Cricket is the most popular game after football. Amongst other formats, Test cricket is the most discipline format of cricket. As the years passed, the ways of playing this format changed.Eventually, the credit goes to most destructive batsmen of test cricket. So without wasting your time, let’s start Top 5 most destructive batsmen of test cricket.
Top 5 Most Destructive Batsmen of Test cricket
1.Sir Vivian Richard
- Matches : 121
- Runs scored : 8540
- Batting Average : 50.23
- Strike rate : 86.07
- High score : 291
- 100s / 50s : 24 / 45
- 6s / 4s : 84 / 1045
Sir Issac Vivian Alexander Richard represented the West Indies at Test and international levels. He is one of the destructive and greatest players of all time.
His batting skills at that time were unbelievable. Wisden chooses him as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, and the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Richards was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame(2009).
2.Virendra Sehwag : Destructive batsman of India
- Matches : 104
- Runs scored : 8586
- Batting Average : 49.34
- Strike rate : 82.23
- High Score : 319
- 100s / 50s : 23/ 32
- 6s / 4s : 91 / 1233
The former Indian is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spinner. He joined the Indian test side in 2001.
Sehwag has the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319 against South Africa – M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai), the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket ( 300 off only 278 balls).
He is amongst one of four batsmen in the world to surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket. He has scored 8,586 test runs at an average of 49.3.
- Matches : 101
- Runs scored : 6453
- Batting Average : 38.64
- Strike rate : 64.6
- High Score : 302
- 100s / 50s : 12 / 31
- 6s / 4s : 107 / 776
He scored his first triple hundred(302 against India-18 February 2014) in a test, the first New Zealander to do so.
McCullum became the first New Zealander to score 1000 test runs in a calendar year(1164 runs) in 2014. He breaks the records of Vivian and Misbah, who smashed their fastest century in 56 balls.
4.Adam Gilchrist : Left-handed destructive batsman
- Matches : 96
- Runs scored : 5570
- Batting Average : 47.61
- Strike rate : 81.96
- High Score : 204
- 100s / 50s : 17 / 26
- 6s / 4s : 100 / 674
The former international cricketer is most destructive left handed wicket keeper batsman of Australia. He had the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper, the most by an Australian in Test cricket. Adam played his debut test in 1999.
He has a superb strike rate, amongst the highest in the history of both ODI and Test cricket. The 4th fastest century came from his bat (57 balls against England at Perth in December 2006).
5.Kevin Pietersen : One of the Destructive batsmen of England cricket
- Matches : 104
- Runs scored : 8181
- Batting Average : 47.29
- Strike rate : 61.72
- High Score : 227
- 100s / 50s : 23/ 35
- 6s / 4s : 81 / 985
Pieterson is a former England right-handed and an off-spin bowler. Kevin Pietersen gave England’s Test cricket a new phase of life. He made a test debut on 21 July 2005 v Australia.
Pietersen has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, and he is only behind Sir Don Bradman of Australia.
He was the fastest player, in terms of days, to reach 4,000, 5,000, and 7,000 Test runs. On England’s 1000th Test, he was named in the country’s greatest Test XI by the ECB.
Players destructive performance in ODI and T20 are worth watching, but in Test format, it really makes it difficult for the bowlers to keep an eye on stumps.
Really, Cricket is a game of gentlemen.
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