The much anticipated four-match Test series, also known as the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will take place between India and Australia and will begin on February 9 in Nagpur. The top-ranked Test squad, Australia, comes into this series with a string of strong showings over the previous two years.
However, due to home-field advantage and previous head-to-head statistics, the Indian squad is the favorite to win this championship. They will be counting on ace hitters Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara due to Jasprit Bumrah’s absence from the series. Steven Smith, who has an incredible eight centuries in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will be a key player for the Australian team. With seven centuries, Kohli isn’t far behind. So, based on the number of centuries scored, here are the top three cricketers in Border-Gavaskar Trophy history.
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3) Virat Kohli and Michael Clarke in “7 Centuries”
Kohli experienced a difficult period in which he spent nearly three years without scoring a hundred runs in any format. The former Indian captain, though, has recently returned to his greatest form in white-ball cricket with four centuries, and he will hope to continue this trend in Test matches as well.
India under Kohli became the first side to win every series in Australia, and he added to his burgeoning collection of international hundreds along the way. “Virat Kohli is the greatest one-day cricket batsman I have ever seen, in my view. “After seeing what he has accomplished for India, I have zero concerns,” said Clarke, a former World Cup-winning captain, in an interview with PTI.
The tenth-highest run scorer in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy standings is Virat Kohli (BGT). With an average of 47.05., Virat Kohli scored 1694 runs in 37 innings. He has also lived for 7 centuries and 5 half-centuries. 169 versus Australia is his greatest score.
Michael Clarke is fifth among all scorers of runs for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT). In 40 innings, Michael Clarke produced 2049 runs at an average of 53.92. He has also lived for seven centuries and six half-centuries. He has a 329-point* total versus India.
With the help of seven hundred, he has amassed 1682 runs from just 20 Test matches and is only two tons behind leader Sachin Tendulkar. With seven centuries and six half-centuries, former Australian player Michael Clarke also made a significant contribution to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Steven Smith and Ricky Ponting – 8 Centuries
Ricky Ponting racked up mountains of runs across multiple formats and excelled even more on big stages. He is the second-highest run-getter in Border-Gavaskar Trophy history, with eight centuries and 12 fifties.
Ricky Ponting is the second-highest run-scorer in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT). Ricky Ponting scored 2555 runs in 51 innings, averaging 54.36 runs per inning. He also has eight centuries and twelve half-centuries to his credit. His best performance against India was a 257.
Steven Smith has nearly 9000 test runs at an impressive average of 60.89 and has been a consistent performer in Border-Gavaskar Trophy history. He has 1742 runs in 14 Tests with eight tons, trailing only Sachin Tendulkar.
Steve Smith is ranked eighth all-time in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy all-time scorers list (BGT). Smith scored 1804 runs in 30 innings, averaging 72.16 runs per inning. He has eight centuries and five half-centuries to his credit. His best performance against India was 192.
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Sachin Tendulkar in Nine Centuries
Former Indian top-order batsman Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the best to have ever played the game and has encouraged several generations to take it up. In both ODI and Test cricket, the greatest cricketer in Indian history has scored the most hundreds. He has 100 runs, which makes him the only batsman in international cricket.
The legendary Indian batsman gave his all against the fearsome Australians, scoring a record 51 centuries and nearly 16000 Test runs. Although the Australian squad dominated international cricket during Sachin’s prime, the former Indian captain also made an impact. With 3262 runs from 34 Test matches, including a record nine centuries and 16 half-centuries, Sachin leads all scorers in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy’s list of top run scorers continues to be led by Sachin Tendulkar (BGT). In 65 innings, Tendulkar scored 3,262 runs at a 56.24 batting average. He has also lived for nine centuries and sixteen half-centuries. In the 2003–04 series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where India forced the visitors to tie 1–1 after four Test matches, he recorded his highest score (241*) against Australia.