Cricket is the most loved sport of India. The game of cricket also has a huge number of viewers outside India. It is a sport that brings people together. In the past years, the game of cricket has produced some amazing Cricketers whose contribution in the field of cricket is invaluable. The level of competition is very tough. Although, there are many players who have performed brilliantly in the history of cricket but some exceptional cricketers are there who just left a huge mark in the heart of fans. Some names are Viv Richards, Tendulkar, Bradman, Rahul Dravid, etc. In the present time, many new formats of cricket have come to the limelight. But a true cricket fan knows that Test Cricket is the best format of the sport. Some batsmen are known for power hitting and they score runs quickly while some take time to settle and then make runs. Test cricket is all about patience and technique. In this article, we will answer the question as to who is the King of Test Cricket.
If we talk of present time, then England batsman Joe Root is the new King of Test cricket. He has surpassed the Fab-4 players in terms of scoring centuries in Tests. Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli are nowhere near him if we talk about current form in Test Cricket. Root has fully dedicated himself to the Test format. He does not play the ODIs and T20Is anymore. Even after stepping down from the Test captaincy, Root has not lost his form.
With an insatiable hunger for big scores, Root routinely tormented opposition bowlers and shattered long-standing records along the way. His elegant strokeplay, immaculate technique, and unparalleled ability to read the game made him a nightmare for any bowling attack. Joe Root’s mountain of runs not only cemented his legacy but also inspired generations to strive for greatness.
Test cricket, the pinnacle of the sport, has witnessed numerous greats who have left an indelible mark on the game. These legends have enthralled fans and experts alike with their skill, tenacity, and unwavering commitment to the longest format. Among them, however, there exists a figure who reigns supreme, deserving of the title “King of Test Cricket.” In this article, we pay homage to this extraordinary player and celebrate his unmatched dominance in the realm of the five-day game.
Who is the King of Test Cricket?
Former Indian Batsman Rahul Dravid is considered as the King of Test Cricket. Many cricket fans would find this a little bit shocking. Let us make it clear, we are not talking about the best batsman of Test Cricket, we are just talking about the title of King of Test Cricket. Rahul Dravid was definitely one of the best batsman of his era, but he cannot be compared to the likes of Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Sunil Gavaskar. The respect in the heart of fans for Dravid is what makes him the King of Test Cricket. The impact that Rahul Dravid has left on Test cricket is immense. Owing to his batting performances in Test Cricket, Dravid is popularly known as ‘The Wall.’
A true testament to Dravid’s greatness was his ability to conquer different playing conditions around the world. From the bouncy tracks of Australia to the seaming pitches of England, and from the spinning minefields of the Indian subcontinent to the pace-friendly wickets of South Africa, he thrived in every environment. His adaptability, combined with an astute cricketing brain, allowed him to dominate regardless of the challenges thrown his way.
Rahul Dravid emerged as India’s greatest Test batsman ahead of Sachin Tendulkar in a poll conducted by Wisden India.
“Much like Dravid batted during his playing career, he dug in and fought back in the poll, eventually crossing the line with a decent lead at the very end.”
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) June 23, 2020
Rahul Dravid is among the very few players in the history of Test cricket to have achieved close to batting perfection. Dravid has played a major role in all of India’s major overseas victories in the 21st century. He was one of the most dependable batsmen for India for decades. The following records made Rahul Dravid the King of Test Cricket.
- Rahul Dravid has faced the highest number of balls in Test. He has faced 31,258 deliveries during his Test Career.
- Rahul Dravid is the first batsman to have scored centuries in all 10 Test cricket playing nations.
- Rahul Dravid has the record of scoring most runs by an Indian batsman playing at No. 3. It is also the second-highest in the world behind Kumar Sangakkara.
Who has the most runs in test?
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of scoring most runs in Test Cricket. He scored 15,921 in his test match career spanning from 1989 to 2013.