List of top 5 fastest batsmen to 4000 runs in test cricket.
It takes a lot of patience and perseverance to notch big scores in the longest format. Arguably, the toughest format to play, test cricket isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. While there are a lot of limited over’s batsmen in the world, the same cannot be said about Test cricket.
In this article, we look at 5 fastest batsmen to reach 4000 runs in test cricket:
1. Don Bradman
Australia’s legendary cricketer Don Bradman has positioned himself at the top, holding the record for being the fastest to score 4000 runs in Test cricket. Bradman is considered as the greatest Test cricketer of all time and his test average of 99.96 does suggest that. Don Bradman ended his career after scoring 52 test matches and could have broken a truckload of more records had he played for a little longer.
He has scored 6996 runs in his entire career and completed 4000 runs in tests in his 48th innings, while playing England on 1st January 1937.
2. Herbert Sutcliffe
Deemed as one who played a significant role in taking English batting to greater heights, Herbert Sutcliffe played as an opener for England cricket team. He ended up playing 54 tests for the team, scoring 4555 runs at an average of 60.73.
He visited Australia three times in his career and played phenomenally in all three series. He is the second-fastest batsman to complete 4000 runs in test cricket, having achieved the feat in 68 innings. He reached the landmark while playing against Australia in Brisbane.
3. Everton Weekes
One of the great three Ws, former West Indies batsman ED Weekes left a great legacy that is still been cherished across the globe. A man who had a profound balance and solid backfoot game, ED Weekes made several pundits go awe with his defiant batting. Everton Weekes is the third fastest to score 4000 runs in test cricket, having achieved the feat in 71 innings. He played 48 test matches for in his test career and scored 4455 runs at an average of 58.6.
4. Viv Richards
Falling in the category of the all-time greatest test batsmen, Viv Richards boasts of an outstanding career. The man who redefined the batting style, Richards wasn’t the conventional batsmen of his time and would love to hit more boundaries than to leave the balls. Viv Richards has played 121 test matches in his illustrious career and was also part of West Indies world cup winning squad of 1971 and 1975. He has scored 8540 runs at a strike rate of 50.2 which was studded with 24 centuries.
He is currently the fourth-fastest batsman to complete 4000 runs in test cricket. He achieved the feat in 71 innings while playing against Australia in Sydney cricket ground.
5. Jack Hobbs
Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game of cricket, Jack Hobbs holds the record for scoring the most number of runs in first-class cricket. He has 61,760 runs and 199 centuries to his name in first-class cricket. He went onto play for England national team in 61 test matches and scored 5410 runs at an average of 56.94. He is currently the fifth fastest batsman to score 4000 runs in test cricket. He went past the 4000 run mark in his 75th innings while playing against Australia at Lord’s cricket ground.