Ranking top 10 No. 4 Test batsmen of all-time
Traditionally, the No. 4 batting position is reserved for the best batsman in the team.
Updated - Dec 24, 2020 4:12 pm
Test Cricket is definitely the most challenging format in the sport. It tests a player’s skillset to the core, and very few are able to establish themselves as greats in this esteemed format. Traditionally, the No. 4 batting position is reserved for the best batsman in the team. The Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kohlis- they have all batted at this famed batting position for the majority of their Test careers.
Is No.4 is the toughest place to bat? That can vary as per the match situation. However, a batsman here should be ready to adapt anytime, whether the team is at 20/2 or 200/2. It is the perfect test of the batsman’s ability to mould his game as per the situation. They essentially form the core of the batting lineup. In this article, we talk about the top 10 best Test batsmen at No. 4 of all time.
Here we rank the top 10 No. 4 Test batsmen of all-time:
10. Kevin Pietersen
South Africa-born English batsman Kevin Pietersen is one of England’s best all-format batsmen of all time. The flamboyant cricketer made his Test debut in the 2005 Ashes, as he dominated English cricket for the next decade. The Guardian called him “England’s greatest modern batsman” in 2012.
Pietersen has 6490 runs in 139 innings at an average of 48.43, with 19 centuries and 27 fifties batting at 4. He is known to be a man for the big occasion, stepping up for the team in crunch situations. He has dominated the best bowlers in the world such as Dale Steyn, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble, taking the attack to them fearlessly. He possessed a variety of strokes in his repertoire.
Pietersen is among the best players of spin England has ever had. His best Test performance came against India in 2012, where he scored 186 on a rank-turner in Wankhede after England were 1-0 down after the first Test. It turned out to be a match-winning contribution, as England won the match and consequently the series by 2-1.