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 is his closest rival while Protas' Jacques Kallis is silently closing into two legends. Sunil Gavaskar held the record of most test century for a long time before Tendulkar over took him and leads since then.
Rahul Dravid has slowed down in recent times but he too is 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.
Dark Horse might turn out to be Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka who's hit the purple patch with couple of years still remaining in his career. Sanga is already on top among the batsman who are still playing the game, going well past his best mate Mahela Jayawardene who once looked like breaking all records as an ideal batsman of longer version of cricket, always hungry. Also keep an eye on Michael Clarke of Australia, Alastair Cook of England and Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers of South Africa are they're among the best in the business these days..
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 21 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||130||51||17||287||10|
|Rahul Dravid (India)||36||165||63||32||270||8|
|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|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)||30||161||66||48||203*||17|
|Mathew Hayden (Australia)||30||103||29||14||380||14|
|Don Bradman (Australia)||29||52||13||10||334||7|
|Younus Khan (Pakistan)||28||94||28||14||313||15|
|Michael Clarke (Australia)||28||108||27||18||329*||8|
|Graeme Smith (South Africa)||27||114||38||13||277||11|
|Allan Border (Australia)||27||156||63||44||205||11|
|Gary Sobers (West Indies)||26||93||30||21||365*||12|
|Alastair Cook (England)||25||106||35||10||294||7|
|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|
|Hashim Amla (South Africa)||23||82||28||11||311*||7|
|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|
|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|
|Ian Bell (England)||21||103||41||24||235||11|
|Andrew Strauss (England)||21||100||27||6||177||15|
|Neil Harvey (Australia)||21||79||24||10||205||7|
|Gary Kirsten (South Africa)||21||101||34||15||275||13|
|David Boon (Australia)||21||107||32||20||200||16|
Selected othersThose who're coming up (still playing) and may join the list above are :-
AB de Villiers at 21 centuries, Chris Gayle = 15, Ross Taylor & David Warner = 12, Brendon McCullum = 11 and Virat Kohli = 10.