Regarded by many as ‘the purist’s game,’ Test cricket throws up its own unique set of challenges for cricketers to contend with. If you are to do it successfully, batting in Test cricket requires exceptional levels of physical and mental fitness in addition to a certain level of talent and ability.
As such, the list of the top 10 highest run-scorers in Test cricket includes some of the game’s true greats, who have overcome every challenge before them on their way to amassing a mountain of runs – here’s a closer look.
Top 10 Highest Run Scorers In Tests
Sachin Tendulkar (India, 15,921 runs)
Topping the list by a comfortable margin is the Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 15,921 Test runs at an average of 53.78 in his glittering career that spanned more than two decades. Known as The Little Master, Tendulkar made his debut as a 16-year-old in 1989 and was a near-constant presence in the Indian middle-order till his 200th and final game in 2013.
Blessed with unbelievable talent and ability, Tendulkar mastered all sorts of bowling attacks and surfaces over the course of his career, scoring an astounding 51 Test tons.