Ricky Ponting holds the record for most number of © Getty Images
Ricky Ponting holds the record for most number of 50-plus scores in Tests © Getty Images

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kumar Sangakkara have scored 50-plus in both innings of the Test 12 times in their career. The record is held by Ricky Ponting (15). Bharath Seervi lists the players who have scored 50-plus, 75-plus, 90-plus and 100-plus in both innings of the Test most number of times.

Ricky Ponting has the record of scoring 50-plus in both innings of a Test match most number of times. He did it on 15 occasions in his Test career of 168 matches. Next is Jacques Kallis who did it on 14 occasions. Allan Border and Kumar Sangakkara follow in the list, having achieved the feat on 13 and 12 occasions respectively. Below is the table listing all the players who scored 50-plus in both innings of the Test on 7 or more occasions.

Players scoring 50-plus in both innings of a Test in 7 or more matches

Number Player
15 RT Ponting
14 JH Kallis
13 AR Border
12* KC Sangakkara
12* S Chanderpaul
11 Inzamam-ul-Haq
10 R Dravid
10 GS Chappell
10* AN Cook
9 SR Tendulkar
9 BC Lara
9 VVS Laxman
9 SM Gavaskar
9 GA Gooch
9 G Boycott
8 GS Sobers
8 ML Hayden
8 MA Atherton
7 GR Viswanath
7* Younis Khan
7 RB Simpson
7 GC Smith
7 H Sutcliffe
7 MA Taylor
7 Mohammad Yousuf
7 MEK Hussey
7 JavedMiandad
7 DPMD Jayawardene
7 A Flower
7* CH Gayle
7 MC Cowdrey

 

When the bar is raised to scoring 75-plus in both innings of the Test, it is Border who tops the list. He did so on 7 occasions followed by Ponting who did it in 6 Test matches. Shivnarine Chanderpaul , Brian Lara and Gordon Greenidge are the ones to do it 5 times. Below is the table listing all those who did it three or more times.

Players scoring 75-plus in both innings of a Test in 3 or more matches

Number Player
7 AR Border
6 RT Ponting
5* S Chanderpaul
5 CG Greenidge
5 BC Lara
4 G Boycott
4 R Dravid
4 Inzamam-ul-Haq
4 JH Kallis
4 AJ Strauss
3 M Amarnath
3* HM Amla
3 MA Atherton
3 DG Bradman
3 GS Chappell
3 PA de Silva
3 SM Gavaskar
3 GA Gooch
3 ML Hayden
3 JavedMiandad
3 SM Katich
3 JL Langer
3 Saleem Malik
3* KC Sangakkara
3 H Sutcliffe
3* Younis Khan

 

If scoring more than 90 runs in both innings of the Test is considered, Greenidge and Ponting top the list. They both did it four times in their career. Border, Aravinda de Silva, Sunil Gavaskar, Kallis and Sangakkara did it three times.  The table below lists the complete list.

Players scoring 90-plus in both innings of the Test in 2 or more matches

Number Player
4 CG Greenidge
4 RT Ponting
3 AR Border
3 PA de Silva
3 SM Gavaskar
3 JH Kallis
3* KC Sangakkara
2 S Chanderpaul
2 GS Chappell
2* AN Cook
2 TM Dilshan
2 R Dravid
2 Hanif Mohammad
2 ML Hayden
2 GA Headley
2 BC Lara
2 LRD Mendis
2 GS Sobers
2 AJ Strauss
2 H Sutcliffe
2 CL Walcott

 

There are 74 occasions of a player scoring 100-plus in both innings of the Test. Ponting and Sunil Gavaskar have done it the most number of times – three times. Ponting scored 100-plus in both innings of his 100th Test match as well. Ten other batsmen have scored centuries in both innings of the Test twice in their career. Sangakkara done both of them in the last couple of years. The table lists those players.

Players scoring centuries in both innings of the Test on 2 or more occasions

Number Player
3 SM Gavaskar
3 RT Ponting
2 AR Border
2 GS Chappell
2 PA de Silva
2 R Dravid
2 ML Hayden
2 GA Headley
2 JH Kallis
2* KC Sangakkara
2 H Sutcliffe
2 CL Walcott

 

There have been nine occasions of a player scoring 125-plus in both innings of the Test match. None of the players did it more than once. Recently it was achieved by David Warner against South Africa.

Border is the only player to have scored 150-plus in both innings of a Test match.

Sangakkara and Chanderpaul find their names in the above tables and have the chances to top the tables in their future matches.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)