Quickest to 10,000 runs in Test cricket
Joe Root has become the only cricketer to score 10,000 test runs in less than 10 years.
Joe Root – 9 years 171 days
Making 10000 test runs in less than 10 years essentially means that he scored more than 1000 runs on an average per year, thus reaching 10000 runs in test cricket within 9 years and 171 days.
Joe Root made his test debut against India at Nagpur in December 2012 and reached 10000 runs in test cricket in June 2022, taking less than 10 years for the achievement.
The record came in the first test of the three match series between England and New Zealand. The match was played at Lord’s in London and there couldn’t have been a more iconic ground for Root to achieve the feat.
In fact, New Zealand had their noses ahead at various points during the match but the scales finally tilted towards England and they took the match by 5 wickets to take a lead in the series.
“There was a specific moment in the game when it really turned for us,” Root later said. “They obviously changed the ball twice and the second time they changed that ball, it became a little bit harder and it didn’t swing as much as the one they had previously, and that made it so much easier.
“It was quite a slow wicket, quite hard to time the ball on. That made life a lot easier for someone like myself who can’t bully the ball like someone like Ben might be able to. They ended up putting a few sweepers out for me which I always quite enjoy, because you can get so many twos and you can rotate the strike and feel like the board is always moving and never feel stuck at one end.”
Alastair Cook – 10 years 87 days
Before Root achieved the feat, another Englishman Alastair Cook was the quickest to score 10000 runs in tests, having taken a little over 10 years for the same. Cook finished with 12472 runs from 161 test matches at an average of 45.35 with the help of 33 centuries and 57 half centuries
Rahul Dravid – 11 years 280 days
Rahul Dravid is the quickest man from India to reach 10000 test runs as he did it in 11 years and 28 days. Dravid, who in fact is the fourth highest scorer in the history of test cricket currently with 13288 runs, took 11 years and 280 days to achieve the milestone.