Test cricket arguably remains the purest form of the game and has remained so since its advent in 1877. Despite the extravagant nature of the limited-overs cricket, Test cricket has its own place in the purists’ hearts and is not likely to vanish anytime soon. Hence, most upcoming cricketers would like to play the longest format and accumulate as many records as possible.
As such, there have been a plethora of players who have come and gone and conquered Test cricket by accomplishing innumerable records. And while few numbers might seem breachable, others might hardly be. Hence, the best most cricketers end up doing is to get closer to it as it would be a monumental task to break it since a lot of factors have to come together for it to happen.
We take a look at 11 Test cricket records that might remain unbroken:
Sri Lanka’s highest total of 952:
Sri Lanka holds the record for the highest team total in Test cricket when they amassed 952 against India back in 1997 in Colombo. In reply to India’s 537 after centuries from Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sri Lanka, led by Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340 and Roshan Mahanama’s 225, the hosts piled up 952, lasting a mammoth 271 overs.
There was also a hundred from Arvinda de Silva and half-centuries from Arjuna Ranatunga and Mahela Jayawardene. The Test understandably ended in a draw, with only one inning possible from either side. The next best is England’s 903, which they racked up back in 1938, while in most recent times, New Zealand‘s 715 remains the highest.