Top 10 highest individual scores in Test cricket history
Batsmen are the ornaments of cricket. Cricket fans have always loved to see their favorite batsmen score huge hundreds across generations. In this blog, we shall have a look at a glance at the Top 10 highest individual scores in Test cricket history in descending order of numbers.
10. David Warner 335* v Pak 2019
David Warner was one of the least expected candidates to challenge the highest ever individual score barrier. Judging by his high-risk batting at the top. However, in the 2019 pink-ball Test at Adelaide, he scored a mammoth 335 not out (418 balls, 39 fours, 1 six) against a helpless Pakistan bowling attack using his typically explosive drives, cuts and pulls. He surpassed both Mark Taylor and Don Bradman who jointly scored 334. With this triple, Warner became the highest individual run-getter in an innings and first-ever triple centurion in a day-night Test.
9. Wally Hammond 336* v Aus 1933
Hammond was regarded as England’s greatest batsman in history. He scored a massive 336 not out against New Zealand at Auckland in 1933 hitting 34 fours and 10 sixes 6 years before the start of the 2nd world war.
8. Hanif Mohammed 337 v WI 1958
The Mr dependable of Pakistan piled on 337 against the mighty West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958 against a formidable bowling attack of Gilchrist and Sobers. Hanif was a patient opening batsman who could bat for hours. In his marathon knock which was one of the longest in tests, he hit only 24 fours and not a single six.
7. Sanath Jayasurya 340 v India 1997
Jayasurya was one of the most celebrated Srilankan batsman of the 1990s and did not start to open the innings till 1995. In 1997 Jayasurya grinded the Indian bowling to dust at Colombo to pile on 340 in 578 balls with 36 fours and 2 sixes. Srilanka scored 952 in that innings which is an existing world record for the highest innings score. Jayasurya was the first triple centurion for Srilanka.
6. Sir Len Hutton 364 v Aus 1938
Len Hutton in 1938 broke Hammond’s record to become the highest individual scorer in a single innings of a test. By piling on 364 in a marathon 13 hours facing 847 balls and hitting 35 fours against Bradman’s formidable Australia. England scored 903 in that innings which stayed as a world record for around 60 years.
5 Sir Gary Sobers 365* v Pak 1958
20 years after Len Hutton’s 364, the lefthander Sir Gary Sobers got a superb 365 not out with 38 fours against Pakistan at Kingston in 1958. This broke Hutton’s 20-year-old record for the highest individual Test scorer in an innings. Incidentally in the same series, Hanif scored his 337 in the 1st test.
4 Mahela Jayawardene 374 v SAF 2017
Jayawardene became the 2nd Srilankan to score a great triple hundred. His 374 off 572 balls with 43 fours and 1 six scored vs a formidable South African bowling in 2006 at Colombo. His long vigil and classic touch made his triple a great viewing. He fell just a few runs short of the existing world record.
3 Brian Lara 375 v Eng 2004
Finally, it was Brian Lara in 1994 vs England at St John’s Antigua. Who scored a record-breaking 375 playing 538 balls and smacking 45 fours and broke Gary Sobers’ 36-year-old record of 365 v Pakistan. Gary Sobers was present on the ground during Lara’s record and congratulated him on his great feat.
2 Mathew Hayden 380 v Zim 2003
When people were thinking that Lara’s record will pass the test of time, out of nowhere Mathew Hayden smashed 380 vs Zimbabwe at Perth in 2003 in 437 balls. His innings were studded with 38 fours and 11 sixes. This is the fastest 300 hundred plus score in tests with a strike rate of 86.
1 Brian Lara 400* v Eng 2004
In just 6 months, Brian Lara retained his spot as the highest individual scorer in a Test innings by surpassing Mathew Hayden’s 380 . In the process of getting back his world record which still stands today, Lara scored the first quadruple hundred. His 400 not-out was played off 582 balls and was studded with 43 fours and 4 sixes. This innings again came at St John’s Antigua like his 375. The England bowling attack was formidable comprising of Harmison , Flintoff , Simon Jones and Hoggard , the one which won the Ashes against the invincible Australians in 2005 .