When the team is batting, we expect each and every individual to score runs. However, in reality, not all of them go on to perform in most games. The cricket fraternity has often seen the best players shouldering the responsibility.
The team requires such players who consistently go about their business in an attempt to help the team add flesh to the scoreboard. Scoring runs in Test cricket is always a daunting task because there is a huge difference between a red ball and a white ball.
The red ball tends to swing quite a lot when compared to the white ball. This is why playing against the red ball is the ultimate challenge. Case in point, we will now take a look at the two players who top-scored for a team most times in Test cricket.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time because of his exemplary contribution to Indian cricket in Tests and ODIs. He is still the leading run-scorer in both formats, a record that still remains intact.
Sachin Tendulkar is the only batter in the history of the sport with 100 centuries in international cricket (49 centuries in ODIs and 51 centuries in Tests). The Master Blaster holds the record for top-scoring for a team most times in Tests (78 times). He scored 15,921 runs in Tests including 51 centuries, 68 fifties and 6 double centuries.
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2. Brian Lara
Brian Lara is regarded as one of the greatest batters of all time. The former West Indies captain scored 11,953 runs in the longest format of the game including 34 centuries, 48 fifties, 9 double centuries and 2 triple centuries.
Besides that, Lara holds the record for essaying the highest individual score in Test cricket, i.e. 400*, a record that remains intact. Brian Lara comes second on the list in terms of chipping in with the top scores for a team most times in Test cricket (65 times).
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