Fastest 8000 Runs in Test Cricket
In this article, we take a closer look at 10 batsmen who were the fastest to get to 8000 runs in Tests, including the number of innings and matches it took them to achieve the milestone. Sangakkara leads the pack having achieved the mark in his 152nd innings in his 91st Test match.
1. KC Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Sangakkara made his Test debut on 20 July 2000 and reached his 8000th run in August 2010 in his 152nd innings in his 91st Test. It was the 3rd match of a series on India’s tour of Sri Lanka played in Colombo. In that match, Sri Lanka batted first and scored 425 to which Sangakkara contributed 75. India replied with 436 before dismissing Sri Lanka for 267 in their second innings. Set a target of 258, India won the match by 5 wickets. Sangakkara reached 8000 Test runs during his second innings knock of 28.
2. SR Tendulkar (India)
Tendulkar debuted on 15 November 1989 and got to 8000 Test runs in his 154th innings in his 96th Test in May 2002 in Kingston which was the 5th match of a series on India’s tour of West Indies. West Indies batted first in that match and scored 422 before dismissing India for 212. The hosts were bowled out for 197 in their second knock. Set 408 to win, India were all out for 252, rendering West Indies the winners by 155 runs. Sachin contributed 86 to the chase, reaching the milestone of 8000 Test runs in the process.
3. G S Sobers (West Indies)
Sobers began playing Test cricket on 30 March 1954 and got past 8000 Test runs in his 157th innings in his 91st match played in February 1974 in Kingston. It was the 2nd Test of a series on England’s tour of the West Indies. England batted first and scored 353. In reply, West Indies declared their innings at 583/9. England were 432/9 in their second innings when stumps were drawn. Sobers contributed 57 to the West Indian score.
4. R Dravid (India)
Dravid began his Test career on 10 December 2005 and reached 8000 runs during his 158th innings in his 94th Test in Delhi, the 2nd match of a series on Sri Lanka’s tour of India. India, who batted first, scored 290 before dismissing the visitors for 230. In their second knock, India made 375/6 declared in which Dravid’s contribution was 53. Chasing 436 to win, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 247, making India the winners by 188 runs.
5. V Sehwag (India)
Sehwag played his first Test match on 3 November 2001 and reached his 8000th run in December 2011 during his 160th innings in his 93rd match that took place in Melbourne and was the 1st match of a series on India’s tour of Australia. In that game, Australia batted first and scored 333 before bowling out the visitors for 282, in which Sehwag made 67. India bowled out Australia for 240 in their second knock. Chasing 292 to win, India collapsed to be all out for 169, allowing Australia to win the match by 122 runs.
6. Javed Miandad (Pakistan)
Miandad began playing Test cricket on 9 October 1996 and reached his 8000th Test run in October 1990 during his 162nd innings in his 107th match in Faisalabad. That was the 3rd match of a series on New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan. Pakistan batted first in that match and collapsed to be all out for 102. New Zealand made 217 before Pakistan managed a score of 357 in their second knock in which Javed Miandad made 55. Set to score 243 to win, the visitors were bowled out for 177, leaving Pakistan the winners by 65 runs.
7. BC Lara (West Indies)
Lara, who made his Test debut on 6 December 1990, achieved 8000 Test runs in May 2003 in his 164 innings in his 94th Test in St John’s which was the 3rd match of a series on Australia’s tour of the West Indies. In that game, Australia batted first and made 240 before dismissing West Indies for an identical score. In their second knock, Australia made 417. West Indies managed to chase down the record target of 418 with 3 wickets to spare. Lara, who had scored 68 in the first innings, reached his 8000th Test run during his second-innings knock of 60.
8. ML Hayden (Australia)
Hayden played his first Test match on 4 March 1994 and got to 8000 Test runs in December 2007 during his 164th innings in his 92nd Test held Melbourne. It was the 1st match of a series on India’s tour of Australia. Australia batted first and made 343 on the back of Hayden’s knock of 124. India were bowled out for 196 before Australia declared their second innings closed at 351/7. Set to make 499 to win, India collapsed to be all out for 161 in their second innings, letting Australia win by 337 runs.
9. RT Ponting (Australia)
Ponting, who played his first match on 8 March 1995, got to 8000 Test runs in January 2006 in his 165th innings in his 100th Test in Sydney which was the 3rd match of a series on Australia’s tour of South Africa. South Africa batted first and scored 451/9 declared. Australia made 359 in reply before the visitors declared their 2nd innings closed at 194/6. Set to make 287 to win, Australia reached the target with 8 wickets to spare, thanks largely to Ponting’s innings of 143 not out, following up on his first innings knock of 120 during which he got to his 8000th run.
10. DPMD Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
Jayawardene, who began his Test career on 2 August 1997, scored his 8000th run in February 2009 during his 165th innings in his 101st Test played in Karachi. It was the 1st match of a series on Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 644/7 thanks largely to Jayawardene’s innings of 240. Pakistan replied with 765/6 declared but the match ended in a draw, with the visitors finishing on 144/5 when stumps were drawn.
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