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List: Players with 500 or more International Matches

Cricket is a game of numbers, and the success rate of each of the players, the coaching staff, and the team itself is measured by the numbers. The numbers here may mean the wins that the team has achieved over the years or the number of runs scored in the case of a batter, or the wickets taken if we are talking about a bowler.

Yes, these are important to judge the player, but there is something that is significantly important and contributes to all of these metrics. We are talking about the longevity of the player in international cricket.

A player can have a few years of dominance in his/her department of the game, but it is not that easy to sustain for a long time and be consistent. So that is why longevity in the game is more important, and this factor will be directly proportional to the success attained.

So what does longevity mean in cricket?

Playing over a period of time with continued success for oneself as well as for the team. If you see, there are many talented players whose careers might be cut short either due to lack of form or fitness. And in the midst, there are players who continue to play for longer thanks to their top-notch fitness regime.

In this sport, we have 3 formats, and there are only 9 players who have represented their nation in 500 or more international matches, which means they have played over a significant period of time without missing many games. As expected, batsmen would be the ones who made it to the list.

Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, will become only the 10th cricketer to play his 500th international game when India takes on the West Indies in the 2nd Test of the ongoing series at the Queen’s Park Oval Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He will join the elite list of players to have achieved this significant milestone in their international careers.

Here we will take a look at the players with the most international caps in cricket across formats (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is).

Players with 500 or more International Matches

PlayerCountryMatchesRunsBatting AverageWicketsBowling AverageCatches/ Stumping
Sachin TendulkarIndia6643435748.5220146.53256/0
Mahela JayawardeneSri Lanka6522595739.151462.91440/0
Kumar SangakkaraSri Lanka5942801646.770609/139
Sanath JayasuriyaSri Lanka5862103234.1444035.66205/0
Ricky PontingAustralia5602748345.95847.50364/0
MS DhoniIndia5381726644.96198.00634/195
Shahid AfridiPakistan5241119623.9254132.78167/0
Virat KohliIndia5222673354.119107.55313/0
Jacques KallisSouth Africa5192553449.1057732.14338/0
Rahul DravidIndia5092420845.41541.80406/14

Insights from the above stats

664: India’s Sachin Tendulkar has the most international appearances in the history of cricket. The legendary batsman also holds the record for the most caps in Tests (200) and ODIs (463).

4: If Virat Kohli plays his 500th game, he will become the 4th Indian to achieve this incredible landmark after Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni.

3: The number of Sri Lankan players featured in this list.

Retired international cricketers who have almost made it to the list of playing 500 or more international matches for their respective nations are

  1. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan): 499
  2. Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka): 497
  3. Muthiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka): 495
  4. Steve Waugh (Australia): 493
  5. Chris Gayle (West Indies): 483

Active cricketers who can make it to the list of playing 500 or more international matches

  1. Rohit Sharma (India): 442
  2. Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh): 439
  3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh): 418

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