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Top 6 fastest players to score 5000 runs in test cricket history

Here we take a look at the top 6 fastest players to reach 5000 runs mark in test cricket history. Don Bradman completed his 5000 test runs in just the 56th innings and still holds the record.

Arkya Mitra
Last updated: 29.08.2021
fastest players to score 5000 runs in test cricket history

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Test cricket is the oldest and the most challenging format in the game. For any young player, reaching the milestone of 5000 or 10000 runs in the longest format is one of the aspirations. In the history of test cricket so far, some of the great players have reached these landmarks in very few innings.

 

6. Matthew Hayden-95 innings

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Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden scored 8625 runs in 184 innings at an average of 50.73 in his test career. This includes 30 centuries and 29 half centuries. The left hander completed 5000 test runs in his 95th innings while playing against Sri Lanka in 2004.

 

5. Viv Richards-95 innings

Former West Indies great Viv Richards created his own legacy when it comes to batting in the longest format. He averaged 8540 runs in 121 matches at an average of 50.23. He hit 24 tons and 45 fifties in his career with a high score of 291. He reached the 5000 run mark in 95 innings while playing against England in 1984.

 

4. Sunil Gavaskar -95 innings

Sunil Gavaskar is considered among the greatest openers in the longest format of the game. He was the first player in the history of test cricket to complete 10000 runs. Before this, he completed 5000 test runs in 95 innings in the year 1979. Overall, the opener scored 10122 runs in 125 matches at an average of 51.12 with the help of 34 centuries and 45 half centuries.

 

3. Garry Sobers- 95 innings

Former West Indies player also completed 5000 test runs in 95 innings. He reached the landmark while playing against England in 1966. He amassed 8032 runs in 93 matches at an average of 57.78 including 26 centuries and 30 fifties.

 

2. Jack Hobbs -91 innings

Jack Hobbs, who is considered the greatest ever player in first class history stands at the second spot in this list. In his first class career, he scored 61760 runs at an average of 50.70 including 199 centuries and 273 fifties. Hobbs completed 5000 test runs in his 91st innings while playing against Australia in 1929.

 

1. Don Bradman- 56 innings

The greatest ever test cricketer Don Bradman had to be at the first position in this record. He completed his 5000 test runs in just the 56th innings in the game against England in 1938. Overall, the Australian scored 6996 runs in 52 matches at an extraordinary average of 99.94 including 29 centuries and 13 half centuries.

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