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Fastest to Reach 5000 Runs in Test Cricket History

Suresh Iyer
December 8, 2021, 13:00
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Fastest to Reach 5000 Runs in Test Cricket History

In this article, we list 10 batters who achieved the fastest 5000 runs in Test cricket in terms of number of innings played:

1. DG Bradman (56 innings)

Widely regarded as the greatest ever batter to grace Test cricket, Bradman became the fastest to 5000 test runs, achieving the feat in only 56 innings. He got to the milestone against England at Leeds, in July 1938 in the 3rd game of a 4-match series. When Bradman retired from the game, he had 6996 runs from 52 matches at an unbelievable average of 99.94 he fell tantalizingly short of an average of 100 by just four runs.

2. Jack Hobbs (91 innings)

Former England opener Jack Hobbs was one of the most prolific first-class cricketers to grace the game, making 61760 runs at 50.70. Hobbs was the first to reach 5000 runs in Test cricket when he accomplished the feat versus Australia in March 1929 in Melbourne in the last of a five-match series. Incidentally, that match featured Don Bradman who went on to break Hobbs’ record. Hobbs ended his Test career with 5410 runs at 56.95 in 61 matches.

Fastest to Reach 5000 Runs in Test Cricket History

3. Gary Sobers (95 innings)

West Indian Sobers, the lefthander who is widely regarded as the greatest ever allrounder, achieved the 5000-run milestone in his 95th innings against England in 1966 in Leeds in the 4th Test of a 5-match series. By the time he ended his career, Sobers had scored 8032 runs at 57.78 in 93 matches.

4. Sunil Gavaskar (95 innings)

India’s Sunil Gavaskar is widely regarded as one of the finest openers in Test cricket. He got to the 5000-run mark in his 95th innings against Australia in the 2nd of a 6-match series in Bangalore in September 1979. He became the first batter to score 10000 runs in the longest format of the game, finishing his career with 10122 runs at 51.12, in 125 matches.

5. Viv Richards (95 innings)

Former West Indies top order batter Viv Richards was one of the most devastating players to have graced Test cricket. He achieved the milestone of 5000 runs in March 1984 versus England in Birmingham, in the 1st game of a five-match series. Richards went on to play 121 Test matches in which he aggregated 8540 runs at 50.23.

6. Mathew Hayden (95 innings)

Mathew Hayden who opened for Australia in the first decade of the 21st century achieved the 5000-run mark in Test cricket in 95 innings during the last of a two-match series versus Sri Lanka in Cairns in July 2004. A member of one of the greatest Test teams of all time Hayden scored 8625 runs at 50.73 from 184 matches before he retired from the game in 2009.

Fastest to Reach 5000 Runs in Test Cricket History

7. Wally Hammond (97 innings)

England’s top order batsman Wally Hammond achieved the 5000-run mark in his 97th innings in the 2nd Test of a 5-match series versus Australia in Sydney, in December 1936. He scored 231 not out to help his side to an innings win. In all, Hammond scored 7249 runs at 58.46 from 85 Test matches.

8. Ken Barrington (97 innings)

England’s top order batter made his 5000th test run in his 97th innings in August 1965 versus South Africa at London’s iconic Oval ground. It was the last of a three-match series. Barrington went on to score 6806 at 58.67 in 82 matches before retiring from Test cricket.

9. Steve Smith (97 innings)

Australia’s ace batter Smith got to the mark in his 97th innings on 15th March 2017 during his innings of 178 not out in the last of a three-match series versus India in Ranchi.  Smith, who is the only currently active player on this list, has scored 7540 runs at 61.80 in 77 Tests.

10. Len Hutton (98 innings)

Former England opener Len Hutton needed 98 innings to reach the 5000-run mark in tests. He got to the milestone in the last of a five-match series versus South Africa at the Oval in August 1965. Hutton finished his test career with 6971 runs at 56.67 from 79 matches.

Summary

Jack Hobbs of England became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in test cricket, when he achieved the feat in 1929. In fact, Hobbs was the first batter to reach the milestone of 5000 test runs. Hobbs, one of the most prolific players ever needed 91 innings to accomplish the milestone. However, Hobbs’ record lasted less than a decade before Don Bradman broke it in 1938, needing only 56 innings to do so. Since then, the record has stood the test of time, with no player coming close to Bradman’s achievement more than 73 years after he set the standard.

                 Top 25 players who were the fastest to reach 5000 test runs
S. No. Player and country Innings taken
1 Don Bradman (Australia) 56
2 Jack Hobbs (England) 91
3 Gary Sobers (West indies) 95
4 Sunil Gavaskar (India) 95
5 Viv Richards (West Indies) 95
6 Mathew Hayden (Australia) 95
7 Wally Hammond (England) 97
8 Ken Barrington (England) 97
9 Steve Smith (Australia) 97
10 Len Hutton (England) 98
11 Virender Sehwag (India) 99
12 Sachin Tendulkar (India) 103
13 Brian Lara (West Indies) 104
14 Neil Harvey (Australia) 105
15 Joe Root (England) 105
16 Virat Kohli (India) 105
17 Greg Chappell (Australia) 106
18 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 106
19 Younis Khan (Pakistan) 106
20 Rohan Kanhai (West Indies) 107
21 Javed Miandad (Pakistan) 107
22 Kevin Pietersen (England) 107
23 Rahul Dravid (India) 108
24 Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) 108
25 Md Yusuf (Pakistan) 108

 

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