5 players with most fours in Test cricket
The longest format of the game, the truest and traditional form of the game, has seen numerous changes over the years. One major change was the introduction of protective equipment such as helmets, pads, arm guards, chest guards and so on. With it changed the approach of the batsmen who grew more and more fearless. The balance shifted slightly towards the batsmen. And we saw a new era of batsmanship, an era where previous records were matched, and new ones created with every passing year.
The 1990s and 2000s was a period which produced a number of batsmen, who took batting records by storm and set new benchmarks of batsmanship. Out of many other records, the batsmen of that era dominate the list for most fours in a career.
Here we take a look at 5 batsmen with most fours in Test cricket.
#5 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) - 1491 fours
The stylish left-hander from Sri Lanka, the man with the most aggregate runs for the island nation, Kumar Sangakkara played a key role in the upliftment of Sri Lankan cricket in the 2000s. He finished his career with 12400 runs from 134 matches. The former skipper averaged 57.41, the highest among Sri Lankan batsmen and also the highest in this list. He had 38 hundreds and 52 fifties to his name, with the highest score of 319.
One of the finest batsmen to ever play the game, Sangakkara stands fifth in the list of fours in Tests, with 1491 fours accompanied by 51 sixes.
#4 Ricky Ponting (Australia) - 1509 fours
The World Cup-winning Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting was a key part of the golden era of Australian cricket. Ponting made the number 3 position his own, with a record of most runs at number 3 in Tests. He aggregated 13378 runs from 168 Tests at an average of 51.85.
His tally of 41 hundreds is the third most in Test cricket, accompanied by 62 fifties, with the highest score of 257. The former skipper hit 1508 fours in his test career and stands fourth in this list, along with 73 sixes.