Test cricket: In the game of cricket, there are great batsmen coming out in every generation. Whether it is Bradman or Gavaskar, every time some batsmen have ruled the cricket world.
In the last two decades, batsmen like Sachin, Dravid, Kallis, Ponting, Lara, Alastair Cook, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene have added new dimensions to the batting of Test matches.
Taking this sequence forward, even in this decade, some batsmen are constantly touching new heights in Test cricket. In the last 5 years, some batsmen have performed exceptionally in this format of cricket. Let’s see who these 5 batsmen are:
Note: These figures are from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2019. During this time Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 49.8 and Kane Williamson at an average of 67.17, but due to playing fewer innings, he has been able to score 3586 and 3762 runs respectively.
David Warner, who has been out of Test cricket for the last one year, holds the fifth position in the list of batsmen who have scored the most runs in Test cricket in the last 5 years.
Warner has scored 3896 runs at an average of 49.31, playing 81 innings in a total of 44 matches in the last 5 years. Warner has scored 13 centuries and 17 half-centuries during this period.
His highest score was 253 runs. The special thing is that Warner has scored these runs at a strike rate of 75.25, which is the highest.
Alastair Cook holds the fourth position in this list despite India retiring from international cricket after the home series last year. The special thing is that Cook did not make any half-centuries in 13 innings played before his last Test series.
Cook scored 4145 runs in 99 innings of 54 matches at an average of 44.09 in the last five years, with his highest score being 263 runs. Cook scored 8 centuries and 20 half-centuries during this period.
Indian captain and star batsman Virat Kohli occupy the third position in this list. In the last 5 years, Kohli has scored 4791 runs in 84 innings of 50 Tests at an impressive average of 59.88.
During this time he has scored 19 centuries and 11 half-centuries. Kohli has the highest score of 243 runs. The special thing is that Kohli has the highest rate of converting a half-century into a century.
Even if Smith was second on the list, he would have been far from the rest of the batsmen if he had not been banned for a year.
Smith has scored 4838 runs in 79 innings of 44 matches at an average of 72.20 in the last five years. During this time he has scored 19 centuries and 18 half-centuries. His highest score is 239 runs.
Many fans will be surprised to see Root’s name in the first place in this list, but England’s Test captain Root has scored the highest number of 5212 runs in the last five years.
During this time, he has played 111 innings in 61 Test matches, which is more than the rest of the players. No other batsman has played 100 Test innings in this interval.
Root has averaged 50.11 over the last five years. He has scored 12 centuries and 35 half-centuries in this period. He has crossed the 50-run mark 47 times, more than all the other batsmen, but his rate of turning his half-century into a century has been the worst. Root had scored 11 consecutive Test half-centuries at one time.