Most innings in Tests without getting run-out
With wickets being at a premium as compared to runs in test match cricket, it does not really make sense to lose your wicket in an attempt to pinch a quick single.
There are quick runners, and there are slow runners between the wickets. But, what gets you run out is misjudgment. If you are quick at running between the wickets and a good judge of a run as well, like former Indian captain MS Dhoni, it’s a win-win.
But, there are players who are not that quick between the wickets but still judge a run well. Those can still avoid getting run out. But if you are both slow and a bad judge of a run, may God save you.
Here, we are talking about players who did not get run out even a single time in their careers, which is a big feat. It’s like a bowler never bowling a no ball throughout his career, which is underrated but certainly commendable.
Former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev represented India in 131 test matches. Out of that, he batted in 184 innings and was never run out. When you try to wrap your head around the fact that Kapil Dev scored 5248 runs including 8 centuries and 27 half-centuries, it is shocking to comprehend that there was not even a single time in his test career when he fell short of the crease, which is commendable.
Jonny Bairstow is another player who has not been run out in this test career despite batting in 123 innings. Bairstow, who is not a regular in the England test team anymore, has scored 4030 runs from 70 test matches at an average of 34.74 including 6 tons and 21 half-centuries, but is yet to get run out.
The other batsmen to go most innings in a test match without getting run out are Muddassir Nazar (116), Paul Collingwood (115), Graeme Hick (114) and Dean Elgar (111).
Ajinkya Rahane’s streak in test cricket of not getting run out snapped when he lost his wicket due to a misunderstanding between the wickets in the Melbourne test of 2021.
Rahane was playing superbly on 112 and looked set for a really big hundred when Ravindra Jadeja called him for a quick single. It was one of those anxious moments when a batsman is on 49 and wants to complete his half-century quickly. The stand-in captain had not been run out in 112 test innings before the mishap.