Fastest 1000 Runs in Test
With the evolution of T20 cricket, Test Cricket has perhaps taken a back seat. However, for all the hardcore cricket lovers, the longest format of the game is still the one that defines the game. It tests your patience, perseverance and most importantly consistency. When one talks about test cricket, the mind automatically tends to go back to the 90s when the game was watched with much passion and enthusiasm.
In this article, we discuss the 5 fastest batsmen who have scored 1000 runs in Test Cricket:
#5 Vinod Kambli
Having made a rollicking start to his career with some excellent knocks to his name, Vinod Kambli career didn’t end as he would have liked. Kambli was part of the 1992 and 1996 editions of the world cup and also enjoyed a stellar run in tests. Overall, he has played 17 Test matches and 104 one-day internationals.
He is the fifth-fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in Test Cricket. Kambli made his debut quite late in test cricket but wreaked havoc after playing just a few test matches, scoring two double-centuries and a century- all against different oppositions. He has played 17 test matches in his career and scored 1084 runs at an average of 54.2
He reached 1000-run mark in tests in 14 innings.
#4 Robert Neil Harvey
A core member of Australia’s invincible side of the 1950s, Robert Neil Harvey was one of the most prolific run-scorers in the team. Making his debut in 1948, he was made the vice-captain of the side in 1957. Harvey played 79 tests in his career and scored 7149 runs at an average of 48.41, including 21 centuries and 24 half-centuries.
Harvey is the fourth fastest batsman in the history of the game to complete 1000 runs in Test cricket. He achieved the landmark in 14 innings.
#3 Don Bradman
Often deemed as the God of cricket, Don Bradman took the world by storm when he stepped his foot onto the cricket field. The Australian batsman would average more than 200 in a particular series which was hard to believe for anyone. Bradman has achieved numerous moments of glory for Australia in his cricketing career. He played a total of 52 test matches in his cricketing career and scored 6996 at an astonishing average of 99.96.
Bradman started his career on a high, having piled plethora of runs in his first couple of series. He reached 1000 runs in test cricket in just 13 innings. Playing his seventh game against England, Bradman went past 1000-run mark, becoming the third fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in test cricket.
#2 Everton Weekes
One of the prominent “Three Ws”, Everton Weekes was an excellent top-order batsman from Barbados. Making his debut in 1948, Weekes grew his stature with every innings he played for West Indies national team.
In his stellar Test career, Weekes has played 48 test matches, of which he scored 4455 runs with an excellent average of 58.61. The West Indies cricketer too took only 12 innings to reach 1000 runs in Test career, but given the face he completed the feat a bit later than Herbert, Weekes sits second in the list of fastest players to reach 1000 runs in Test cricket.
#1 Herbert Sutcliffe
A rock-solid cricketer, Herbert Sutcliffe was one of England’s greatest opening batsmen ever. Once get set, it was nearly impossible for the bowlers to get him out. After making impressive performances in the club cricket, Sutcliffe was fast-tracked into the England national team and the rest of his history.
Batting as an opener for the major part of his career, Herbert Sutcliffe piled truckload of runs for England in tests. In 54 tests, Sutcliffe scored 4555 runs at an average of 59.93. He is the fastest batsman ever to reach 1000 runs in Test cricket.