Top 25 Batsmen At Home In Test Cricket

All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards. Our ratings are based on conditions and diverse oppositions. Before the above mentioned date, there were primarily only two teams which dominated cricket. Moreover, matches were of unequal length with some ending in 4 days and some being timeless. Post 1950, West Indies and South Africa grew as test teams. Moreover, Asian teams India and Pakistan started improving after 1950 and became compenent at home at least. Performance in Asia and outside Asia are integral to our overall rating. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 25 batsmen in matches At Home

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2022-08-14

HOME Rating

This rating only includes stats of batsmen in matches At Home. The rating is divided into sections to make it easy to understand how it is calculated. Before each section, its criteria is highlighted in bold. Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier batsmen may change if current batsmen set new benchmarks. It is to be noted that U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and all stats of Pakistani batsmen are calculated accordingly.

The Trend Setter

The Trend Setter (TS) is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated as percentage points of TS. Let’s taken an example to understand it:-

  • Let’s assume that Sachin Tendulkar has scored 10,000 runs, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Virat Kohli, has scored 5,000 runs.
  • If the rating is out of 250, Sachin will get the full points (pts), that is 250.
  • The points of Kohli are calculated as His Runs/Sachin’s Runs*250. This comes out to be 125.
  • Thus the formula is (Runs Scored/Runs Scored By TS)*Max Points.
  • All ratings are calculated similarly with Runs being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
  • For Average, a batsman is eligible to be TS only if he has scored a minimum number of runs, which is mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • For Strike Rate, a batsman is eligible to be TS only if he has scored a minimum number of runs and has a minimum average, which are mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • Lastly, it is to be noted that it is not necessary for a TS to be part of the rating as he might have topped in a criteria but not done well in others.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 20
Min Innings v/s Top Teams 10
Min Runs (TS AVE) 1500
Min Runs v/s Top Teams (TS AVE) 1000
Min Runs (TS SR) 1000
Min Average (TS SR) 35
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for runs scored. We have divided cricket from 1950 onwards into 3 broad eras. This has been done to make it fair for players from earlier era, when less cricket was played, and also for current players, who are in the middle of their careers. Let’s take an example:-

  • Let’s assume Ricky Ponting has scored 10,000 runs, which is the maximum and gives him 250 points.
  • Now, say Viv Richards in earlier times scored 5,000 runs, which was the max for his era.
  • If there are no eras, he would get 50% of the pts, that is 125.
  • Instead of that, we reduced 50 pts (according to %age) from the max to arrive at the figure of 200 pts for Richards.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Richards and not Ponting.
  • So a player who has scored 1,000 runs in Richards’ era will get (1000/5000)*200 pts or 40pts.
  • Eras are calculated by MP, which is the mean of the years a player: First Played (FP) and Last Played (LP).

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Runs Scored

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 and 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS GA Gooch ENG 1975 1995 1985 131 5917 230.00
1 GA Gooch ENG 1975 1995 1985 131 5917 230.00
2 SM Gavaskar IND 1971 1987 1979 108 5067 196.96
3 GS Chappell AUS 1970 1984 1977 96 4515 175.50
4 Javed Miandad PAK 1976 1993 1984.5 86 4481 174.18
5 GS Sobers WI 1954 1974 1964 75 4075 158.40
6 DL Haynes WI 1978 1994 1986 84 3868 150.35
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS RT Ponting AUS 1995 2012 2003.5 154 7578 250.00
1 RT Ponting AUS 1995 2012 2003.5 154 7578 250.00
2 SR Tendulkar IND 1989 2013 2001 153 7216 238.06
3 DPMD Jayawardena SL 1997 2014 2005.5 129 7167 236.44
4 JH Kallis SA 1995 2013 2004 143 7035 232.09
5 KC Sangakkara SL 2000 2015 2007.5 124 6830 225.32
6 AN Cook ENG 2006 2018 2012 155 6568 216.68
7 BC Lara WI 1990 2006 1998 111 6217 205.10
8 S Chanderpaul WI 1994 2015 2004.5 133 6187 204.11
9 ML Hayden AUS 1994 2009 2001.5 98 5210 171.88
10 V Sehwag IND 2001 2013 2007 89 4656 153.60
11 MJ Clarke AUS 2004 2015 2009.5 86 4654 153.54
12 KP Pietersen ENG 2005 2014 2009.5 89 4537 149.68
13 Younis Khan PAK 2000 2017 2008.5 84 4382 144.56
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS JE Root ENG 2012 2022 2017 113 5578 220.00
1 JE Root ENG 2012 2022 2017 113 5578 220.00
2 DA Warner AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 87 4824 190.26
3 SPD Smith AUS 2010 2022 2016 73 3901 153.86
4 V Kohli IND 2011 2022 2016.5 71 3847 151.73
5 KS Williamson NZ 2010 2022 2016 66 3788 149.40
6 RG Sharma IND 2013 2022 2017.5 30 1760 69.42
C Ave

The Comparative Average (C Ave) for batsmen is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the average of batsmen at particluar positions (1-11) in a decade.
  • Second is the average of the opposition bowlers at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The average of the opposing team’s bowlers is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C Ave suggests that more runs were given by bowlers in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was easier to score runs against those oppositions and in those positions.
  • The batsmen’s points will thus be decreased accordingly.
  • Lower C Ave means the opposite.
R Ave

The Relative Average (R Ave) is calculated using the C Ave. Its formula is (Batsman’s Ave/His C Ave)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C Ave is comparatively high, your R Ave will be low; which is worse for batsmen. Broadly speaking, the following batsmen will benefit from this system:-

  • Openers, who face the new ball.
  • Lower order batsmen, whose averages are lower.
  • Batsmen who have played more in unfavourable conditions.
  • Batsmen who have played in an era where the bowlers dominated, like the 1980s or late 2010s
  • Batsmen who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.
Top Teams (TT)

The R Ave Rating is divided into two parts:-

  • One is Overall which gives points for the overall R Ave.
  • The second part is Against Top Teams, which gives points for R Ave against top teams.
  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • Further, they are divided into In Asia and Outside Asia.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams in the specific condition (Asia or outside Asia) or among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A batsman’s performace is counted in TT if he palyed against it in the specific condition and in the specific decade.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS 100s AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS RG Sharma 30 6 1760 7 73.33 35.32 72.67 200.00
1 RG Sharma 30 6 1760 7 73.33 35.32 72.67 200.00
2 GS Sobers 75 14 4075 14 66.80 34.25 68.27 187.88
3 SPD Smith 73 11 3901 14 62.92 33.92 64.92 178.67
4 DA Warner 87 7 4824 18 60.30 32.83 64.29 176.92
5 KS Williamson 66 8 3788 13 65.31 35.59 64.22 176.75
6 MJ Clarke 86 11 4654 17 62.05 36.74 59.11 162.69
7 Javed Miandad 86 13 4481 14 61.38 36.67 58.58 161.23
8 DL Haynes 84 15 3868 10 56.06 33.51 58.55 161.15
9 V Kohli 71 8 3847 13 61.06 36.79 58.09 159.87
10 JE Root 113 12 5578 17 55.23 33.67 57.41 157.99
11 BC Lara 111 5 6217 17 58.65 35.85 57.26 157.59
12 ML Hayden 98 8 5210 21 57.89 35.77 56.64 155.88
13 S Chanderpaul 133 27 6187 19 58.37 36.23 56.38 155.17
14 GS Chappell 96 13 4515 16 54.40 34.25 55.58 152.98
15 KC Sangakkara 124 11 6830 22 60.44 38.13 55.49 152.71
16 DPMD Jayawardena 129 9 7167 23 59.73 38.19 54.74 150.64
17 JH Kallis 143 19 7035 23 56.73 36.48 54.43 149.80
18 RT Ponting 154 21 7578 23 56.98 36.64 54.43 149.80
19 V Sehwag 89 3 4656 13 54.14 35.46 53.44 147.06
20 Younis Khan 84 7 4382 18 56.91 37.56 53.03 145.94
21 SM Gavaskar 108 7 5067 16 50.17 34.53 50.86 139.97
22 KP Pietersen 89 3 4537 15 52.76 37.12 49.75 136.91
23 SR Tendulkar 153 16 7216 22 52.67 37.20 49.56 136.39
24 GA Gooch 131 3 5917 15 46.23 32.84 49.27 135.59
25 AN Cook 155 7 6568 15 44.38 34.61 44.88 123.51

Against Top Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS 100s AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS RG Sharma 18 3 1117 5 74.47 35.32 73.79 200.00
1 RG Sharma 18 3 1117 5 74.47 35.32 73.79 200.00
2 GS Sobers 60 12 3398 11 70.79 34.25 72.34 196.07
3 MJ Clarke 60 6 3507 14 64.94 36.74 61.87 167.68
4 SPD Smith 63 8 3206 11 58.29 33.92 60.15 163.01
5 DL Haynes 70 13 3255 8 57.11 33.51 59.65 161.66
6 JE Root 84 9 4208 14 56.11 33.67 58.32 158.06
7 KS Williamson 32 3 1694 7 58.41 35.59 57.44 155.68
8 V Kohli 49 7 2508 8 59.71 36.79 56.81 153.96
9 Javed Miandad 47 9 2242 8 59.00 36.67 56.31 152.61
10 DA Warner 71 5 3481 13 52.74 32.83 56.23 152.39
11 BC Lara 87 4 4754 11 57.28 35.85 55.92 151.55
12 Younis Khan 61 4 3375 15 59.21 37.56 55.17 149.53
13 DPMD Jayawardena 92 6 5156 18 59.95 38.19 54.95 148.91
14 GS Chappell 76 11 3452 13 53.11 34.25 54.27 147.07
15 ML Hayden 64 4 3270 14 54.50 35.77 53.32 144.52
16 S Chanderpaul 97 17 4371 14 54.64 36.23 52.78 143.04
17 RT Ponting 99 10 4909 17 55.16 36.64 52.69 142.80
18 KP Pietersen 51 2 2718 10 55.47 37.12 52.31 141.76
19 V Sehwag 66 2 3348 10 52.31 35.46 51.63 139.94
20 JH Kallis 98 12 4612 16 53.63 36.48 51.45 139.45
21 KC Sangakkara 87 6 4524 12 55.85 38.13 51.27 138.96
22 SM Gavaskar 97 6 4394 13 48.29 34.53 48.95 132.66
23 SR Tendulkar 101 9 4421 13 48.05 37.20 45.22 122.54
24 GA Gooch 99 1 3874 8 39.53 32.84 42.13 114.18
25 AN Cook 89 1 3457 5 39.28 34.61 39.73 107.66
Ave HS

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 scores of the batsman in the specific condition. Average High Score (Ave HS) is simply the total runs in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL


Criteria: Points For Runs Scored In The Top 7 Inns

RANK BATSMAN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 AVE HS RAT
TS BC Lara 400* 375 213 209 196 176 167 248.00 200.00
1 BC Lara 400* 375 213 209 196 176 167 248.00 200.00
2 DPMD Jayawardena 374 242 237 213* 195 180 174 230.71 186.06
3 KC Sangakkara 287 232 222* 221 219 200* 199* 225.71 182.03
4 RT Ponting 257 242 221 209 207 197 196 218.43 176.15
5 V Kohli 254* 243 235 213 211 204 167 218.14 175.92
6 V Sehwag 319 293 201 173 173 165 164 212.57 171.43
7 MJ Clarke 329* 259* 230 210 166 148 145* 212.43 171.31
8 GA Gooch 333 210 196 183 174 154* 154 200.57 161.75
9 DA Warner 335* 253 180 163 154 145 144 196.29 158.29
10 KS Williamson 251 242* 238 200* 176 130 129 195.14 157.37
10 GS Sobers 365* 226 178* 153 152 147 145 195.14 157.37
12 Javed Miandad 280* 211 206 203* 163 154* 145 194.57 156.91
13 SR Tendulkar 217 214 201* 179 177 176 176 191.43 154.38
14 Younis Khan 313 213 199 194 153 136 131* 191.29 154.26
15 JE Root 254 200* 190 180* 180 176 154* 190.57 153.69
16 SM Gavaskar 236* 205 182* 176 172 166 155 184.57 148.85
17 ML Hayden 380 197 153 138 137 136 136 182.43 147.12
18 JH Kallis 224 201* 186 177 162 161 160 181.57 146.43
19 AN Cook 294 243 162 160 147 133 130 181.29 146.20
20 KP Pietersen 226 202* 175 158 158 152 149 174.29 140.55
21 GS Chappell 204 201 182* 182 150* 144 124 169.57 136.75
22 SPD Smith 239 192 165* 162* 141* 138 134* 167.29 134.91
23 S Chanderpaul 203* 166 153* 147* 140 137* 136* 154.57 124.65
24 RG Sharma 212 177 176 161 127 111* 102* 152.29 122.81
25 DL Haynes 167 145 143* 136 131 125 112* 137.00 110.48
C SR And R SR

The Comparative Strike Rate (C SR) and Relative Strike Rate (R SR) for batsmen is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with SR. Points to note are:-

  • Batsmen from the earlier era benefit from R SR.
  • This is because SR was generally low earlier and it has incresed with time.
  • Rest of the factors are the same as in R Ave.
R4BF

Balls played by batsmen for many inns is not available for earlier times. When such is the case, we have used Runs For Balls Faced (R4BF) to determine the Strike Rate. This is the runs scored by the batsman for the available data of balls.

ATTACKING


Criteria: Points For R SR

RANK BATSMAN R4BF BF SR C SR R SR RAT
TS N Kapil Dev 2343 2934 79.86 45.34 88.07 150.00
1 V Sehwag 4656 5581 83.43 51.04 81.73 139.21
2 DA Warner 4824 6584 73.27 51.20 71.55 121.87
3 RG Sharma 1760 2639 66.69 51.21 65.11 110.90
4 KP Pietersen 4537 6855 66.19 52.11 63.51 108.17
5 BC Lara 6217 10301 60.35 49.13 61.43 104.63
6 ML Hayden 5210 8285 62.88 51.71 60.80 103.56
7 RT Ponting 7578 12630 60.00 50.73 59.14 100.73
8 GS Chappell 4487 8756 51.24 43.47 58.95 100.41
9 GA Gooch 5917 11475 51.56 43.87 58.77 100.11
10 V Kohli 3847 6440 59.74 51.58 57.91 98.64
11 GS Sobers 347 753 46.08 40.89 56.35 95.99
12 JE Root 5578 9614 58.02 51.77 56.03 95.44
13 DL Haynes 3422 6927 49.40 44.17 55.93 95.26
14 MJ Clarke 4654 8035 57.92 52.24 55.43 94.42
15 KC Sangakkara 6830 12293 55.56 50.23 55.31 94.21
16 SM Gavaskar 3830 8189 46.77 43.57 53.67 91.41
17 SR Tendulkar 7205 13539 53.22 49.82 53.41 90.97
18 SPD Smith 3901 7137 54.66 51.60 52.96 90.21
19 KS Williamson 3788 6937 54.61 51.87 52.64 89.65
20 DPMD Jayawardena 7167 13661 52.46 50.21 52.24 88.98
21 Younis Khan 4382 8245 53.15 50.93 52.17 88.86
22 Javed Miandad 3264 7134 45.75 46.49 49.20 83.81
23 JH Kallis 7035 14740 47.73 50.50 47.25 80.48
24 AN Cook 6568 13675 48.03 52.12 46.08 78.49
25 S Chanderpaul 6187 14766 41.90 50.58 41.42 70.55
HM Rating

The HOME (HM) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BATSMAN PRO CONS C TT BIP ATT HM RAT
1 RT Ponting 250.00 149.80 142.80 176.15 100.73 819.48
2 BC Lara 205.10 157.59 151.55 200.00 104.63 818.87
3 DPMD Jayawardena 236.44 150.64 148.91 186.06 88.98 811.03
4 DA Warner 190.26 176.92 152.39 158.29 121.87 799.75
5 GS Sobers 158.40 187.88 196.07 157.37 95.99 795.70
6 KC Sangakkara 225.32 152.71 138.96 182.03 94.21 793.23
7 JE Root 220.00 157.99 158.06 153.69 95.44 785.17
8 V Sehwag 153.60 147.06 139.94 171.43 139.21 751.24
9 MJ Clarke 153.54 162.69 167.68 171.31 94.42 749.64
10 JH Kallis 232.09 149.80 139.45 146.43 80.48 748.25
11 SR Tendulkar 238.06 136.39 122.54 154.38 90.97 742.35
12 GA Gooch 230.00 135.59 114.18 161.75 100.11 741.63
13 V Kohli 151.73 159.87 153.96 175.92 98.64 740.11
14 KS Williamson 149.40 176.75 155.68 157.37 89.65 728.85
15 Javed Miandad 174.18 161.23 152.61 156.91 83.81 728.74
16 ML Hayden 171.88 155.88 144.52 147.12 103.56 722.95
17 SPD Smith 153.86 178.67 163.01 134.91 90.21 720.66
18 GS Chappell 175.50 152.98 147.07 136.75 100.41 712.71
19 SM Gavaskar 196.96 139.97 132.66 148.85 91.41 709.85
20 RG Sharma 69.42 200.00 200.00 122.81 110.90 703.13
21 S Chanderpaul 204.11 155.17 143.04 124.65 70.55 697.52
22 Younis Khan 144.56 145.94 149.53 154.26 88.86 683.15
23 DL Haynes 150.35 161.15 161.66 110.48 95.26 678.90
24 KP Pietersen 149.68 136.91 141.76 140.55 108.17 677.07
25 AN Cook 216.68 123.51 107.66 146.20 78.49 672.53

TOP TEAMS IN ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS WI PAK IND ENG
1960s WI AUS PAK IND ENG SA
1970s PAK ENG IND WI SA AUS
1980s PAK WI ENG NZ AUS
1990s IND PAK SA AUS WI
2000s AUS SL IND PAK SA ENG
2010s IND PAK SL ENG SA AUS
2020s IND PAK AUS ENG NZ SA

TOP TEAMS OUTSIDE ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS ENG WI SA PAK
1960s ENG AUS WI SA NZ
1970s SA ENG WI AUS IND
1980s WI NZ AUS ENG PAK
1990s AUS SA WI PAK ENG
2000s AUS SA ENG IND NZ
2010s SA AUS ENG NZ IND
2020s AUS SA NZ ENG WI IND



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