50+ average in International cricket is a special milestone for any batsmen.
Any batsman with an average of 50+ in any format of the game can be claimed as more than a decent batsman.
But having a 50+ average in both tests and ODIs is sensational and legendary. Currently, there are only 2 batsmen in the history of cricket, who scores at the batting average of more than 50 in both Tests and ODIs.
There are only a few batsmen in the game of Cricket who shines in all formats of the game.
[To note, we have only considered batsmen who have played more than 100 Innings in both Tests & ODIs.]
Virat Kohli has become the exemplar of consistency in cricket in the last few years. His batting supremacy has reached a different level with him reaching almost every record in the batting department.
In my article on Virat Kohli’s complete chasing records, I have detailed about how Virat is leading the other batsmen in the batting average while chasing. He is scoring at an average of 65+ while chasing in ODIs.
Overall, his batting Average in
- ODI: 59.34
- Tests: 54.98
Virat is also the Most Runs getter after 200 ODI Matches. With more than 200 ODI innings, he still maintains a phenomenal batting average of 50+ in ODIs. Indeed!!!
Virat’s 6 Double Centuries in the 2016 & 2017, has helped him to go past the 50 mark in Test batting average.
AB de Villiers
Retired from International Cricket, AB de Villiers has left with some amazing numbers to his name.
Standing very close to the players who are into the league of 10,000 Runs in ODI Cricket, ABD’s retirement at 9577 ODI Runs has come in as a shock to most of his fans around the world.
Still, like Virat, ABD has got the batting average of 50+ in both Tests & ODIs.
ABD’s Batting Average in ODI –> 53.5 & in Tests –> 50.66.
Unlike Virat, AB de Villiers had poor T20 showings with an average of 26.12 in 72 innings.
Players who almost made it to the list:
Only due to his out of form and poor showings against the strong Indian team in the 2017/18 India’s tour to South Africa, Hasim Amla’s test batting average has come under 50.
With him being close to the 50s, he is expected to get back into this league of players with 50+ batting average in tests and ODIs sooner.
One can’t leave his name while discussing the Cricket Batting records. Right?
I have shared an infography on Sachin’s complete cricket records in one of my blog. You can see it here –> Sachin Tendulkar Records – An Infographic.
With a huge number of matches both in ODI and Tests, it is not an easy task to maintain the average above 50.
Still, Sachin has an average of 53.79 in Test Cricket. And has got an excellent ODI average of 44.83 in the 452 matches he batted for India.
Another close candidate for this list will be the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
Kane has got his test average above 50, but his ODI batting average reads at 46.88 in 121 Innings.
Again, with his consistency, he is expected to be back into this list in no time.
Viv Richards is a legendary player, who is known for his bravery while batting.
Also known for his batting stats, his average stands at 50.24 in Tests and 47 in ODIs, thereby missing it.
Famously called as Mr.Cricket, Hussey ended with an average of 51.53 in Tests and 48.16 in ODIs.
For a player who bats relatively low, this average is something to be worth noting for.
Virat Kohli, Joe Root & Kane Williamson has a lot of Cricket ahead of them. And it will be a challenging task for them to finish their career with the 50+ Average in both Tests and ODI.
The Batting Averages has a habit of hitting back at the later stages of one’s Cricket career. Hopefully, these players will end up reaching more heights than they are now.
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