Power Hitters in Test Match Cricket

Power Hitters in Test Cricket – Normally the term “power hitters” is associated with the limited-overs formats, like the 50 overs and the T20 matches. In these formats, the batsmen play a crucial role in the innings. Many power hitting performances have come from players like McCullum, Warner, Gilchrist, Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Sehwag, Afridi, etc… Many more players have opened in the limited-overs format and have been very successful.

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Earlier, test cricket was played in a normal way. Batsmen used to defend the ball more than they used to attack. Players like Rahul Dravid also used their defensive techniques in the game. But, when the 50 over format was introduced in cricket, the attacking mindset of the batsmen came in play. Their mindset to play the game defensively completely changed due to this new format. While looking at all these one may wonder… Can England’s ODI world cup winning captain feature in the red ball cricket? Eoin Morgan is an attacking batsman with a 147 run knock against Afghanistan in their recent face-off. He bats at number 4 in the limited-overs format.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

England is somehow worried for their number 4 spot in test cricket. Currently, Joe Denly is inexperienced for an International level of the game which is why they might try Eoin Morgan at number 4 in test cricket. Morgan has the required experience for the international game. He has played international cricket for quite some time now and will be able to use his international cricket experience in the longer version of the game.

Today we bring the Top Power Hitters in Test Match Cricket. These batsmen are highly rated in the limited-overs format just like Eoin Morgan and their contribution is immense in the red ball cricket too.

Chris Gayle – Gayle is known as the Universal Boss of the T20 and the league games. Gayle hasn’t really been permanent in test cricket for West Indies. Some call him as the self-proclaimed universal boss. But, he has been a power hitter in test cricket. Gayle has no style and elegance but he has scored 7214 runs to his name from just 103 matches. Gayle has also scored 3 triple hundreds and is now amongst the great names like Sir Don Bradman, Brian Lara, and Virender Sehwag.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

Brendon McCullum – Baz, the former Kiwi Skipper has been a threat to the bowlers across all the formats. This man is the greatest example of a transformed player. He has been a successful batsman in all formats of the game, be it the test, ODI or T20Is. He has always had an upper hand over the bowlers. He has never been afraid to use his footwork or to go down the track to the bowlers. Baz is known to be a destructive stroke player who can bat both as an opener and as a middle order batsman. His destructiveness was clearly seen when he scored his fastest test Ton against Australia at Christchurch. In that match, he scored a hundred in just 54 balls. McCullum also became the first-ever Kiwi player to score a triple hundred in a test match. His knock of 302 runs was his highest score in test match cricket. Baz has scored a total of 6008 runs in 94 matches. His average in test cricket is 38.64 and 30.41 in ODI. Many people are surprised by his late success in the test matches as compared to his ODI career. McCullum has scored 12 hundreds and 32 fifties in test cricket and 5 hundreds and 32 fifties in the 50 over format. There has been a huge improvement in his ODI form. He was a natural attacker of the cricket ball. But his career strike rate is just 64.60 which is lower than other attacking batsman. Baz looked proper in the shorter format but still played a vital role for New Zealand in test cricket.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

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Sanath Jayasuriya – Sanath is the batsman who attacked the bowlers from the word ‘go’. He was a batting powerhouse all alone, who plundered the bowlers in all the formats of the game. Jayasuriya has been blessed with amazing hand-eye coordination and was also the most effective in the Asian conditions where the ball didn’t seem much. He had a varied range of shots and was a fearless puller of the short balls. He also played the cut short to good effect. Many times, he used his iron-like forearms to play some mindblowing shorts after which the bowlers wondered if their own performace was poor. The greatest example is when he scored 340 runs against India at Colombo. ‘The Matara Mauler’, Sanath Jayasuriya played 110 games for Sri Lanka where he scored 6973 runs to his name. He averaged 40.07 with a strike rate of 65.27.

Ricky Pointing – Ricky is the greatest Aussie skipper who had a fearless approach in the test and the One Day formats. Ricky Pointing was the highest run scorers for Australia. He had all the shots in his books and converted his starts to score a mammoth hundreds for his country. He was specially known for his pull short. Pointing was the best puller of the short balls and played the test format as well as he played the ODIs. He scored big runs at a quick in the longer version also. Pointing played some 168 test matches and scored 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85 with a strike rate of 58.72.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

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Mathew Hayden – Mathew, the fearless Aussie opener played in all the formats of the game. He was the attacking batsmen in the tests, the ODIs and the T20s. He had the ability to put the best attack out in the field. Hayden mainly stood outside of the crease to reduce the swing of the ball. He had a technique to put the pressure back on the bowlers. He was a free flowing batsman who scored big hundreds and was a formidable opener with the best run scores for Australia. Hayden and Justin Langer were the best openers for Australia at that time. Hayden’s 380 run knock against Zimbabwe at Perth was the best knock played by him and it was also the second highest score in test matches at the time. Mathew Hayden scored 8625 runs from 103 matches and averaged at 50.73 with a strike rate of 60.10.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

Kevin Pietersen – KP was the best England batsman to play in the middle order. He gave a new leash of life to England’s test cricket. It was KP who provided  England with the much needed spark. Before Pietersen, the England players played an orthodox brand of cricket with classical techniques and copy booked stroke plays. Then KP came in and established himself as the middle order batsman for England. He was the run accelerator for England in the test matches. His performances in the Ashes saw him tonking the Aussies bowlers. He was the player who made an impact in England’s cricket. He always stepped on the gas to win the test matches. His only downfall was that he didn’t go well with the team management of England. He made a good name for himself and became the best explosive batsman in the test format for England. Pietersen played 104 test matches in which he scored 8181 runs at an average of 47.28 with a strike rate of 67.71.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

Brian Lara – Brian Lara is the magician which the Windies had. Lara was the most attractive batsman in the longer version of the game. He was the most dangerous batsman known to build a long innings. He was a flashy and eye catching stroke player for his country and made the best use when he got his eye in. Brian Lara scored big hundreds and looked majestic while playing the cover drive and the late cut. He holds a record for the highest test and the first class score. Lara averaged at 52.88 with a strike rate of 60.51. This shows his command and power in the game. Lara scored 11,953 runs from 131 matches.

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Adam Gilchrist – Adam is the player who has blasted the bowlers in all formats of cricket. He opened the innings in the ODIs and the T20s but played in the middle-order in test. He was the best and the most destructive wicket keeper batsman in the world. He could turn the game with his power hitting performance on his day. Gilchrist was a hard hitter who damaged many great bowling. He added an extra dimension to the batting line up of Australia. In Test Cricket, he used to hit boundaries and sixes with ease. He scored a hundred in 57 balls against England at Perth. This was a glimpse of his power hitting performance. He has scored 100 sixes in the test matches and was the first one to do so. He scored 5570 runs from 96 matches with an attacking strike rate of 81.95.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

Virender Sehwag – Sehwag was the one who redefined the approach of the new ball. He was the most destructive opening batsman in the test cricket arena. His attacking skills were the best form of defence. He played cricket very attackingly and trusted his hand eye coordination so much so that he never used his footwork. Due to his power hitting and explosive batting he put many bowlers under pressure. His stroke play helped India many times. He scored many centuries at home and abroad. Sehwag scored 2 triple hundreds to his name. This feat was only achieved by Sir Don Bradman and Chris Gayle. Virender Sehwag has scored 8585 runs from 104 matches with an average of 49.34 and a strike rate of 82.23.

Power Hitters in Test Cricket

Sir Vivian Richards – Richards is the batsman who played test cricket attackingly when no one did it. Vivian Richard was the one who started playing test cricket more attackingly than in a normal defensive way. Richards mesmerized the bowlers with his attacking stroke play. He was the genius who went ahead of time and never feared the bowlers. He was great in imposing his presence felt at the crease. Sir Vivian Richards will be a legend forever. His amazing stroke play came against the best bowlers of that era. He had a strike rate of 70.19 which the other batsmen could only dream of. Richards was one batsman who started the aggression in batting in the longest form of the game which is now being followed by many other cricketers in test cricket. Sir Vivian Richards played 121 test matches and scored 8549 runs at an average of 50.23 with a strike rate of 70.19.

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