Ranking top 10 most dependable Test batsmen of all-time

Ranking top 10 most dependable Test batsmen of all-time

Over the years, Test cricket has witnessed exceptional players who have defied the odds and saved the game for their country.

Inzamam Ul Haq, Alastair Cook, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis
Inzamam-ul-Haq, Alastair Cook, Ricky Ponting, and Jacques Kallis. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Test cricket is more of a curiosity to the modern generation. As most of the fans look forward to the shortest format to have a great time, some people still rely on Test cricket to give them the thrills. To admire Test cricket, you have to give it some time. The longest format of the game tests the patience, determination, skill, and temperament of a player.

To thrive in the format, one has to keep a clear head and focus on the given moment. Sounds easy? Well, it drains out the players and even the best cricketers in the world fail to dominate every time, which is very much possible in the twenty overs format. It is so easy to criticize the batsman as he scores 7 off 100 balls, but for a Test admirer, it is a commendable effort. 

Over the years, Test cricket has witnessed exceptional players who have defied the odds and saved the game for their country. The instances of Kolkata, Birmingham, Adelaide, and many more have revived the games and the credit for this goes to the players who stood up like a wall.

Here are the top 10 most dependable Test batsmen of all time:

10. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)

Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq plays a shot. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Inzamam-ul-Haq belongs to the group of players who were a part of the 1992 World Cup team and shaped the future of Pakistan cricket. His incredible 60 off just 37 deliveries helped Pakistan to win their semi-final encounter against New Zealand. This enabled him to cement his place in the Test team and he made his debut in 1994 against Australia. What followed after was nothing short of sensational. 

In the first match at Karachi, Inzamam played a knock that defined him as a cricketer. He made 58 runs during the fourth innings while chasing. Although the scores do not look humongous, a batting effort of 58 runs while batting with the tailenders makes it a priceless achievement. With the last man, he put on 57 runs to help Pakistan cross the line from a very tight situation, He also made 138 runs against Bangladesh in 2003 to save Pakistan from an embarrassing defeat. 

Inzamam represented Pakistan in 120 Test matches and has scored over 8830 runs at an average of 49.33. Apart from that, he has scored 25 Test centuries with the highest score of 329 runs. Even though he was a part of multiple memes related to running between the wickets, Inzamam’s wrist work left the spectators awestruck. Inzamam, because of his skillful batting and match-saving ability, makes it to this list of the top 10 most dependable Test batsmen of all time.