Despite the arrival of shorter and exciting formats, test cricket still remains the most respected format of the game. It has proven to be the measuring stick for cricketers as not everyone can withstand the challenges it has on offer. The 1990s and 2000s was a period that produced a number of batsmen, who took batting records by storm and set new benchmarks of batsmanship. Out of many other records, the batsmen of that era dominate the list for most fours in a career. That being said, here is the list of the top five players with the most fours in test cricket.
5. Kumar Sangakkara – Sri Lanka, 1491 Fours
Starting off the list we have former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman, Kumar Sangakkara. The stylish southpaw used to light up every ground he played on with his elegant shots and picture-perfect cover-drives. Sanga hung up his boots after a prolific career which saw him score 12400 runs at an astonishing average of 57.41. Arguably the greatest left-handed batter the sport ever produced, Sangakkara stands at number five on this list with 1491 fours to his name. With all those accomplishments backing him, Kumar Sangakkara undoubtedly is one of the true flagbearers of Sri Lankan cricket.
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4. Ricky Ponting – Australia, 1509 Fours
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was one of the vital parts behind Australia’s invincible era. It was under his wing that the Kangaroos became World Champions twice and ruled over the cricketing world. However, his batting records make him one of the greatest to ever lace a pair of boots. Punter aggregated a grand total of 13378 runs from 168 Tests at an impeccable average of 51.85. The former skipper hit 1508 fours in his captivating test career and stands fourth on this list.
3. Brian Lara – West Indies, 1559 Fours
Unarguably the finest batsman the West Indies ever produced; Brian Charles Lara was destined for greatness. His marathon knocks in tests made him a household name in the 90s and the 2000s. Lara solidified his mantle in test cricket after his infamous knock of 400 runs against the formidable English side in 2004. By the end of his Test career, the left-hander had amassed 11953 runs with a batting average of 52.89. The former Caribbean skipper had accumulated a total of 1559 boundaries to his name as well, which makes him finish third on the list.
2. Rahul Dravid – India, 1654 Fours
Rahul Dravid, true to his reputation of playing marathon innings, grabs the second spot on this list. Known across the world for his patience and composure on the field, Dravid was the backbone of India’s top order. Aka “The Wall’, Rahul amassed 13288 runs, the second-most by an Indian, at a scintillating average of 52.31. In his stint in Test cricket, Rahul Dravid struck 1654 fours. He also holds the record for the most catches (210) by a non-wicket keeper in test match cricket.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – India, 2058 Fours
In similarity to the list regarding the players with the most fours in ODIs, this list is unsurprisingly topped by Sachin Tendulkar. In his illustrious career of 24 years, Tendulkar played a record 200 Tests and scored an aggregate of 15921 runs. The Little Master averaged a whopping 53.79 with the bat and scored 51 centuries as well. Like his ODI record, Sachin is the only player in the history of the game to hit 2000 fours or more, with his record standing at 2058. Regarded widely as the greatest batsman of his or any era, Sachin’s records are something that will take an astounding career to be broken.
Top Five Players With Most Fours In Test Cricket
|5||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||12400||1491|
|3||Brian Lara||West Indies||11953||1559|