Fastest 6000 Runs in Test Cricket
1. Don Bradman (Australia)
Bradman, who made his Test debut on 30 November 1928, reached 6000 Test runs in November 1931 in his 68th innings and his 45th match. In that game, the 3rd Test of a series on India’s tour of Australia in Melbourne, the home side batted first. Bradman got to 6000 Test runs during his innings of 132, in Australia’s first-innings score of 394. India replied with 291 before Australia scored 255/4 declared – in which Bradman scored 127 not out – and set India a target of 359. Australia bowled out India for 125 in their second knock to register a 233-run victory.
2. G S Sobers (West Indies)
Sobers played his first Test on 30 March 1954. He got his 6000th run during his 111th innings, in his 65th match played in March 1968 in Georgetown against England. That was the fifth Test of a series on England’s tour of the West Indies. West Indies batted first; Sobers got to 6000 runs during his knock 152 in West Indies’ score of 414. England replied with 371. West Indies were bowled out for 264 – with Sobers not out on 95 – in their second innings, leaving England needing 308 to win. England hung on to finish with 206/9 when stumps were drawn on the last day.
3. SPD Smith (Australia)
Smith began his Test career on 13 July 2010. His 6000th run came in January 2018 during his 111th innings in his 61st match in Sydney against England in the 5th match of a series on England’s tour of Australia. England batted first and were bowled out for 346. Smith got to 6000 Test runs during his knock of 83 in Australia’s reply of 649/7 declared. In their second knock, England were bowled out for 180, making Australia the winners by an innings and 123 runs.
4. WR Hammond (England)
Hammond played his first Test on 24 December 1927 and accomplished his 6000th run in December 1938 during his 114th innings, in his 70th match, which was the 1st match of a series on England’s tour of South Africa played in Jo’burg. In that game, England batted first; Hammond got to 6000 runs during his knock of 24 in England’s total of 422. In reply, South Africa were bowled out for 390. England made 291 for 4 declared – in which Hammond scored 58 – leaving South Africa to score 324 to win. The match was drawn as the home team reached 108/1 by close of play.
5. L Hutton (England)
Hutton, who debuted on 26 June 1937, achieved his 6000th run in January 1954, during his 116th innings, in his 66th Test played in Kingston. That was the 1st match of a series on England’s tour of the West Indies. In that match, the hosts batted first and scored 417 before bowling out England for 170. Hutton scored 24 getting to the 6000-run milestone during the innings. West Indies made 209/6 declared, setting England a target of 457 to win. England were bowled out for 316 in their second knock, with Hutton contributing 56, allowing West indies to register a 140-run victory.
6. KF Barrington (England)
Barrington played his first Test match on 9 June 1955 and made his 6000th run in July 1967 during his 116th innings in his 72nd match at Lord’s, which was the second match of a series on Pakistan’s tour of England. England batted first and scored 369, largely due to Barrington’s innings of 148 during which he got past 6000 runs in Tests. Pakistan replied with 354. England declared their second innings at 241/9, in which Barrington scored 24. Set to make 257 to win, Pakistan reached 88/3 before the match ended in a draw.
7. KC Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Sangakkara, who began his Test career on 20 July 2000, scored his 6000th run in December 2007 during his 116th innings in his 71st test in Galle. That game was the 3rd match of a series on England’s tour of Sri Lanka. In that game, Sri Lanka batted first and scored 499/8 declared, including Sangakkara’s contribution of 46 that helped him surpass 6000 Test runs. Sri Lanka bowled out England for 81 and imposed the follow on. England got to 251/6 in their second knock before rain intervened to cut short proceedings.
8. SM Gavaskar (India)
Gavaskar, who played his first match on 6 March 1971, got to 6000 Test runs in January 1981 during his 117th innings in his 65th Test, which was the 2nd match of a series on India’s tour of Australia played in Adelaide. In that game, Australia batted first and piled up 528. Gavaskar got to 6000 runs during his innings of 23 in India’s reply of 419. The hosts declared their second innings at 217/7. Needing 331 to win, India managed to scrape out a draw, finishing at a precarious 135/8 when the play ended.
9. V Kohli (India)
Kohli, who made his Test debut on 20 June 2011, got to his 6000th Test run in August 2018 during his 119th innings in his 70th test in Southampton. It was the 3rd match of a series on India’s tour of England. In that match, England batted first and scored 246. Kohli got to his 6000th run during his innings of 46 in India’s reply of 273. England made 271 in their innings, setting India a winning target of 245 before bowling out the visitors for 184.
10. Viv Richards (West Indies)
Richards, who played his debut Test on 22 November 1974, achieved 6000 Test runs in April 1986 during his 120th innings in his 81st Test played in Port of Spain, which was the 4th match of a series on England’s tour of the West Indies. In that game, England batted first and were bowled out for 200. Richards got to his 6000 Test runs during his contribution of 87 to the West Indies total of 312. In their second knock, England collapsed to be all out for 150. Needing to score 39 to win, the hosts won by keeping all 10 wickets intact.
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