Players who have scored the most centuries in Test cricket

History of Test Cricket: The history of cricket is very old. International Test cricket was started in the year 1877. The game, which has become popular around the world, originally developed in England, which is now played in most Commonwealth countries. Test cricket is the longest form of cricket. The format of Test cricket is of 5 days, in which 90 overs are bowled in a day. In Test cricket, both the teams get the opportunity to bowl and bat twice.

Countries that play Test Cricket: 12 countries of the world have the status of playing Test cricket so far by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the apex body of cricket. The ICC has declared Ireland and Afghanistan 11th and 11th in a meeting held in London on 07 November 2017 to promote Test cricket. It was given the status of playing Test matches as the 12th country.

List of Test Cricket Countries:

  • England
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • West Indies
  • New Zealand
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bangladesh
  • Afghanistan
  • Ireland

Players who have scored the most centuries in Test cricket: Whenever there is talk of scoring the most runs and centuries in international cricket, then the name of Indian player Sachin Tendulkar, known as Master Blaster, will definitely come. Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar ranks first in terms of scoring the most centuries in international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in the world who has scored 100 centuries in international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar leads the way in scoring the most centuries in Test matches in the world. He has scored a total of 51 centuries in his 200 matches played in Test cricket at an average of 53.79. After him, the South African player comes second after Jacques Kallis, he has 45 centuries in Test cricket. Australian player Ricky Ponting comes at number three in the list of players who have scored the most centuries in Test cricket, he has a total of 41 centuries in Test cricket.

Interesting facts about test cricket:

  • West Indies batsman Brian Lara holds the record for most runs in Test cricket. He scored 400 not out against England in the year 2004, which is the highest score in Test cricket. It is also the only quadruple century in Test cricket.
  • West Indies batsmen Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, Australia's Don Bradman and India's Virender Sehwag are the only batsmen to score 300 runs more than once.
  • Brian Lara is the only batsman to have crossed the 350-run mark twice.
  • The first triple century in Test cricket was scored by England batsman Andy Sandham against West Indies in 1930.
  • Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to score 10000 runs in Test cricket.
  • New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum holds the record for the fastest century in Tests. In his last Test match played in Christchurch, he scored the fastest century in Test history against Australia in just 54 balls with 16 fours and 4 sixes.
  • Virender Sehwag is the first Indian batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket, playing an innings of 309 against Pakistan at Multan in 2004.
  • Barring Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, one or the other of the 12 Test playing teams has scored a triple century.

The most special thing about this list is that it has the names of two Indian players at number 1 and number 5. Let us see who is included in the top 10 batsmen who have scored the most centuries in Test cricket:-

List of top 10 batsmen with most centuries in test cricket:

Player's Name Total Centuries Country
Sachin Tendulkar 51 India
Jacques Kallis 45 South Africa
Ricky Ponting 41 Australia
Kumar Sangakkara 38 Sri Lanka
Rahul Dravid 36 India
Mahela Jayawardene 34 Sri Lanka
Brian Lara 34 West Indies
Younis Khan 34 Pakistan
Sunil Gavaskar 34 India
Alistair Cook 32 England

Batsman who has scored the most double centuries in Test cricket: Virat Kohli is the captain who has scored the most double centuries in Test cricket. He set this world record in 2017 leaving behind Brian Lara. Let us tell you that Kohli has played a total of 86 Test matches for India. Out of which he has captained Team India in 55 matches. Highest partnership in Test cricket: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who played a marathon partnership of 624 runs for the third wicket in 2006, holds the record for the highest partnership in Test cricket.

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