Kumar Sangakkara created history on Friday in the first Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong by slamming a hundred in the second innings to go with his triple hundred in the first. Sangakkara has now jumped to number three in the list of batsmen with most runs in a Test. He scored a total of 426 runs in the Test. Sangakkara’s 319 in the first innings came off 482 balls with 32 fours and eight sixes. In the second innings, he made 105 off 144 balls with the help of 11 fours and 2 sixes. Here’s a look at the other nine top batsmen in the list.
Graham Gooch: The former England batsman is on top of the list. He notched up 456 against India at Lord’s in the 1990 Test. In the first innings, he made a memorable 333 from 485 balls with 43 fours and 3 sixes. Gooch followed it up with a smacking 123 from 113 balls with 13 fours and 4 sixes as England won the Test by 247 runs.
Mark Taylor: The former Aussie skipper is at number two on the list. He made 426 runs against Pakistan at Peshawar in 1998. Taylor was unbeaten on 334 in the first innings with 32 fours and 1 sixes and followed it up with 92 from 159 balls with 11 fours. The match ended in a draw.
Brian Lara: He appears twice in the list – at number four and eight. Lara made exactly 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004, which remains the world record for the highest score. Lara’a 400 included 43 fours and 4 sixes in 582 balls in a drawn game. Almost exactly 10 years earlier, Lara made 375 at the same venue against the same opponents. He hit 45 fours in a 538-ball stay, which was a world record back then, scored in a drawn game.
Greg Chappell: At number five in the list, he made 247 not out and 133 against New Zealand at Wellington in 1974. His first innings knock came off 356 balls with 30 fours and 1 six. In the second, he faced 175 balls and hit 18 fours in a draw.
Matthew Hayden: He is at number six having smashed 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth in 2003. He batted for 437 balls and smashed 38 fours and 11 sixes as Zimbabwe won by an innings and 175 runs.
Andy Sandham: The England batsman is at number seven having made 325 and 50 against West Indies at Jamaica in 1930 – total aggregate of 375. He made 325 from 620 balls with 28 fours and 50 from 62 balls with six fours as the match was drawn.
Mahela Jayawardene: Sri Lankan great comes in at number nine with his knock of 374 against South Africa at Colombo in 2006. Mahlea’s knock lasted 572 balls and featured 43 fours and 1 six as the hosts won by an innings and 153 runs.
Gary Sobers: The Windies legend completes the list with his memorable 365 against Pakistan at Jamaica in 1958. His unbeaten knock featured 38 fours as West Indies won by an innings and 174 runs.
--By A Cricket Analyst