Many cricket fans consider tests as the purest form of the sport of cricket. Unlike ODIs, T20Is, and T10 matches, Tests last over five days. The batsmen and the bowlers need to specialize in their skills. Also, they need to have proper stamina levels to play Test. Patience is also a key element in tests. Generally, fans see lesser run-out ‘s in tests than the shorter formats. The batsmen have enough time in the middle.
However, there is confusion in the middle sometimes. That confusion results in a run out. In this article, we will have a look at those five batsmen who have got run out the maximum times in Test cricket.
5. Thilan Samaraweera – 11 run-outs
Sri Lanka’s Thilan Samaraweera is at the fifth spot on this list. Thilan played Test cricket from 2001 to 2013. In that period, he represented the Sri Lankan Test team in 81 Tests. Samaraweera aggregated 5,462 for his nation in 132 Test innings. His batting average was 48.77.
Samaraweera had the potential to play big knocks. His highest score in Test match cricket was 231. Also, he registered 30 fifties and 14 centuries. However, he also got run-out 11 times in his career. He got run out three times each against Pakistan and West Indies.
4. Allan Border – 12 run-outs
Australian legend Allan Border achieved many milestones in his career. The Test series between India and Australia is named after him. Border played 156 Tests for Australia. He aggregated 11,174 runs for his country at an average of 50.56. Notably, Allan recorded 27 centuries in his career.
Considering he played 265 Test innings in his career, one can understand he would have had a confusion 12 times with his partners. Border got run out only a dozen times in 156 Tests. This equals to 4.53% of his dismissals. Border also registered 63 half-centuries. He played Test cricket from 1978 to 1994.
3. Matthew Hayden – 12 run-outs
Another Australian batsman with 12 run-outs in tests is Matthew Hayden. The left-handed batsman played Test cricket from 1994 to 2009. He donned the Baggy Green in 103 Test matches. Hayden amassed 8,625 runs in 184 Test innings. His highest score in tests was 380.
Hayden’s run out percentage was slightly more than Allan Border. In his Test career, Matthew got run out in 6.52% of the innings where he got dismissed. He had a great average of 50.74. Hayden played his best cricket against Zimbabwe as he had an average of 250.50 against them.
2. Rahul Dravid – 13 run-outs
Interestingly, Rahul Dravid holds the record for the most run out dismissals for an Indian batsman. Dravid was usually calm and composed. Many youngsters see him as a role model for his calmness. However, he had got run-out 13 times in tests. Dravid had a run-out percentage of 4.55%.
Rahul represented India in 164 Tests. He came out to bat 286 times for the team. Dravid owns the record for facing the most balls in international cricket. Thus, one can say that the numbers are too big on Rahul’s end to have 13 run-outs. Dravid played his last Test in 2012.
1. Ricky Ponting – 15 run-outs
Ricky Ponting is the only batsman in Test cricket history to lose his wicket via run-out 15 times. The former Australian captain will be remembered as one of the greatest cricket skippers of all time. He represented the Aussies in 168 Tests and batted in 287 innings. Ponting scored over 13,000 Test runs. His batting average was of 51.85 in the game’s most prolonged format.
Ponting recorded 41 centuries and 62 fifties for the Australian cricket team. He generally batted at the number 3 position. After retirement, Ponting has been giving his views on cricket. He has also tried his hand at coaching. Ponting had played his last Test match for the Australian team against South Africa in 2012.