Accumulating 10,000 runs in cricket is rated as an important achievement and a massive milestone for a batter. To garner 10,000 runs, a batter needs to consistently perform at the highest level over a long period of time. If it is not for a batsman’s skill, consistency, and longevity, then it is literally not possible to score a truckload of runs.
However, there are only seven batsmen who achieved the feat in both Tests and ODIs. All of them have retired from the sport. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara accomplished the extraordinary feat of reaching 10,000 runs in both formats.
These legends are celebrated for their contributions to the sport and their exceptional batting achievements. All the aforementioned names were able to perform according to the situation and hence managed to unlock the sensational feat. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are the only two Indians who entered the elite club of scoring 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman in the history of the sport. It is worth mentioning here that he is the leading run-scorer in international cricket with 34357 runs. He is the leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs with 15,921 runs and 18426 runs respectively.
The Indian batting maestro maintained a batting average of 53.79 in Tests and 44.83 in ODIs. Notably, he smashed 51 centuries, 6 double-centuries and 68 half-centuries in the longest format. On the other hand, he slammed 49 centuries, 1 double century and 96 fifties in the 50-over format.
2. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is the other Indian apart from Sachin Tendulkar to have reached 10,000 runs in both Tests and One-Day Internationals.
Popularly known as the Wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid scored 13,288 runs in Tests at an average of 52.31 and scored 10,889 runs in ODIs at an average of 39.17. He scored 36 centuries, five double centuries and 63 half-centuries in Tests. On the other hand, he scored 12 centuries and 83 fifties in the 50-over format.