. Brian Lara is one of the best batsmen to ever step on the crease in any format of cricket and, in test format, Lara has scored an impressive total of 11,953 runs.
7. Mahela Jayawardane
Throughout his test cricket career, Mahela Jayawardane, one of the finest batsmen to ever represent the Sri Lankan cricket team, has played 149 matches in which he has managed to score a total of 11,814 runs, making Jayawardane the seventh highest scoring test cricketer of all time.
8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Best known for his enthusiastic and somewhat eccentric performances on the cricket pitch, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is not only one of the best test batsmen of all time but is also one of the highest scoring ones. Chanderpaul has scored a total of 11,716 runs during his test career which began in 1994 and still lives on.
9. Allan Border
Widely regarded as one of the best test cricketers to ever play for the Australian team, Allan Border played test cricket from 1978 to 1994, during which he scored 11,174 runs. Allan Border represented the Australian team in a total of 150 test cricket matches all over the world.
10. Steve Waugh
Tenth on this list of the test batsmen who have scored the most test runs in cricket history is Steve Waugh, Australian test cricketer extraordinaire. Waugh has scored a total of 10,927 test cricket runs. Waugh is also the third Australian cricketer on this list, giving the Australian cricket team dominance over this list.