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Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the 10 Most Prolific Test Batsmen of All Time

Will ProtheroeContributor IIINovember 7, 2016

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the 10 Most Prolific Test Batsmen of All Time

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    West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become only the tenth player in history to pass 10,000 Test runs.

    Chanderpaul, 37, joins cricketing legend Brian Lara as only the second West Indian on the list.

    The Guyanese left-hander becomes the tenth batsman in history to pass the 10,000 mark.

    Chanderpaul reached the milestone with his 14th run in the second innings of the third Test against Australia in Dominica.

    However he was later out leg before wicket to Michael Clarke for 69 off the last ball of the day. This leaves the Windies in a tough spot, chasing 370 to win the test on the final day with 173-5.

    Who else is in this exclusive club of batsmen? Here we count down the ten most prolific run scorers in test cricket.

10. Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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    Test Runs: 10,055

    It has been a long road to 10,000 runs for Chanderpaul, but there are few who have deserved it more.

    Characterised by his strange batting stance and stubborn nature at the crease, Chanderpaul has been the West Indies' most reliable scorer in a batting order that has often struggled in recent years.

    He made his debut against England in 1994 and has featured in 140 test matches since then, averaging a brilliant 50.02.

    This has included 25 hundreds and 59 fifties, and while he may not have had the team around him to have emulated the successes of previous West Indian teams, Chanderpaul will still go down as one of their most reliable batsmen ever.

9. Sunil Gavaskar

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    Test Runs: 10,122

    At nine is one of the greatest opening batsmen ever to have played the game and the first man to amass 10,000 runs, Sunil Gavaskar.

    Much like Chanderpaul, Gavaskar's brilliance was not based off of huge hits, but rather an awesome defence.

    Gavaskar was comfortable with all types of bowling attacks. He was not intimidated by the ferocious pace of the West Indies, or the swinging conditions in England, keeping perfect balance at all times.

    While he was a controversial figure off the field, and remains so to this day, Gavaskar's proficiency with the bat saw him break multiple world records.

    His record for the highest number of Test hundreds was eventually overtaken in 2005 by Sachin Tendulkar, having stood for nearly 20 years.

8. Mahela Jayawardene

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    Test Runs: 10,440

    The eighth highest scorer is Sri Lanka's only entrant on the list, Mahela Jayawardene.

    One of the most elegant batsman in recent years, Jayawardene plays the game seemingly effortlessly. Using minimal movement and often playing the ball late, he can guide the ball to any corner of the ground.

    After making his debut in Colombo aged 20, he has played in 130 tests with an average of 51.17. He also holds the highest test score by a Sri Lankan with a 374 against South Africa in 2006.

7. Steve Waugh

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    Test Runs: 10,927

    The man who led Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins, Steve Waugh is number seven on the list.

    With an average of 51.06 over 168 test matches, Waugh was at the time the most capped Test cricket player in history.

    Waugh ended his career with 10,927 runs and is the third highest scoring Australian of all time.

    With 32 hundreds, Waugh was a vital part of one of the greatest sides in world cricket.

6. Allan Border

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    Test Runs: 11,174

    Setting eleven world records and captaining Australia to three consecutive Ashes series, Allan Border is the sixth highest scorer of all time.

    Border skippered Australia in 93 Tests, helping re-establish the side on the world stage and laying the groundwork for the world-beating side of the late nineties.

    He averaged 50.56 in his 156 tests. His best score of 205 was scored against New Zealand to take him above Greg Chappell as Australia's highest run-scorer.

5. Brian Lara

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    Test Runs: 11,953

    Brian Lara, the most famous name in cricket, makes his appearance on the list at number five.

    The left-hander's characteristic stance with his bat held high led him to become Test cricket's most prolific scorer.

    His biggest moment came in the final Test against England in Antigua in 2004.

    With the Windies facing the bleak prospect of a home series whitewash, Lara single-handedly put England to the sword, passing the previous best score of 380 by Matthew Hayden and then declaring after reaching the huge score.

    In doing so Lara became the first man to reclaim the high score after Hayden had beaten his previous best of 375, also against England in Antigua.

4. Jacques Kallis

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    Test Runs: 12,379

    Jacques Kallis, the only South African to make the list, enters at number four.

    The massive man from Cape Town has been crushing bowling attacks ever since he made his debut against England at Durban in 1995.

    One of the greatest all-rounders of all time, Kallis has not only scored 12,379 in test cricket, but also taken 276 wickets with his accurate bowling.

3. Rahul Dravid

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    Test Runs: 13,288

    Recently retired Rahul Dravid starts off the podium at number three.

    The 39-year-old has amassed 13,288 runs in 164 Tests since making his debut in 1996, making 36 centuries along the way.

    Nicknamed "The Wall" due to his patient batting style, Dravid scored at an average of 52.31.

    He has been the rock for India, staying cool and calm while others around him made the bigger, flashier shots.

    He was a huge factor in making India the number one side in Test and one-day international cricket in 2011.

2. Ricky Ponting

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    Test Runs: 13,266

    Second in our list comes Australia's inimitable former captain Ricky Ponting.

    In 164 matches, Ponting's 13,266 runs have come at a swift strike rate of 58.90.

    The Tasmanian debuted in test cricket at the age of 20 against Sri Lanka in Perth. After a 96 in that match, Ponting hasn't looked back.

    While his captaincy was darkened by three Ashes defeats, his legacy as a batsman has never been in doubt.

1. Sachin Tendulkar

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    Test Runs: 15,470

    At the top of the list is the greatest batsman of the modern era, Sachin Tendulkar.

    'The little wizard' has scored his runs at an astounding average of 55.44 over 188 matches, scoring over 2,000 more runs than anybody else.

    While other batsmen may prefer the conditions in certain areas of the world, Tendulkar flourishes in all climes and against all attacks.

    He is the only man who can even come close to challenging Don Bradman for the title of greatest batsman of all time.

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