The Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) was established in 1996 in honor of the two cricket legends, Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border. Both players have more than 10000 runs in test cricket and hold several batting records in all three formats to their name.
This test series played against India and Australia has become a fan favorite and is among the most awaited series in the sport from the past two decades. The last series took place in 2021, and fans are excited to see both nations perform in this year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The series is already in the news due to the shift in venue from Dharamsala to Indore for the third test match, as the Indian cricket team announced today.
The list below discusses four batsmen with the highest number of centuries in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
- Virat Kohli (7 centuries in 37 innings)
A classy batsman and one of the most prolific run-chasers of our generations, Kohli’s name became synonymous with explosive batting in all three formats of cricket. Kohli gave some incredible performances in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy since his debut in 2011. His first century came in 2012 in the third test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, when he was unstoppable with his batting strokes and scored 116. The cricketer has not looked back since then and is on the fourth number on the list with seven Border-Gavaskar centuries to his name.
After the retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli guided India as the captain during the 2014-15 series. He made three centuries in his first series as a captain, one each at Adelaide (115), Melbourne (169), and Sydney (147). He became the second-highest run-scorer of this series with 692 runs to his name at an average of 86.50.
Between the period of 2011-23, Kohli amassed 1694 runs in his 21 matches at an average of 47.05 and a strike rate of 52.44, including seven centuries and five half-centuries. Out of his seven centuries, 6 of them came on Australian soil.
- Ricky Ponting ( 8 centuries in 51 innings)
Ponting, the star cricketer of his generation, was known for his explosive batting and fiery fielding. He played a variety of shots with impeccable precision and strength. Ponting made his Border-Gavaskar Trophy debut in the only test match between India and Australia in 1996. Since then, he has made 2555 runs in 29 matches at an average of 54.36 and a strike rate of 57.70, including eight centuries and a dozen of half-centuries
Ponting made his first BGT century in 1999 when he scored 125 runs in the first test match against India at Adelaide. He went on to score another century (141) in the third test match against India. He also became the highest run-scorer of the 1999-2000 BGT series, with 375 runs to his name. The 2003-2004 BGT series was another display of Ponting’s destructive batting skills, where he again became the highest run-scorer of the series with over 700 runs to his name. He won his only player of the match title in the third test match against India at MCG in 2003, where he led Australia to victory by scoring a double century in the first inning. Adelaide’s charm continued its magic as Ponting hit four centuries at the same venue (1999, 2003, 2008, 2012). He hit his other three centuries in Sydney (2000, 2012) and Melbourne (2003).
- Steve Smith (8 centuries in 30 innings)
Starting his career as a spinner, Smith developed himself to be one of the best batting talents in Australia. Despite his controversial career, he has given some memorable performances in the game. After his test debut in 2011, Smith became the captain of his team just five years later and was known as the most successful test batter during the mid-2010s.
His best Border-Gavaskar performance came during the 2014-15 India’s tour of Australia. Smith dominated the series by hitting four centuries, one in each test match against India at all four venues (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney).
He went on to score 769 runs in just 8 innings and won the title of the player of the series. Another memorable performance from Smith came during the 2016-17 series, where he scored 109 runs in the first test match, 178 runs in the third test match, and 111 runs in the fourth and final test match against India. He also became the highest run-scorer of the 2016-17 series with 499 runs to his name.
In his 15 BGT matches, Smith has scored over 1800 runs at an impressive average of 72.16 and a strike rate of 54.32, including eight centuries and five half-centuries.
- Sachin Tendulkar ( 9 centuries in 65 innings)
The Indian cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar, is the only player with nine hot one-hundreds in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy under his belt. Tendulkar, with his bat, was a sight on the ground. With a perfect balance of aggression, passion, and precision, he left behind a legacy. He was the most prolific run-scorer of his time and undoubtedly the best cricketer in the history of the game.
The genius batter had some outstanding innings against Australia and leads the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in many departments, including the highest number of centuries in the test tournament. Tendulkar made his first test century against the Aussies in the 1992 Sydney Test match, when he scored an unbeaten 148 at the age of 18, becoming the youngest Indian with a test century to his name. Tendulkar went on to score another century (114) during his first tour to Australia, showing his exemplary skills with impeccable batting strokes.
He made his first century during the 1997-98 BGT at Chennai, where he scored 155 runs in the third innings against Australia, helping India to set the massive run-chase of 348. He gave his best BGT performance in 2004 by scoring 241 runs in Sydney. The former cricketer has won the award for player of the match five times and the player of the series thrice (1997/98, 1999/2000, 2010/2011). Master Blaster also holds the record for the highest number of runs in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with over 3000 runs in 65 innings to his name.
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