Sachin Tendulkar is the champion of centuries, in tests as you see in following table as well as of most ODI hundred list. Ricky Ponting of Australia was his closest rival while Protas' Jacques Kallis silently closed in to the two legends before all three retired. Sunil Gavaskar held the record of most test century for a long time before Tendulkar over took him and leads since then.
Rahul Dravid slowed down towards the end but he too was one of the best test batsman to have graced the game of cricket. Steve Waugh was known for his fighting innings while Don Bradman is star from yesteryears. Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara & Younis Khan hold the record for their individual country but can someone overhaul Sachin's achievement?
Dark Horse going forward might turn out to be Alastair Cook of England or Hashim Amla of South Africa as these two are currently at prime of their career and have already completed the half journey. Setting the record straight, following is a list of batsmen who have had a chequered test match career.
Note : Qualification has been set as minimum of 22 test match centuries.
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|Most century in test match cricket by a batsman in career.|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||51||200||66||32||248*||14|
|Jacques Kallis (South Africa)||45||166||58||40||224||16|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||41||168||62||29||257||17|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||38||134||52||17||287||11|
|Rahul Dravid (India)||36||165||63||32||270||8|
|Younis Khan (Pakistan)||34||113||31||18||313||17|
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)||34||148||49||16||374||14|
|Sunil Gavaskar (India)||34||125||45||16||236*||12|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||34||131||48||6||400*||17|
|Steve Waugh (Australia)||32||168||50||46||200||22|
|Alastair Cook (England)||30||136||51||15||294||8|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)||30||164||66||49||203*||14|
|Mathew Hayden (Australia)||30||103||29||14||380||14|
|Don Bradman (Australia)||29||52||13||10||334||7|
|Michael Clarke (Australia)||28||115||27||22||329*||9|
|Graeme Smith (South Africa)||27||114||38||13||277||11|
|Allan Border (Australia)||27||156||63||44||205||11|
|Hashim Amla (South Africa)||26||100||31||13||311*||9|
|Gary Sobers (West Indies)||26||93||30||21||365*||12|
|Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)||24||90||33||12||223||11|
|Greg Chappell (Australia)||24||87||31||19||247*||12|
|Vivian Richards (West Indies)||24||121||45||12||291||10|
|Kevin Pietersen (England)||23||104||35||8||227||10|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||23||102||32||6||319||16|
|Justin Langer (Australia)||23||105||32||10||250||11|
|Javed Miandad (Pakistan)||23||124||43||21||280*||6|
|Ian Bell (England)||22||118||46||24||235||14|
|Md Azharuddin (India)||22||99||21||9||199||5|
|Colin Cowdrey (England)||22||114||38||15||182||9|
|Wally Hammond (England)||22||85||24||16||336*||4|
|Geoffrey Boycott (England)||22||108||42||23||246*||10|
Selected othersThose who're coming up (still playing) and may join the list above are :-
21 centuries : AB de Villiers
18 centuries : David Warner
17 centuries : Steve Smith
16 centuries : Ross Taylor
15 centuries : Virat Kohli & Chris Gayle
13 centuries : Kane Williamson.