List: Fastest to 10000 Test Runs in Cricket

Ten thousand runs in Test cricket is an elite cricketing achievement, conquered only by very few legendary batsmen in the sport.

Joe Root, who is the 14th entry to the list, has taken 218 Test innings to reach the milestone number. Jacques Kallis, the former South African all-rounder, also took the same innings to reach the landmark.

The West Indian legendary batsman Brian Lara, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, and the master Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar are the fastest to reach 10K runs in terms of the number of Test innings – 195.

This article will rank the batsmen (in ascending) by the number of innings the batsmen have taken to reach the 10000 Test runs mark.

Brian Lara19552.9111953
Kumar Sangakkara19555.812400
Sachin Tendulkar19557.5815921
Ricky Ponting19658.7213378
Rahul Dravid20655.4113288
Younis Khan20852.8410099
Mahela Jayawardene21050.7211814
Sunil Gavaskar21251.0410122
Jacques Kallis21754.3713289
Joe Root21849.5710015
Alastair Cook22946.4912472
Allan Border23552.0811174
Shivnarine Chanderpaul23950.0211867
Steve Waugh24449.4510927

Stats Insights

Ricky Ponting has had the best average while reaching the 10K mark among all the names in the above list. However, with 8000+ runs and an average of around 60, Steve Smith has the best chance to beat Ponting in this stat.

In addition, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have the best chance to break the feat of reaching 10000 runs in just 195 Test innings.

Only 7 players in the above list have also been featured in ODI’s 10K club list.

Virat Kohli is the fastest to 10000 ODI runs in terms of both innings played and years taken to achieve the feat.

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You can find Virat’s journey in Test cricket by looking into his year-by-year analysis of Test stats.

Joe Root is the youngest to reach the landmark 5-digit runs tally – the record he shares with the other English batter Alastair Cook, who also took 31 years 157 days to achieve the feat. They are followed by Sachin Tendulkar (31 years 326 days), South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis (33 years 133 days), and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (33 years 163 days).

Also, Joe Root is the first and only batsman to score 10000 Test runs in less than a decade.

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