Test cricket is considered the purest format of the game and it is absolutely imperative for the cricket boards to preserve this format for a long time. It is worth noting that ICC came up with a new plan to promote and uplift Test cricket altogether. ICC introduced the World Test Championship to save Test cricket.
The first cycle was played from 2019 to 2021 wherein India and New Zealand made it to the final. Team India surrendered at the hands of the New Zealand cricket team. The second cycle was played from 2021 to 2023 wherein India once again reached the final but lost to Australia in the final showdown.
Team India put in a lot of hard work in this format but just lacked the final touch to seal the deal. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the three batters who took the least innings to score 2000 runs in the World Test Championship.
1. Marnus Labuschage
Australia’s Test specialist Marnus Labuschagne has been one of the finest Test batsmen ever since he made his debut for the country. He took 31 innings to complete 2000 runs in World Test Championship. Marnus Labuschagne is the second-leading run-scorer in the World Test Championship with 3446 runs at an average of 57.43 including 10 centuries and 15 fifties.
2. Babar Azam
Babar Azam might not have thrived as a captain for Pakistan but he has been incredibly superb for the country as far as scoring runs is concerned. He is the fifth-leading run-scorer in the World Test Championship with 2496 runs at an average of 60.87 including 5 centuries and 11 fifties. Babar Azam is the second-fastest batter to complete 2000 runs in WTC as he achieved the feat in 34 innings.
3. Steve Smith
Test format aptly suits Steve Smith very well and his consistent performances in the purest format serve as a testament to this fact. Steve Smith is currently the best Test batter in the world and he took 38 innings to complete 2000 runs in Test cricket. He is the third-leading run-scorer in the World Test Championship with 2979 runs at an average of 54.16 including nine centuries and 13 half-centuries.
Updated as of July 21, 2023*