Raj joins pantheon of greats

A list of the top run getters across all three formats in men's and women's cricket
Mithali Raj became the leading run scorer in women's ODIs with her knock of 69 against Australia in a losing cause

India’s skipper Mithali Raj recently became the highest run-scorer in the history of women’s ODI cricket after hitting 69 against Australia. To mark her achievement, we have listed the top five run-getters across all three formats in men and women’s cricket.

MEN’S TESTS

1. Sachin Tendulkar, India
Tests – 200
Runs – 15,921
Average – 53.78
100s – 51
50s – 68
Highest score – 248*

In a Test career spanning 25 years, Tendulkar became the first cricketer to break the 15,000-run mark and score 50 centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar played 200 Tests for India and is the first player to score 100 international centuries
Sachin Tendulkar played 200 Tests for India and is the first player to score 100 international centuries

2. Ricky Ponting, Australia
Tests – 168
Runs – 13,378
Average – 51.85
100s – 41
50s – 62
Highest score – 257

3. Jacques Kallis, South Africa
Tests – 166
Runs – 13,289
Average – 55.37
100s – 45
50s – 58
Highest score – 224

4. Rahul Dravid, India
Tests – 164
Runs – 13,288
Average – 52.31
100s – 36
50s – 63
Highest score – 270

5. Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka
Tests – 134
Runs – 12,400
Average – 57.40
100s – 38
50s – 52
Highest score – 319

Janette Brittin is also England’s leading run-scorer in World Cups with 1299 runs.
Janette Brittin is also England’s leading run-scorer in World Cups with 1299 runs.

WOMEN’S TESTS

1. Janette Brittin, England
Tests – 27
Runs – 1,935
Average – 49.61
100s – 5
50s – 11
Highest score – 167

In an international career of 20 years, Brittin, a right-handed opening bat, broke the record for the most Tests played and most runs and hundreds scored. She still holds all three records.

2. Charlotte Edwards, England
Tests – 23
Runs – 1,676
Average – 44.10
100s – 4
50s – 9
Highest score – 117

3. Rachael Heyhoe Flint, England
Tests – 22
Runs – 1,594
Average – 45.54
100s – 3
50s – 10
Highest score – 179

4. Debbie Hockley, New Zealand
Tests – 19
Runs – 1,301
Average – 52.04
100s – 4
50s – 7
Highest score – 126*

5. Carole Hodges, England
Tests – 18
Runs – 1,164
Average – 40.13
100s – 2
50s – 6
Highest score – 158*

Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs

MEN’S ODIs

1. Sachin Tendulkar, India
ODIS – 463
Runs – 18,426
Average – 44.83
100s – 49
50s – 96
Highest score – 200*

Aged 36, the Little Master became the first batsman to score a double-century in ODIs and his 49th ODI hundred, scored against Bangladesh in 2013, made him the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries.

2. Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka
ODIs – 404
Runs – 14,234
Average – 41.98
100s – 25
50s – 93
Highest score – 169

3. Ricky Ponting, Australia
ODIs – 375
Runs – 13,704
Average – 42.03
100s – 30
50s – 82
Highest score – 164

4. Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka
ODIs – 445
Runs – 13,430
Average – 32.36
100s – 28
50s – 68
Highest score – 189

5. Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka
ODIs – 448
Runs – 12,650
Average – 33.37
100s – 19
50s – 77
Highest score – 144

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WORLD RECORD: Mithali Raj becomes the leading run-scorer in ODIs, surpassing Charlotte Edwards

WOMEN’S ODIs

1. Mithali Raj, India
ODIs – 183
Runs – 6,028
Average – 51.52
100s – 5
50s – 49
Highest score – 114*

Raj has been the epitome of consistency in her ODI career, averaging over 50 in 15 calendar years since her debut in 1999. She has become the first woman to break the 6,000-run mark in ODIs.

2. Charlotte Edwards, England
ODIs – 191
Runs – 5,992
Average – 38.16
100s – 9
50s – 46
Highest score – 173*

3. Belinda Clark, Australia
ODIs – 118
Runs – 4,844
Average – 47.49
100s – 5
50s – 30
Highest score – 229*

4. Karen Rolton, Australia
ODIs – 141
Runs – 4,814
Average – 48.14
100s – 8
50s – 33
Highest score – 154*

5. Claire Taylor, England
ODIs – 126
Runs – 4,101
Average – 40.20
100s – 8
50s – 23
Highest score – 156*

The former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum is known for his aggressive opening style of play
The former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum is known for his aggressive opening style of play

MEN’S T20Is

1. Brendon McCullum, New Zealand
T20Is – 71
Runs – 2,140
Average – 35.66
Strike-rate – 136.21
100s – 2
50s – 13
Highest score – 123

The aggressive manner in which the former New Zealand captain played made him a pioneer of the T20 era. Along with West Indians Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, he is one of only three batsmen to have scored two centuries in T20I cricket.

2. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka
T20Is – 80
Runs – 1,889
Average – 28.19
Strike-rate – 120.54
100s – 1
50s – 13
Highest score – 104*

3. Martin Guptill, New Zealand
T20Is – 61
Runs – 1,806
Average – 34.73
Strike-rate – 131.44
100s – 1
50s – 10
Highest score – 101*

4. Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan
T20Is – 58
Runs – 1,779
Average – 32.34
Strike-rate – 136.84
100s – 1
50s – 12
Highest score – 118*

5. Virat Kohli, India
T20Is – 49
Runs – 1,748
Average – 52.96
Strike-rate – 135.50
100s – 0
50s – 16
Highest score – 90*

Charlotte Edwards led England to the inaugural World T20 title in 2009
Charlotte Edwards led England to the inaugural World T20 title in 2009

WOMEN’S T20IS

1. Charlotte Edwards, England
T20Is – 95
Runs – 2,605
Average – 32.97
Strike-rate – 106.93
100s – 0
50s – 12
Highest score – 92*

England’s ex-captain set the bar in T20I cricket after debuting in the format in 2004, helping her team to victory in the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2009.

2. Stafanie Taylor, West Indies
T20Is – 77
Runs – 2,389
Average – 37.92
Strike-rate – 102.05
100s – 0
50s – 19
Highest score – 90

3. Suzie Bates, New Zealand
T20Is – 87
Runs – 2,214
Average – 27.00
Strike-rate – 106.08
100s – 0
50s – 13
Highest score – 94*

4. Sarah Taylor, England
T20Is – 81
Runs – 2,054
Average – 30.20
Strike-rate – 109.60
100s – 0
50s – 15
Highest score – 77

5. Meg Lanning, Australia
T20Is – 70
Runs – 1,930
Average – 31.63
Strike-rate – 115.84
100s – 1
50s – 10
Highest score – 126

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