Cricket is one of the most prestigious sports in the world. The massive fan following, and money involved with the sport has made the players some of the most famous names in the world. The batsmen of the gentlemen’s game have been regarded as some of the best athletes and sportspersons in the world and in this article, a short discussion on the top 5 cricketers of the world who has achieved a humungous number of runs over all three international formats of the sport.
No 5. Jacques Henry Kallis
Starting off with number 5 on the list is arguably the best and most respected South African player to have graced the sport of cricket and the only notable all-rounder in this list is. Jacques Henry Kallis, having played 19 years of cricket from 1995-2014 playing 617 innings; he was one of the most influential players in a game. Having scored 25,534 runs in Test, ODI and T20I combined he ranks as the best South African player in the history.
No. 4 Mahela Jayawardene
Moving onto number 4, a stylish player from Sri Lanka, is Mahela Jayawardene. He scored 25, 957 runs in all three formats over a period of 18 playing years and 725 international innings. He has won many trophies for the Sri Lankan national team through his sheer class and vigour at the batting crease.
No. 3 Ricky Ponting
At number 3, Australian batsmen feared by most bowlers around the world. Ricky Ponting was one of the greatest ever Australians to play the sport and he showed his passion and will in each of the 668 innings he represented Australia in. He scored 27, 483 runs in an illustrious career, filled with trophies including the world cup multiple times, spanning 17 years.
No. 2 Kumar Sangakkara
A fellow Sri Lankan teammate of Mahela who takes the number 2 spot is Kumar Sangakkara. The audience has always loved classy left-handed batsmen playing beautiful shots around the park, but Sangakkara was in a league of his own. With 28,016 runs in all formats with a career of 15 playing years and 666 innings, he was arguably the best Sri Lankan batsmen to take the stand on the pitch. His elegant yet formidable batting style mesmerized everyone including the opposition.
No. 1 Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
India has seen many great cricketers over the years, but it considers only one of them to be their God. The highest ever run-getter in the history of cricket is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. There was rarely an India cricket fan who would not take the opportunity to watch the legend of the sport playing against the best bowlers of the world. He scored over 34,000 runs in one of the greatest careers in a sport which lasted for 24 years including 782 innings. Having played a large number of matched one would counter the best player title, but he also holds the highest batting average amongst the top 5 highest run-getters in cricket. These 5 players amongst many more, have made cricket one of the largest sports in the world with an audience in every corner of the world.