Test cricket is most prestigious and important format of cricket. It tests the patience and dedication of a cricketer. Almost every player wants to represent their country in test cricket.
In the history of this format many records were formed and many were broken but some are just impossible to break.
Today we will see 10 records of test cricket that are nearly impossible to break.
10. Sachin Tendulkar – 200 test matches
Sachin Tendulkar played a total of 200 test matches in test cricket which is a massive number. “God of Cricket” is not only the highest run scorer in test format but also a player who Played highest number of test matches. Second after him is Jimmy Anderson who is still playing.
9. Graeme Smith – 109 tests as captain
In 2003 when Graeme Smith took charge of South Africa, he completely changed the team’s scenario. In his test career from 2003 to 2014 he led proteas in 109 matches which is highest by any captain. He won 53 out of 109 and lose only 29. He was greatest test captain in South Africa’s history.
8. Rahul Dravid – 210 catches
Rahul Dravid took 210 catches in 164 test matches he played. Popularly known as “the wall” Rahul Dravid is the fourth highest run scorer in test cricket. He was a classical test batsman of his time. Also, he was a great fielder. Ross Taylor is second at most no. of catches in tests.
7. Sri Lanka – Highest total of 952
In 1997 in a test match at Colombo Sri Lanka managed to put a gigantic score of 952 against India. In response India was able to make 537 only. Sanath Jayasuriya played a knock of 340 runs which was a crucial part of Sri Lanka’s 952 score. Match ended in a draw.
6. Alastair Cook – 159 consecutive matches
Alastair Cook was a great opening Batsman in test cricket but he got an amazing record after his name. From 2006 to 2018 during his retirement he played an unbelievable 159 consecutive test matches without a break for England. He broke the record of Allan border of 153 matches in June 2018.
5. Ricky Ponting – 108 test wins
Australia in 2000s were best test side and credit goes to Ricky Ponting. He was part of Australia in 108 test wins which is highest by any player. Second is Anderson of England with 72 wins. Ponting in September 2011 became first ever player to win 100 test matches and with the end of his career it was 108.
4. Mark Boucher – 555 dismissals
Mark Boucher was one of the greatest wicketkeepers in test history. He was also a great Batsman. In the golden era of South African cricket, he was a part of the team. In 147 matches he played he took 532 catches and 23 stumpings with total of 555 dismissals.
3. Jayawardene and Sangakkara – 624 runs partnership
In 2006 in a match against South Africa in Colombo. Sangakkara and Jayawardene made a partnership of 624 runs. In which Sangakkara scored 287 and Jayawardene 374 which is his career best. Visitors first batted on Colombo but Lankans restricted them on 169 and when they came to bat, they also lose two early wickets but than came this partnership which gave total of 756 to Sri Lanka.
2. Muttiah Muralitharan – 800 test wickets
In 19-year long career of Sri Lankan wizard he had 800 test wickets in total. He played 132 test matches in his career and his 800th wicket was in his last match. What a remarkable career he had undoubtedly, he was the best test bowler in test history. His “doosra” was just unplayable by many great batsmen too. Following him Shane Warne had 706 test wickets is second in test history.
1. Sir Don Bradman – batting average of 99.94
In 52 test matches he played in between 1928 to 1948 Sir Don Bradman had 29 centuries and 13 fifties which makes him the best test batsmen of all time. But more importantly he had an amazing and unbelievable average of 99.94 which can blow anyone’s mind. Currently Steve Smith of Australia is having an average of 61.80 which is currently the highest in test format.