List of players who have scored 10,000 or more runs in Test cricket

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Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar was the first player to cross the 10,000 run mark in Tests.

Scoring over 10,000 runs across a playing career in any format of cricket is considered a significant achievement.[1] As of August 2015, eleven players from five different teams have scored more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket. The Indians and Australians lead the list with three players each. West Indies and Sri Lanka each have two players followed by one from South Africa.[2] Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are yet to have a player breach the 10,000-run mark in the format.

In 1974, West Indies cricketer Garfield Sobers retired as Test cricket's most prolific run scorer with 8,032 runs from 93 matches.[3] Sobers' record was surpassed nine years later by England's Geoffrey Boycott in the 1982 series against India.[4][5] Boycott remained the top-scorer before being overtaken by Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar two years later in 1983.[6][7] Four years later in March 1987, Gavaskar became the first player to score 10,000 runs in the format, doing so while playing a match against Pakistan.[2]

Kumar Sangakkara took the least number of innings (195) to reach 10,000 runs and shares the record with West Indies' Brian Lara and India's Sachin Tendulkar while Australia's Steve Waugh took 244 innings to achieve the feat.[2][lower-alpha 1] Rahul Dravid—the third Indian to reach the milestone after Gavaskar and Tendulkar—is the fastest in terms of time span, taking 11 years and 280 days.[2][9] The timespan taken by Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies, which is 18 years and 37 days, is the slowest among all.[2] As of August 2015, Tendulkar leads the list with 15,921 runs followed by Ricky Ponting of Australia with 13,378. Chanderpaul is the only active player among those who have scored more than 10,000 runs in this format of the game.[6]

Key

  • First – denotes the year of debut
  • Last – denotes the year of the latest match
  • Mat. – denotes the number of matches played
  • Inn. – denotes the number of innings batted
  • Date – denotes the date in which the player crossed the 10,000 run mark
  • dagger – denotes that the player is active

10,000 or more runs in Tests

10,000 runs in Tests [2]
No. Player Team First Last Mat. Inn. Runs Avg. 100s 50s Date[2] Ref.
1 Tendulkar, SachinSachin Tendulkar
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 India 1989 2013 200 329 15,921 53.78 51 68 16 March 2005
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2 Ponting, RickyRicky Ponting
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 Australia 1995 2012 168 287 13,378 51.85 41 62 30 May 2008
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3 Kallis, JacquesJacques Kallis
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 South Africa 1995 2013 166 280 13,289 55.37 45 58 27 February 2009
[6]
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4 Dravid, RahulRahul Dravid
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 India 1996 2012 164 286 13,288 52.31 36 63 29 March 2008
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5 Sangakkara, KumarKumar Sangakkara
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 Sri Lanka 2000 2015 134 233 12,400 57.40 38 52 26 December 2012
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6 Lara, BrianBrian Lara
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 West Indies 1990 2006 131 232 11,953 52.88 34 48 15 August 2004
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7 Chanderpaul, ShivnarineShivnarine Chanderpaul dagger
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 West Indies 1994 2015 164 280 11,867 51.37 30 66 26 April 2012
[6]
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8 Jayawardene, MahelaMahela Jayawardene
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 Sri Lanka 1997 2014 149 252 11,814 49.84 34 50 26 December 2011
[6]
[17]
9 Border, AllanAllan Border
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 Australia 1978 1994 156 265 11,174 50.56 27 63 2 January 1993
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[18]
10 Waugh, SteveSteve Waugh
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 Australia 1985 2004 168 260 10,927 51.06 32 50 3 January 2003
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11 Gavaskar, SunilSunil Gavaskar
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 India 1971 1987 125 214 10,122 51.12 34 45 7 March 1987
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See also

Notes

  1. Sangakkara is the quickest among the three in terms of timespan, taking 12 years and 159 days. Lara follows with 13 years and 250 days. Tendulkar comes in third place with 15 years and 121 days.[2][8]

References

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