Test cricket is a game of real temperament, stamina, skills and expertise. This format of international cricket really tests the technique of every batsman. Unlike T20 or ODI, batsmen are expected to stay at the crease for long times in the test cricket. Only those batsmen can survive in this format that have got the ability to build their innings by scoring goods runs while making it sure that the team does not lose the wicket. This article is an attempt to take into account the highest run scorers in test cricket. Following is the list of top 10 highest run scorers in test cricket, strictly based on the figures provided by International Cricket Council. Each of the names on the following list is a world class batsman that has proven his techniques and abilities through his consistent performances in leading their teams towards the victory.
10. KC Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is a Srilankan batsman who plays with left hand. He plays at the number 2 or 3 position. Sangakkara is also a wicket keeper and is a highly experienced player in Srilankan side. Sangakkara is often regarded as the real backbone of his team. He has scored 10486 runs in 117 test matches he has played so far.
9. DPMD Jayawardene
DPMD Jayawardene, another SriLankan batsman, constitutes the 9th position on our list of top 10 highest run scorers in test cricket. Jayawardene is highly technical and experienced batsman who has stood firm at the times of crisis for the team. He has managed to score 10806 runs in 138 matches he has played so far.
8. S Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a classical left handed batsman from West Indies. He used to play at number 4 or 5 position and was regarded as the real strength of the team after Brian Lara. Chanderpaul enjoyed a very successful career, and he managed to score 10830 runs in 148 international test matches that he played.
7. Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh, the former Australian captain who helped the team to reach the heights of glory under his leadership, was one of the finest players Australian cricket has ever produced. He was not only an accomplished captain, but also a very successful batsman who performed really well under all sort of circumstances. He scored 10927 runs in 168 test matches.
6. AR Border
Another legendary name of Australian cricket, AR Border, enjoys the 6th position on our list of top 10 highest run scorers in test cricket. AR Border, throughout his career, contributed in a great deal towards the success of his team. He managed to score 11174 runs in 156 test matches.
5. BC Lara
Brian Lara is one of the most stylish batsmen world has ever seen. The fans simply loved to watch him playing the cricket. He had got the unique ability to stay at the wicket and play as per the times demanded for his team. He also holds the distinction to play the innings of most runs in an innings. Brian Lara scored 11953 runs in 131 international test matches that he played. He is recognized as one of the best test players of all time.
4. JH Kallis
One of the best all-rounders of international cricket, JH Kallis was an integral part of South African cricket team. He was technically so strong that bowlers find it real hard to get him out. He scored 13128 runs in 162 test matches which makes him one of the leading run scorers in test cricket history. He has not been with South African team for almost six months and South African could not find his replacement.
3. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, who regarded as the wall of India because of his solid defensive batting style, holds the 3rd position on our list of top 10 highest run scorers in test cricket. He undoubtedly enjoyed a very successful career full of centuries, fifties, and other extra ordinary innings. Rahul Dravid scored 13288 runs in 164 test matches. He has saved many test matches for India and has been termed as backbone of Indian test cricket team.
2. Ricky Ponting
Former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting, holds the honor to be regarded as the 2nd highest run scorer in test cricket. He was firm and experienced batsman who could tackle with every kind of situation, he scored 13378 runs in 168 test matches. Although he plays cricket in leagues all over the world but he has retired from international cricket. It was not his batting that made him a popular figure in the history of cricket but he got fame through his brave captaincy. Under his captaincy Australia won Cricket World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
It would not be wrong to call this man a factory of runs who always produce the useful runs for his team. Sachin Tendulkar, who also holds the distinction to be regarded as the leading run scorer in ODI cricket, has the honor to lead our list of top 10 highest run scorers in test cricket. Sachin Tendulkar scored as many as 15837 runs in 198 international test matches that he played throughout his career.