Top 25 Test Batsmen In Difficult Runs

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All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards (Know Why). Most of our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier batsmen may change if current batsmen set new benchmarks. Brief explanation of the ratings is given before each section (Detailed Explanation). Difficult Runs are runs scored in the first and fourth innings after losing the toss. Here are the Top 25 batsmen in 1st and 4th inns after losing the toss in Test cricket.

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2023-08-09

THE CRITERIA


The DIFF RUNS Rating is divided into four main sections:-

CRITERIA STAT POINTS
Prolific Runs Scored 300.00
Consistent Average 300.00
Big Innings Potential Top Scores 250.00
Attacking Strike Rate 150.00
The Trend Setter (TS)

TS is the player who does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated taking the TS as the benchmark. Know All About TS. Here is a simple example:-

  • TS Runs: 2,000; Player X Runs: 1,000; Section Points: 250.00
  • TS Points: 250.00(Max); Player X Points: Runs/TS Runs X 250 = 1,000/2,000 X 250 = 125.00
  • Ratings of all sections are calculated similarly with Runs being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
Top Teams (TT)

Difficult Runs Rating considers performances only against the Top Teams.Here is some information about the 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.
  • A batsman’s performace is counted in TT if it comes in the specific condition and in the specific decade.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 10
Min Runs (TS AVE SR) 750
Min Average (TS SR) 30

PROLIFIC


The Eras

The time period from 1950 to present is divided into eras for this section. This is because less cricket was played earlier. To make it fair for earlier players they are compared with players of the same period with a slight reduction in points. Know More About Eras.

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 And 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015

Criteria: Points For Runs Scored

RANK ERA 1 NAT I1 I1 RNS I4 I4 RNS INNS RUNS RAT
TS SM Gavaskar IND 11 372 23 1175 34 1547 190.00
1 SM Gavaskar IND 11 372 23 1175 34 1547 190.00
2 DL Haynes WI 19 774 19 573 38 1347 165.44
3 IVA Richards WI 18 952 10 388 28 1340 164.58
4 GR Viswanath IND 8 547 18 608 26 1155 141.86
5 GS Chappell AUS 13 629 12 335 25 964 118.40
6 Javed Miandad PAK 10 580 12 372 22 952 116.92
7 KR Stackpole AUS 3 158 15 655 18 813 99.85
8 GS Sobers WI 6 350 13 423 19 773 94.94
RANK ERA 2 NAT I1 I1 RNS I4 I4 RNS INNS RUNS RAT
TS S Chanderpaul WI 18 829 24 870 42 1699 200.00
1 S Chanderpaul WI 18 829 24 870 42 1699 200.00
2 RT Ponting AUS 12 607 24 1024 36 1631 192.00
3 JH Kallis SA 21 869 21 728 42 1597 187.99
4 KP Pietersen ENG 12 841 20 742 32 1583 186.34
5 SR Tendulkar IND 13 491 34 952 47 1443 169.86
6 Younis Khan PAK 14 369 20 1031 34 1400 164.80
7 DPMD Jayawardena SL 18 703 17 636 35 1339 157.62
8 AB de Villiers SA 9 634 21 677 30 1311 154.33
9 ML Hayden AUS 8 568 19 639 27 1207 142.08
10 SP Fleming NZ 15 959 10 204 25 1163 136.90
11 BB McCullum NZ 15 776 12 359 27 1135 133.61
12 L Klusener SA 9 509 4 59 13 568 66.86
RANK ERA 3 NAT I1 I1 RNS I4 I4 RNS INNS RUNS RAT
TS JE Root ENG 14 498 25 846 39 1344 180.00
1 JE Root ENG 14 498 25 846 39 1344 180.00
2 SPD Smith AUS 15 875 18 456 33 1331 178.26
3 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 7 504 8 338 15 842 112.77
4 TM Head AUS 8 543 6 221 14 764 102.32
5 RR Pant IND 7 251 6 359 13 610 81.70

CONSISTENT


R Ave

Relative Average (R Ave) is a more accurate type of average. Know How It Is Calculated. Briefly, it takes into account:-

  • Strength of Opposition.
  • Positions at which a batsman has played.
  • Venues at which he has played.
  • Time Period in which he has been active

Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS IN1 AVE IN4 AVE AVE R AVE RAT
TS TM Head 14 67.88 44.20 58.77 63.26 300.00
1 L Klusener 13 84.83 29.50 71.00 85.96 300.00
2 TM Head 14 67.88 44.20 58.77 63.26 300.00
3 GS Sobers 19 70.00 52.88 59.46 62.22 295.06
4 Shakib Al Hasan 15 72.00 48.29 60.14 60.89 288.77
5 KR Stackpole 18 52.67 59.55 58.07 60.65 287.60
6 RR Pant 13 35.86 71.80 50.83 59.00 279.77
7 Javed Miandad 22 72.50 41.33 56.00 57.39 272.14
8 SM Gavaskar 34 33.82 69.12 55.25 57.28 271.62
9 KP Pietersen 32 76.45 43.65 56.54 54.35 257.72
10 IVA Richards 28 52.89 48.50 51.54 54.10 256.54
11 GS Chappell 25 48.38 55.83 50.74 53.35 253.02
12 SP Fleming 25 68.50 25.50 52.86 52.76 250.21
13 RT Ponting 36 55.18 53.89 54.37 52.59 249.40
14 ML Hayden 27 71.00 42.60 52.48 52.23 247.66
15 GR Viswanath 26 68.38 40.53 50.22 51.72 245.28
16 DL Haynes 38 40.74 63.67 48.11 51.52 244.31
17 S Chanderpaul 42 55.27 45.79 49.97 50.58 239.85
18 AB de Villiers 30 79.25 33.85 46.82 47.45 225.00
19 BB McCullum 27 51.73 35.90 45.40 47.21 223.87
20 Younis Khan 34 26.36 68.73 48.28 46.09 218.58
21 JE Root 39 38.31 47.00 43.35 45.96 217.94
22 SPD Smith 33 62.50 26.82 42.94 44.28 209.99
23 JH Kallis 42 41.38 45.50 43.16 43.34 205.53
24 DPMD Jayawardena 35 41.35 42.40 41.84 40.36 191.37
25 SR Tendulkar 47 37.77 36.62 37.00 36.48 173.01

BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL


Ave HS

In this criteria, the top 5 scores of the batsman have been taken. Average High Score (Ave HS) is simply the total runs in the 5 innings divided by 5.

Criteria: Points For Runs Scored In The Top 5 Inns

RANK BATSMAN 1 2 3 4 5 AVE HS RAT
TS SM Gavaskar 221 205 113 102 96 147.40 250.00
1 SM Gavaskar 221 205 113 102 96 147.40 250.00
2 IVA Richards 208 146 130 101 98 136.60 231.68
3 RT Ponting 157* 156 143* 123 100* 135.80 230.33
4 AB de Villiers 278* 106* 103 92 85 132.80 225.24
5 KP Pietersen 202* 152 115 101 92 132.40 224.56
6 SP Fleming 262 129 97 67 67 124.40 210.99
7 DPMD Jayawardena 213* 123 105 104 72 123.40 209.29
8 ML Hayden 197 136 96 91 90 122.00 206.92
9 BB McCullum 224 145 97 80 61 121.40 205.90
10 Younis Khan 131* 130 126 111 107* 121.00 205.22
11 Shakib Al Hasan 217 144 96 84 59 120.00 203.53
12 GR Viswanath 222 114 112 75* 73 119.20 202.17
13 JH Kallis 161 120 108 105 101 119.00 201.83
14 SR Tendulkar 155 136 119* 103* 76 117.80 199.80
14 SPD Smith 143 121 115 110 100 117.80 199.80
16 S Chanderpaul 136* 122* 116* 104 104 116.40 197.42
17 JE Root 153* 115* 98 95 87 109.60 185.89
18 GS Chappell 176 115 109* 74 73* 109.40 185.55
19 Javed Miandad 153* 129* 103* 79 75 107.80 182.84
19 DL Haynes 131 125 103* 96 84 107.80 182.84
21 TM Head 163 114 101 77 72 105.40 178.77
22 GS Sobers 178* 109* 74* 69 64 98.80 167.57
23 RR Pant 146 114 97 89* 37 96.60 163.84
24 L Klusener 174 118* 95* 61* 34* 96.40 163.50
25 KR Stackpole 136 114 79 76* 67 94.40 160.11

ATTACKING


R SR

Relative Strike Rate (R SR) is calculated using the same method as R Ave with average being replaced with SR. Batsman who were active in earlier times benefit from this as SR was generally low earlier.

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.

Criteria: Points For R SR

RANK BATSMAN R4BF BF SR R SR RAT
TS IVA Richards 1287 1865 69.01 75.92 150.00
1 IVA Richards 1287 1865 69.01 75.92 150.00
2 RR Pant 610 836 72.97 70.03 138.37
3 BB McCullum 1135 1596 71.12 68.44 135.22
4 GS Chappell 964 1757 54.87 63.74 125.94
5 ML Hayden 1207 1856 65.03 63.13 124.73
6 RT Ponting 1631 2580 63.22 61.71 121.92
7 L Klusener 568 997 56.97 60.69 119.90
8 Shakib Al Hasan 842 1348 62.46 60.37 119.28
9 TM Head 764 1204 63.46 59.84 118.23
10 KP Pietersen 1583 2571 61.57 59.40 117.37
11 KR Stackpole 622 1391 44.72 55.61 109.87
12 SR Tendulkar 1443 2705 53.35 53.68 106.07
13 GR Viswanath 894 1993 44.86 52.77 104.26
14 SM Gavaskar 1187 2639 44.98 52.31 103.35
15 DL Haynes 1347 2959 45.52 51.14 101.04
16 Younis Khan 1400 2719 51.49 50.06 98.91
17 S Chanderpaul 1699 3530 48.13 48.68 96.18
18 DPMD Jayawardena 1339 2718 49.26 48.54 95.91
19 Javed Miandad 890 2060 43.20 48.00 94.85
20 JE Root 1344 2702 49.74 47.93 94.70
21 SPD Smith 1331 2690 49.48 47.08 93.02
22 SP Fleming 1163 2561 45.41 46.20 91.29
23 JH Kallis 1597 3588 44.51 44.75 88.42
24 GS Sobers 112 317 35.33 44.22 87.36
25 AB de Villiers 1311 2984 43.93 42.26 83.50

DIFF RUNS RATING


The DIFF RUNS (DR) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RANK BATSMAN PRO CON BIP ATT DR RAT
1 SM Gavaskar 190.00 271.62 250.00 103.35 814.97
2 IVA Richards 164.58 256.54 231.68 150.00 802.80
3 RT Ponting 192.00 249.40 230.33 121.92 793.64
4 KP Pietersen 186.34 257.72 224.56 117.37 786.00
5 S Chanderpaul 200.00 239.85 197.42 96.18 733.46
6 Shakib Al Hasan 112.77 288.77 203.53 119.28 724.34
7 ML Hayden 142.08 247.66 206.92 124.73 721.40
8 TM Head 102.32 300.00 178.77 118.23 699.31
9 BB McCullum 133.61 223.87 205.90 135.22 698.60
10 DL Haynes 165.44 244.31 182.84 101.04 693.63
11 GR Viswanath 141.86 245.28 202.17 104.26 693.57
12 SP Fleming 136.90 250.21 210.99 91.29 689.39
13 AB de Villiers 154.33 225.00 225.24 83.50 688.07
14 Younis Khan 164.80 218.58 205.22 98.91 687.51
15 JH Kallis 187.99 205.53 201.83 88.42 683.77
16 GS Chappell 118.40 253.02 185.55 125.94 682.90
17 SPD Smith 178.26 209.99 199.80 93.02 681.07
18 JE Root 180.00 217.94 185.89 94.70 678.53
19 Javed Miandad 116.92 272.14 182.84 94.85 666.74
20 RR Pant 81.70 279.77 163.84 138.37 663.67
21 KR Stackpole 99.85 287.60 160.11 109.87 657.44
22 DPMD Jayawardena 157.62 191.37 209.29 95.91 654.20
23 L Klusener 66.86 300.00 163.50 119.90 650.26
24 SR Tendulkar 169.86 173.01 199.80 106.07 648.74
25 GS Sobers 94.94 295.06 167.57 87.36 644.93

TOP TEAMS

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

Top Teams Outside Asia


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5
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 NZ ENG SA IND


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