Did you know it is a relatively short list!!
In cricket, the number of players who have played more than 100 test matches is relatively small. This exclusive list is so short that there are only 70 names on it. These 70 players hail from eight countries, with England having the most players at 15. Australia follows with 13, and India is third with 11.
The first player to ever play more than 100 Test matches was Colin Cowdrey from England. He featured in 114 Test matches in his international career that ranged from 1954 to 1975.
The player who has played the most test matches in cricket history is India’s Sachin Tendulkar, with 200 test matches. He achieved this feat in his final match against West Indies in 2013. His record has yet to be broken, and it may remain unattainable in the foreseeable future.
In second place, two players are tied with 168 test matches played. Coincidentally, they are both Australians. They are Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. Ricky was Australia’s 42nd Test captain, with his international career spanning from 1995-2012, where he was a right-handed top-order batsman. Steve was also a skipper, and his international career was from 1985 to 2004.
In fourth place is Jacques Kallis, the only South African in the top ten with 166 test matches. At number five, there is another tie; Rahul Dravid from India and Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the West Indies with 164 test matches each.
At number seven is the Englishman James Anderson, who recently surpassed Sir Alastair Cook to become the highest-ranked Englishman in this elite list. James has 162 test matches, while Alastair has 161. It is worth noting that James Anderson is the only active player in the top ten; the rest are retired. So we can expect to see him ascend the ranks, but to break Sachin’s record may prove impossible.
At ninth place is Allan Border from Australia with 156 Test Caps. Rounding off the top-ten list of players with the most test caps is Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lankan), with 149 test matches played.
Another prospect who might soon break into this list is Virat Kohli, the Indian Captain, whose tally is 91 Test caps so far.
For a player to be constantly included in the squad for Test cricket, he must be hard-working, outstanding, and consistent. However, there are a few anomalies where players have missed out on a chance to lift the World Cup Trophy.
Colin Cowdrey is a notable example of such a player. Although he had a stellar Test career, he only represented England in one ODI match. He did not feature in the inaugural ODI World Cup in 1975
Former Indian cricketer VSS Laxman also somehow managed to miss out on a World Cup. He had an impressive ODI career but missed out on the ODI WC 2003, being edged out by Dinesh Mongia. Since he never played any T20I games for India, he missed out on every T20I squad.
Ishant Sharma, the Indian pacer, has also had bad luck in inclusion in World Cup squads. He missed out on ODI world cups in 2011, 2015, and 2019. He also missed out on T20I WC team despite being active between 2008 and 2013
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