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Sehwag, Dravid better than Tendulkar?


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India maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who surprassed Brian Lara to become the highest run-getter in Test cricket is placed way down at number 26 in the ICC's all-time ratings for Test batsmen. Contemporary batsmen such as Kevin Pietersen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis are all ahead of Tendulkar.

Why is this? Take a look at these startling numbers. Virender Sehwag has been India's best batsman in this decade (2000 to date) in terms of greatest contribution to the team (percentage of total runs).

Batsmen with highest percentage of team runs (since 2000)
(Min.10 Tests)

#
Batsman
For
Mts
Runs
Team Runs
% T Runs
1
A Flower
Zim
24
2214
11373
19.47
2
BC Lara
WI +
66
6380
33750
18.90
3
Mohammad Yousuf
Pak
64
5873
35574
16.51
4
KP Pietersen
Eng
45
4039
25094
16.10
5
KC Sangakkara
SL
78
6525
41031
15.90
6
DPMD Jayawardene
SL
85
7026
44362
15.84
7
JH Kallis
SAf+
96
8139
51733
15.73
8
V Sehwag
Ind+
66
5617
36103
15.56
9
S Chanderpaul
WI
77
5969
38581
15.47
10
Habibul Bashar
Ban
50
3026
19785
15.29
11
Inzamam-ul-Haq
Pak+
62
5113
33675
15.18
12
RT Ponting
Aus
95
8658
57091
15.17
13
DJ Cullinan
SAf
17
1200
7942
15.11
14
Younis Khan
Pak
58
4816
31890
15.10
15
GC Smith
SAf+
75
6271
41970
14.94
16
MA Atherton
Eng
22
1438
9722
14.79
17
R Dravid
Ind+
97
7811
52846
14.78
18
CL Hooper
WI
22
1609
10893
14.77
19
ML Hayden
Aus
96
8364
57538
14.54
20
MH Richardson
NZ
38
2776
19188
14.47
21
SR Tendulkar
Ind
83
6588
45927
14.34
22
G Gambhir
Ind
22
1826
12794
14.27
23
G Kirsten
SAf
45
3497
24613
14.21
24
ME Trescothick
Eng
76
5825
41319
14.10
25
PA de Silva
SL
14
939
6661
14.10

Indian batsmen with highest percentage of team runs (since 2000)
(Min.10 Tests)

#
Batsman
For
Mts
Runs
Team Runs
% T Runs
1
V Sehwag
Ind
65
5534
35769
15.47
2
R Dravid
Ind
96
7788
52512
14.83
3
SR Tendulkar
Ind
83
6588
45927
14.34
4
G Gambhir
Ind
22
1826
12794
14.27
5
VVS Laxman
Ind
86
5820
47882
12.15
6
SS Das
Ind
23
1326
11599
11.43
7
W Jaffer
Ind
31
1944
17142
11.34
8
SC Ganguly
Ind
81
4780
44274
10.80

Note: Sehwag and Dravid are credited with 66 and 97 Tests in the first table, while they are shown with 65 and 96 Tests in the second table. This is because these two players also played a Test for ICC World XI v Australia.

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