In cricket, the outstanding player, who has scored the most centuries or half centuries are always followed by their fans for their contribution. The players with the most consistent performance are able to score a record number of half centuries and centuries. With 264 half centuries, Sachin Tendulkar is the top rank holder. Ricky Ponting follows him with 217 half centuries. In the article below we will discuss the top 10 players with the most half centuries in international cricket
List Of 10 Players Who Has Scored Most Half Centuries In International Cricket
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1. Sachin Tendulkar – 264 half-centuries
Sachin Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973. He is a former Indian cricket player who led his country’s team. He is treated as one of cricket’s all-time great batsmen. Initially, Tendulkar started playing cricket when he was eleven years old. He started playing his first Test match against Pakistan in Karachi on November 15, 1989, at the age of sixteen, and went on to play for Mumbai domestically and India for nearly 24 years. In 2002, halfway through his career, Wisden ranked Tendulkar as the second-greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards, and the second-greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman. Tendulkar was part of the Indian cricket squad that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In 2003, he had already received the “Player of the Tournament” award.
Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 and the Khel Ratna Award in 1997. He also got the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards, in 1999 and 2008, respectively. In November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office declared to award him the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Further, he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010. Tendulkar won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the 2010 ICC Awards. He took retirement from all forms of cricket in November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match after leaving ODI cricket in 2012. Tendulkar scored a total run of 34,357 in 664 matches. Further, Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.
2. Ricky Ponting – 217 half-centuries
Ricky Ponting was born on December 19, 1974. He is a former cricketer, coach, and commentator from Australia. Ponting was captain of the Australia team during its “golden era”, between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Further, he is the most successful captain in cricket history, with 220 victories in 324 games with a winning rate of 67.91%. Ponting is one of the greatest cricketers of the modern era and, in December 2006, he received the highest rating for a Test batsman in 50 years, though Steve Smith surpassed him in December 2017. He is just behind Sachin Tendulkar on the list of cricketers with the most international centuries scored.
He played as a right-handed batsman, an excellent slip fielder, as well as a part-time bowler. Ponting was a key player of the 1999 World Cup-winning team and guided Australia to their second 5-0 Ashes victory. He also assisted his country win the 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cups. In 2006 and 2009, he guided Australia to back-to-back ICC Champions Trophy victories. With 48 victories in 77 Test matches between 2004 and December 31, 2010, he is one of the most successful Test captains of all time. Ponting played in more than 160 Tests and 370 ODIs, and he is the only cricket player to have played in 100 Test victories.
3. Kumar Sangakkara – 216 half-centuries
Kumar Sangakkara was born on October 27, 1977. He is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, businessman, member of the ICC Hall of Fame, and former president of Marylebone Cricket Club. Further, he is one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the sport. He was officially featured in the top three current batsmen in the world in all three formats of the match at various stages of his career. Further, he is the present IPL coach for the Rajasthan Royals. In his 15-year playing career, he scored 28,016 runs in all formats. Further, he was the second-highest run scorer in ODI cricket (just behind Sachin Tendulkar) and the sixth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket at the time of his retirement.
4. Jacques Kallis – 211 half-centuries
Jacques Kallis was born on October 16, 1975. He is a former cricket player and cricket coach from South Africa. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler who is widely treated as one of the greatest cricket players of all time and as South Africa’s greatest batsman ever. As of 2022, Kallis is the only cricket player in the sport’s history to have taken over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket, scored over 10,000 runs, and made 131 catches. In his Test match career, he scored 13,289 runs, took 292 wickets, and had 200 catches. With 166 Test matches under his belt, Kallis scored over 55 runs per game.
5. Rahul Dravid – 194 half-centuries
Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January 1973. He is a coach and former captain of the Indian team. Dravid presently serves as its head coach. He is famous for his sound batting technique. Dravid scored 24,177 runs in international cricket and is widely treated as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is also known as Mr. Dependable and often referred to as The Wall. Dravid was named one of the best five cricket players of the year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2000 and won the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. In December 2011, he became the first non-Australian cricket player to deliver the Bradman Oration in Canberra.
Dravid is the fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and Jacques Kallis as of January 2022. In 2004, after playing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first cricketer to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries. As of October 2012, he holds the record for the most catches taken by a cricketer (non-wicket-keeper) in Test cricket, with 210. Dravid also holds a unique record of never getting out for a Golden duck in the 286 Test innings. He has faced 31258 balls, which is the highest number of balls faced by any player in test matches. Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are presently the highest scoring partnership in Test cricket history having scored 6920 runs combined when batting together for India.
6. Virat Kohli – 192* half-centuries
Virat Kohli was born on November 5, 1988. He played cricket for the Indian cricket team and served as its captain in the past. Further, he is a right-handed cricketer who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Kohli is one of the greatest all-format batsmen of all time and is frequently treated as one of the best batsmen of his era. He guided the Indian cricket team in 213 matches across all three formats between 2013 and 2022. Kohli is one of the most successful Test captains with 40 victories from 68 matches. In 2011, Kohli started playing his first Test. Further, he became the first cricketer to hold the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI players in 2013.
At the ICC World Twenty20, Kohli has twice been rewarded Man of the Tournament (in 2014 and 2016). He is also the fastest cricketer to complete 23,000 runs, according to the world record. Kohli has won many awards– most notably the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade): in 2011–2020; Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year (2018); ICC ODI Player of the Year (2012, 2017, 2018) and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2016, 2017 and 2018). Further, he won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in addition to the Arjuna Award in 2013 and the Padma Shri in 2017.
7. Mahela Jayawardene – 190 half-centuries
Mahela Jayawardene was born on May 27, 1977. He is a former Sri Lankan cricket player who is the current consultant coach of the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team and the Head Coach of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Further, he is the most successful captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team along with Sanath Jayasuriya. He gained recognition for his captaincy skills in cricket and was rewarded for his instincts as a leader.
Initially, he started playing his first Test match in August 1997. The following year, in January 1998, he started playing his One Day International (ODI) match. In the first test of Sri Lanka’s home series against South Africa in 2006, Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara scored 624 runs for the third wicket, setting a record for the highest partnership in First-class cricket. Over the course of a playing career that lasted about 18 years, he played for Sri Lanka in 652 matches.
8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul – 166 half-centuries
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was born on 16 August 1974. He is a Guyanese cricket coach and former captain of the West Indies team. Considered one of the greatest batsmen of his time, Chanderpaul is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Test matches for the West Indies. Chanderpaul captained West Indies in 14 Test matches and 16 One Day Internationals. A left-handed batsman, Chanderpaul is famous for his batting style, which has been described as crab-like. He has scored 20,000 runs in international cricket. In 2008 he was also one of the five Cricketers of the Year by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) by the International Cricket Council.
9. Brian Lara – 164 half-centuries
Brian Lara was born on May 2, 1969. He is a former cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. Further, he is one of the best cricketers of all time. He held several cricketing records, including the highest individual first-class score of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, the only quintuple-hundred in first-class cricket history. Further, he held the top rank in the Test batting rankings on several occasions. In 2004, Lara owns the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 runs against England. Wisden featured Lara’s match-winning 153-run innings against Australia in 1999 as the second-best batting effort in Test cricket.
10. Inzamam-ul-Haq – 164 half-centuries
Inzamam-ul-Haq was born on 3 March 1970. He is famous as Inzi. Inzi is a Pakistani cricket coach and former Pakistan cricket player. He was the top run scorer for Pakistan in one-day internationals, and the third-highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket. Inzi is the only Pakistani cricketer to score 20,000 runs in international cricket. He was the captain of the Pakistan cricket team from 2003–07. As well as being a prolific batsman, he also sometimes bowled left-arm spin.
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