Cricketers With Most International Runs
Cricket is one of the oldest and loved sports in the world. There are 105 countries that participate in the game of cricket. In this game where almost everyday a new record is made, it’s hard to stay relevant. But there are some legends who are still equally relevant even after retiring for so many years. And these legends holds the record of most international runs in the cricket history. So, here’s is the list of cricketers who have made the most runs in their careers.
- SACHIN TENDULKAR
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, also known as Little Master or the God of Cricket is regarded as one of the best player and greatest batsman of all time in the history of cricket. The former Indian international cricketer, Sachin has made numerous records during his career. He started playing in 1989 and retired in 2013 from international cricket. He played 664 international matches with 782 innings and made 34357 runs. His highest score was 248* with an average of 48.52. He had a strike rate of 67.58* and scored 100 centuries and164 half-centuries. This made him the highest run-scorer of all time in International cricket. Apart from making records, Sachin also received a number of honorary awards for his contribution in the game including Bharat Ratna which is India’s highest civilian award and he was also awarded Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2010. He was also named as one of the most influential peoples in the world.
2. KUMAR SANGAKKARA
The former captain and cricketer of the Sri Lankan national team, Kumar Sangakkara is widely known as one of the most polished and prudent of batsmen in the game. The left-handed batsman is also a great wicket-keeper. The holder of many records, Sangakkara also holds the record of scoring second-highest run in international cricket. During his career, from 2000 to 2015, Sangakkara scored a massive 28016 runs. He played 594 international matches and 666 innings. His highest innings score was 319 with an average of 46.77. He had a strike rate of 66.56 with 63 centuries and153 half-centuries. In the year of 2011 and 2015, Sangakkara was named as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. He is only the second player who has won this award twice. In 2016, Sangakkara was rated as the greatest ODI player of all time.
3. RICKY PONTING
Ricky Thomas Ponting or as famously known, Ricky Ponting is not only one of the greatest batsman but he is also considered to be one of the greatest captains of all time, in Australia and in the world. Under his guidance, Australia won two world cups in 2003 and 2007. The timeline of Ponting’s captaincy is known as the Golden Era for the Australian national cricket team. He was ranked as the Cricketer of The Decade 2000. Ponting played international cricket from 1995 to 2012. He made 27483 runs by playing 560 matches and 668 innings. He made a high score of 257 with an average of 45.95. Ponting had a strike rate of 68.48 with 71 centuries and 146 fifties. In July 2018 Ponting was included into the ICC Hall of Fame in July 2018. Ponting is currently appointed as the assistant coach of the Australian national men’s cricket team.
4. MAHELA JAYAWARDENE
Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene or simply known as Mahela Jayawardene is a former cricketer of the Sri Lankan National Cricket team. Currently, he is the coach of the Sri Lankan team. He holds the record of scoring the highest test score by a right-handed batsman in the history of test cricket, the score was 374 against the team South Africa. In 2006, the International Cricket Council named Jayawardene as the best international captain of the year. Apart from his many other records Jayawardene also holds the record of being the 4th highest scoring batsman. During his years from 1997 to 2015, he made 25957 runs from 652 matches and 725 innings. His highest score was 374 with a run rate of 39.15. With a strike rate of 64.73, He made 54 hundred and 136 fifties.
5. JACQUES KALLIS
The former South African cricketer, Jacques Kallis is renowned as one of the greatest all-rounder of all time. Kallis has made many records across his career. He was the only cricketer as of 2016, who scored more than 10,000 runs and took 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket, bagging 131 ODI catches along the way as well. He is the second-highest scorer of Test centuries. Kallis is the fifth-highest scorer in international cricket. During his playing years from 1995 to 2014, He scored 25534 runs by playing in 519 matches and 617 innings. He Made a high score of 224 with an average of 49.10. He had a strike rate of 56.30 and scored 62 hundred and149 fifties. In 2013, Kallis was named as one of the Wisden cricketers of the year.
6. RAHUL DRAVID
Rahul Sharad Dravid is a former Indian cricketer. Renowned as the Mr. Dependable, Rahul Dravid is often ranked as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. In July 2018, Dravid became the fifth Indian cricketer to be included into ICC Hall of Fame. He partnered with GoSports Foundation to train young athletes in India in 2018. He was also honoured with Padma Shri which is India’s fourth-highest civilian award and the Padma Bhushan award, India’s third-highest civilian awards. Between 1996 and 2012, Dravid scored 24208 runs, the sixth-highest runs scored in international cricket. He played 509 matches and 605 innings. He made a high score of 270 with an average of 45.41. He had a strike rate of 51.98 and score 48 centuries and 146 half-centuries.
7. BRIAN LARA
One of the greatest and most renowned cricketers ever is Brian Charles Lara. The former Trinidadian cricketer represented West Indies internationally. Lara was awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award two years in a row 1994 and 95. Brian Lara made and break many records during his time from 1990 to 2007. He has a score of 22358 runs internationally. He participated in 430 matches and 521 innings. His highest score was 400* with an average of 46.28. With a strike rate of 68.08, he scored 53 centuries and 111 half-centuries. He is popularly known as The Prince. Brian Lara was appointed as the honorary member of the Order of Australia in 2009. He was also included in the ICC’s Hall of Fame.
8. SANATH JAYASURIYA
Sanath Teran Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan player. He also once led the team as a captain. During his career from 1989 to 2011 and still, Jayasuriya is considered as one of the best all-rounders of all time in cricket history. He made the record of scoring over 12,000 runs and capturing more than 300 wickets in ODI cricket. He was one of the best when it came to limited-over matches. Internationally he played 586 matches and 651 innings. He scored a total of 21032 runs in international cricket, with the highest score of 340 and an average of 34.14. Jayasuriya had a strike rate of 81.13* and he scored a total 42 centuries and 103 fifties.
9. SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a Guyanese who formerly internationally represented West Indies. Chanderpaul is one of the forgotten gems of cricket. The left-handed batsman is only the third player with the international career that span over two decades from 1994 to 2015. He is the 8th highest run-scorer in test and 9th highest run-scorer in international cricket of all time. In 2008 he was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy by the International Cricket Council. In his international career, Chanderpaul scored 20988 runs by participating in 454 matches and 553 innings and had an average of 45.72. His highest score was 203* with a strike rate of 52.27. He also scored 41 centuries and 125 half-centuries.
10. SYED INZAMAM-UL-HAQ
Syed Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistani cricketer also known as Inzi, is also a former captain of the international cricket team of Pakistan. He is considered as the best Pakistani batsman of all time and also one of the greatest batsmen in the world. He had an active career from 1991 to 2007, when he retired. Haq scored 20580 runs internationally. He played in 499 matches and 551 innings. He made the highest score of 329 with an average of 43.32. He scored 41 centuries and 125 fifties with a strike rate of 52.27.