Fastest 10000 Runs in Tests | List of Fastest Players to reach 10000 Runs in Tests

Top 5 Fastest Players to Score 10000 Runs in Test Cricket History

Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to feature in 200 Test matches.

Ricky Ponting of Australia (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Test cricket is considered the toughest and the most challenging format for both batsmen and bowlers. Over the years, we have seen some great cricketers emerge in the game who have done well in the oldest format. For many young international cricketers, it is an aspiration to complete 10000 runs in the Test format. In this particular article, we will be listing out five players who have been among the fastest batsmen to complete 10000 runs in the Test format.

5. Rahul Dravid – 206 innings

Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid scored 13288 runs in his Test career. This includes 36 centuries and 63 fifties. He managed an average of 52.31 in the five-day format. Dravid, who made his Test debut in 1996, completed 10000 runs in 2008. He took 206 innings to reach the landmark making him fifth-fastest on the record list.

4. Ricky Ponting – 196 innings

Ricky Ponting is considered among the greatest ever players in the history of Australian cricket. He aggregated 13778 runs in the Test format with an average of 51.85. Ponting completed 10000 Test runs in 196 innings in the game against West Indies in 2008. He registered a total of 41 tons and 62 fifties in his Test career.

3. Kumar Sangakkara- 195 innings

Former Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara stands at the joint-first spot in the record of fastest to 10000 Test runs. He was the third player to reach the landmark in the same number of innings as the other two. He achieved the milestone in 195 innings in the match against Australia in 2005. In total, the left-hander scored 12400 runs at an average of 57.40 including 38 centuries and 52 half-centuries.

2. Sachin Tendulkar – 195 innings

Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar also holds the record for being the fastest batsman to 10000 Test runs. He achieved the milestone in 195 innings in the match against Pakistan in 2005. He has the record of most Test runs, centuries and half-centuries to his name. Sachin is the only player to feature in 200 Test matches.

1. Brian Lara – 195 innings

Among the three players who completed 10000 Test runs in 195 innings, Brian Lara was first to reach the landmark in terms of year of match. He achieved the feat while playing against England in 2004. The legendary batsman scored 11953 Test runs in 232 innings at an average of 52.88. This includes 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries.

Fastest to 10000 Test runs list

Player Inns Opposition Match Date Debut
Brian Lara 195 ENG 12 Aug 2004 6 Dec 1990
Sachin Tendulkar 195 PAK 16 Mar 2005 15 Nov 1989
Kumar Sangakkara 195 AUS 26 Dec 2012 20 Jul 2000
Ricky Ponting 196 WI 30 May 2008 8 Dec 1995
Rahul Dravid 206 SA 26 Mar 2008 20 Jun 1996