Top 10: Most 100s in 4th Innings in Test Cricket – CricIndeed

Rodney P

Scoring a century in the 4th Innings of a Test match is a challenging milestone to achieve. There are two reasons for this.

One, the pressure of Test cricket will be at its peak in this phase of the game with a target in mind and the bowling side going all out for the win.

Secondly, after three full batting innings, the wear and tear of the pitch will make batting a stiff task. Especially in Asian conditions, it is the time when the spinners will be taking control of the game.

That is why it takes the champions of batsmanship to achieve the same. Pakistan’s Younis Khan, with 5 100+ scores, has the most centuries in the 4th innings of Test cricket.

The table below will look into the players who have scored the most centuries in the 4th innings of the longer format games.

Most Centuries in 4th Innings of Tests

Younis Khan (PAK)5401465171*50.516
Sunil Gavaskar (IND)433139822158.258
Ricky Ponting (AUS)443146215650.416
Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI)436124112837.64
Graeme Smith (ICC/SA)4411611154*51.969
Kane Williamson (NZ)425907121*50.384
Geoff Boycott (ENG)3341234128*58.767
Don Bradman (AUS)315734173*73.44
Graham Gooch (ENG)329112113344.845
Gordon Greenidge (WI)3381383214*53.196
Mahela Jayawardene (SL)336109612342.155
Ben Stokes (ENG)330100615537.254
Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG)31564413553.661
Sachin Tendulkar (IND)360162513636.937

Key Stats

Speaking about hundreds, only 6 batsmen have scored a double century in the 4th innings of a Test match, and two of them, Sunil Gavaskar and Gordon Greenidge, are placed on this list. However, it is George Headley’s 223 in 1930, which, to date after 90-odd years, stands tall as the highest score made by any batsman in the 4th innings of a test match.

Though Younis Khan tops the above list, only one out of his 5 4th Innings century has resulted in a Test win for Pakistan. In winning matches, it is South Africa’s Graeme Smith who tops the list, as all his 4 final innings centuries have yielded victories for his team. Ricky Ponting and Kane Williamson follow him with three 4th Innings 100s on winning causes.

Smith, along with two West Indian left-handers, Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, tops the same list for most 50+ scores during this phase – 13.

Geoff Boycott, having scored at 58.76, has the best 4th innings batting average for anyone who has made more than 1000 runs at this phase of the format, followed closely by Sunil Gavaskar.

For Team India, apart from Sachin and Gavaskar in the list, the former captains Mohammed Azharuddin and Virat Kohli have 2 centuries each in the 4th innings of Test matches. Find the list of Virat Kohli Test centuries categorised by innings, country, and opponents here.

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