Ricky Ponting Becomes the Second Highest Run-scorer in Test Cricket
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Ricky Ponting Becomes the Second Highest Run-scorer in Test Cricket

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting on last Tuesday became the second highest run-scorer. He overtook India's Rahul Dravid and became the number two batsman in the world to score the most number of runs in the longest version of the game. Ricky Ponting is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar.

When almost the entire cricketing world is busy following the IPL in India, Ricky Ponting’s record almost went unnoticed when he became the second batsman in the history of Test cricket to score the most number of runs.

Let’s have a look at the more detailed stats of these three batsmen.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is known as the “God of cricket” for being a prolific run-getter. He can play almost all the shots in the book and has impeccable hand-eye coordination. There are hardly any weaknesses in his batting and so has the ability to score all around the wicket. No wonder, Tendulkar is worshiped around the world.

Milestones

He has played the most number of Test matches and has scored the most number of Test centuries as well. The Master Blaster sits at the top of almost all the batting records those can be talked of. Tendulkar is the most prolific batsman who has scored the most number of runs in both Tests and One Day Internationals.

Tendulkar scored 51 Test centuries and 65 half-centuries. The numbers itself speak for the great batting performances as the conversion rate from half-centuries to centuries is so high. Tendulkar has scored a record number of 15470 runs with an average of 55.44. Sachin has a highest individual score of 248 not out.

Ricky Ponting

One of the better batsmen of contemporary cricket, Ricky Ponting is certainly the best batsman Australia has seen since the late Don Bradman. Even when two other acclaimed batsmen – Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh were in the team, the importance of Ponting never went down.

Ponting has been a great leader. However, his leadership has come under constant scrutiny. But, he silenced his critics often as he led Australia to one major victory after the other.

Milestones

Ricky Ponting has played 165 Test matches – only one more than Rahul Dravid. In his 282 innings Ponting amassed 13,346 runs at an average of 52.75. In his career, Ponting has scored 41 Test centuries and 62 half-centuries. In more ways than one, Ponting is second only to Tendulkar.

Even though Ponting’s place in the national team is under threat, one never knows when he will bounce back. If he remains consistent, he will pose threats to Tendulkar’s records.

 

Rahul Dravid

The “Wall” of Indian cricket has acted more of a bridge than a wall. Rahul Dravid was the difference between the wins and losses India went through, as he took his team to safety on more occasions than one. Dravid is probably the soundest technical player today.

He has shown that he can bat fluently and at a faster rate as well during the IPL games. His captaincy skills were also admired a lot during the IPL games. However, he was never a full time captain of the Indian cricket team. Dravid was not a natural athlete. However, with hard work and dedication he reached the position where he could command great respect from his fans and colleagues.

Milestones

Rahul Dravid has played 164 Test matches for India. He has scored 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31. Dravid may have scored comparatively lesser number of centuries – 41; there were many important knocks that saved India from certain defeats. Dravid has 63 half-centuries to his name.

In an important series against Pakistan in 2003-04, Dravid batted for more than 12 hours where he scored 270 runs. That knock helped India win the first series in Pakistan.

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