During the course of his century on day one of the Galle Test against Bangladesh, former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara equaled fellow countryman Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 31 Test tons. More significantly, he entered the list of top ten Test run-getters, dislodging the legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar from the slot. Gavaskar was the first player in the world to cross the 10,000 run mark and had been in the coveted top ten list for well over 30 years. Here’s a look at the latest list of top ten run getters in world cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar (Active player): Having made his debut in 1989, Tendulkar has so far played 196 Tests and has amassed 15746 runs at an average of 54.29 with 51 hundreds and 67 fifties. His highest Test score is 248 not out against Bangladesh. With him expressing no desire to retire, Tendulkar seems set to become the first player to feature in 200 Tests.
Ricky Ponting (Retired): Punter made his debut in 1995 and played 168 Tests before retiring in 2012. He scored 13378 runs averaging 51.85 with 41 tons and 62 fifties. Ponting’s highest score was 257 versus India.
Rahul Dravid (Retired): The Indian legend debuted in 1996 and went on to feature in 164 Tests before retiring last year. During his career, he compiled 13288 runs averaging 52.31 with 36 hundreds and 63 fifties. His top score was 270 versus Pakistan.
Jacques Kallis (Active player): The South African all-rounder made his debut in 1995 and has since played 162 Tests, scoring 13128 runs at an average of 56.10 with 44 hundreds and 58 fifties. Kallis’ highest score is 224 against Sri Lanka.
Brian Lara (Retired): The flamboyant West Indian made his debut in 1991 and featured in 131 Tests, notching up 11953 runs at an average of 52.88 with 34 hundreds and 48 fifties. Lara’s highest score was that unbelievable 400 not out against the Englishmen.
Allan Border (Retired): The first player to breach the 11000-run mark, Border played 156 Tests for Australia from 1978-1994, scoring 11174 runs at average of 50.56 with 27 hundreds and 63 half-centuries. Border’s highest score was 205 against New Zealand.
Steve Waugh (Retired):Another tough Aussie, Tugga featured in 168 Tests for his country from 1985-2004, and scored 10927 runs at an average of 51-06 with 32 tons and 50 fifties. Waugh’s highest was that magnificent 200 against West Indies.
Mahela Jayawardene (Active player): The former Sri Lankan skipper debuted in 1997, and has so far featured in 138 Tests in which he has notched up 10806 runs averaging 49.56 with 31 hundreds and 45 fifties. Jayawardene’s highest remains that sublime 374 against South Africa.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Active player): The silent fighter of West Indian cricket, the left-hander made his debut in 1994 and has so far played 146 Tests, scoring 10696 runs at an average of 51.67 with 27 hundreds and 61 fifties. His highest is 203 not out against Bangladesh.
Kumar Sangakkara (Active player): This elegant Lankan debuted in 2000 and has so far played 116 Tests, scoring 10187 runs at an average of 56.28 with 31 tons and 41 fifties. His highest score is that brilliant 287 against South Africa.
--By A Cricket Analyst