Least innings to 10k Test runs

Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara all achieved the landmark of 10,000 runs in test cricket from 195 innings each.

Lara, Tendulkar and Sangakkara on top

As a result, all three of Lara, Tendulkar and Sangakkara jointly hold the record of being the quickest to 10000 runs in test cricket. Following the trio is Ricky Ponting from Australia who achieved the feat of 10000 test runs from 196 innings.

From India, Rahul Dravid is the second best after Sachin Tendulkar having reached 10000 runs in test cricket from 2006 innings. Younis Khan from Pakistan and MahelaJayawardene from Sri Lanka follow who did it in 208 and 210 innings respectively.

Another Indian name who is part of almost every run scoring list is the great Sunil Gavaskar who did it in 212 innings. Following him is the brilliant South African all rounder Jacques Kallis who took just 217 innings to reach 10000 test runs.

Root next in line

Recently, former England captain Joe Root became only the second English cricketer after Alastair Cook to score 10000 runs in test cricket.

Root achieved the feat in the first test of the three match series between England and New Zealand. Truth be told, New Zealand were ahead of the game at various points but let the momentum slip away.

The momentum shift

Here, Joe Root underlines the specific moment when England edged ahead in the match.

“The momentum shift was the real difference,” Root said. “It got me going and meant that we could be really smart with our running between the wickets and really put pressure on that way and slowly creep up. I thought Ben was very smart in the way that he played it as well: he saw that match-up with the left-arm spinner and you talk about how T20 cricket can come into this [format] – it was a really important over.”

“With Colin going off injured it meant that they were going to have to keep bringing their seamers back, keep them tired, and it was almost like once I was in and I felt quite comfortable, trying to get ahead of it last night while there were overs in their legs was the smart play. To try and get the score as far down as possible last night was a really important factor in what we were trying to do.”

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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