Fastest To 31 Test Centuries In Terms Of Innings
Kane Williamson becomes joint second fastest batter to score 31 Test centuries (X.com)
Test cricket is known to be the ultimate test of the players, not only does it test one or two aspects of the game but it challenges everyone to be active throughout the course of five days. Whether it's by batting the whole day or bowling long spells, Test cricket requires patience, grit, consistency and whatnot. In the history of Test cricket, there have been many cricketing legends when it comes to batting but only a few have been able to hammer a truckload of runs and registered their names for multiple records.
Scoring a ton in Test cricket is arguably the most satisfying feeling for every batter and making it happen consistently is what makes the player consistent. Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting and a few others have managed to smash most centuries in the longest format.
And now the fab four of this modern era are breaking the records of the veterans with their mastery. As Kane Williamson smashed his 31st Test century in the first Test against South Africa, we at OneCricket have managed to find out the players who took the fewest innings to score 31 Test centuries.
Let's have a look at the top batters taking the fewest innings to score 31 centuries in the history of Test cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar - 155 Innings
Sachin Tendulkar (X.com)
Whether there's a discussion about most runs, most centuries or even most records, Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian batting legend is always there. With nearly 16000 Test runs including 51 Test centuries, Sachin has been exemplary for the Indian team throughout his career. Not only does he hold the record for most centuries in the world but also has the most Test centuries.
When it comes to scoring his 31st Test century, it came in his 155th Test innings, which makes him appear at the first spot, being the fastest to get to the 31st Test hundred. Sachin's 31st Test ton came against the West Indies team at the iconic venue of Kolkata, Eden Gardens, where he ended up scoring 176 runs.
Steve Smith - 170 Innings
Steve Smith (X.com)
Talking about the longest format, Steve Smith is one of the best things that happened for Australian cricket in the last 15 years. Making his debut as a leg-spinner and then transforming himself into one of the modern-day batting greats, Smith has come a long way. His versatility has allowed him to open the innings as he has started batting right at the top after David Warner's retirement.
In his career, Steve Smith has hammered 32 Test centuries and his 31st century came in his 170th innings, which makes him the second fastest to achieve this feat. This century came in the most important clash against India, in the World Test Championship final at The Oval Cricket Ground and he helped the Aussies clinch the Test mace by winning the game.
Kane Williamson - 170 Innings
Kane Williamson (X.com)
The captain of the New Zealand team, Kane Williamson might be the one who does not speak so much but his bat and career do. He is an immaculate gun for the Kiwis when it comes to the longest format of the game. With nearly 8500 Test runs, Kane is turning out to be a legend in the longest format with his consistency.
Williamson's recent century against South Africa in the first Test makes him the third fastest batter to reach 31 Test centuries and equalling the record of Steve Smith achieving the feat in 170 innings. In the same game, he scored a ton in the first innings as well, helping the Kiwis seal a massive win by 281 runs.
Ricky Ponting - 174 Innings
Ricky Ponting (X.com)
The absolute legend of Australian cricket and one of the greatest captains in the cricket world, Ricky Ponting is the fourth fastest in the list of smashing the 31st Test century. Ponting with his mastery achieved the feat in his 174th innings, which was against Bangladesh and he went on to score an unbeaten 118 runs.
In his 168-matches-long Test career, Ponting slammed over 13000 including 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries with a breath-taking average of over 51 throughout his career. He not only helped the Aussies win the World Cup twice but also led them to become the number-one Test team.