Test matches make legends. For a long time, the Test format is considered the true test for a batsman. Some of the greatest batsmen in cricketing history have made their mark in the longest format of the game. In this article, we will take a look at 5 Players who maintained a 100+ average in a bilateral Test series the most times. Look out, there is a lot of greatness in the following list.
#1. Sachin Tendulkar – 9
Is this list even valid if Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t make an appearance? The Master Blaster has left an indelible mark in cricket. So it was fitting that he made this list. He maintained a 100+ average in a bilateral series an incredible 9 times. In his Test career, Sachin scored a mammoth 15,921 runs, scoring 51 centuries. He had a career average of 53.8. He has now retired and is an MP in the Rajya Sabha and an occasional cricket analyst.
#2. Kumar Sangakkara – 9
When it comes to Sri Lankan batsmen, there are only a few who are better than Kumar Sangakkara. The former captain was one of the greatest Sri Lankan batsmen to ever grace the 22-yards. He scored more than 12000 runs and had an average of almost 57. He maintained a 100+ average 9 times in a bilateral series. The former captain has now transitioned into the management aspect of cricket and became the first non-British President of the MCC in 2019.
#3. Jacques Kallis – 8
Jacques Kallis is widely regarded as the best all-rounder in the world. The South African sensation was incredible with the bat as well as the ball. He scored more than 13000 runs in Test cricket and had a 100+ average 8 times in a bilateral series. Kallis has now retired from all formats of the game, boasting an enviable Test average of around 55, and 45 Test centuries.
#4. Ricky Ponting – 8
Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain in international history, with a percentage of around 67. He scored 13,378 runs in 168 Test matches. He also had a Test average of 51.85. Ponting was particularly famous for his elegant pull shot. He maintained a 100+ average 8 times in a bilateral series. Ponting has since retired and has taken up coaching duties for the Mumbai Indians and the national team of Australia. He was also adjudged the Player of the Decade 2000.
#5. S Chanderpaul – 8
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a West Indian legend. He is the 8th highest run-getter in Test cricket. Making his debut at an age of 19, Chanderpaul was criticized for not scoring a century in the 3 years after his debut. He has since then carved out a highly successful career for himself and was also the captain of the West Indies team. He had a career Test average of around 51, scoring more than 11,000 runs in the longest format of the game. Chanderpaul was forced into retirement after poor form in 2015.