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Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka has become the eleventh batsman in the history of cricket to have achieved 10,000 Test runs.

[caption id="attachment_186" align="alignright" width="234"]Sangakkara reached 10,000-run mark in least number of innings (Photo: Getty Images) Sangakkara reached 10,000-run mark in least number of innings (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

Though the first day of the ongoing traditional ‘Boxing Day Test’ in Melbourne has not proved any better for Sri Lanka because their inning ended only on 156 runs, Sangakkara was not only the top-scorer from the tourists with 58 runs, he also achieved the milestone.

He made his 10 thousandth Test run in the last over before the lunch break, and thus after touching the mark in his 195th inning, he became one of the three batsmen, along with Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, to have achieved 10,000-mark in the least number of innings.

Lara in Manchester against England in August 2004 and Tendulkar in Kolkata Test against Pakistan in 2005 made their 10 thousandth run. Interestingly, both the batsmen, like Sangakkara, were playing their 195th inning.

Before Sangakkara, only one Sri Lankan batsman, the present captain Mahela Jayawardene, crossed the mark. He achieved the milestone today (December 26) in 2011 against South Africa in the historic Durban Test, in which Sri Lankans for the first time beat Proteas in Tests.

The first player to score 10,000 runs in the history of the game was Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar, who, in March 1987, achieved the milestone against Pakistan in Ahmedabad Test.

Allan Border was the second player to reach his 10,000 Test runs in 1993, which was the last time in the 20th century any batsman reached the mark. But with the turn of the 21st century, many batsmen added to the list until now.

Below is the list of eleven players who have scored 10,000 runs in Tests. The list is arranged in ascending order according to the number of innings:

NameCountryvsVenueDateMatchesInningsCareer runs
Brian Laraویسٹ انڈیزEnglandManchesterAugust 12, 200411119511953
Kumar Sangakkaraسری لنکاAustraliaMelbourneDecember 26, 201211519510018
Sachin TendulkarبھارتPakistanKolkataMarch 16, 200512219515645
Ricky PontingآسٹریلیاWest IndiesNorth SoundMay 30, 200811819613378
Rahul DravidبھارتSouth AfricaChennaiMarch 26, 200812020613288
Mahela Jayawardeneسری لنکاSouth AfricaDurbanDecember 26, 201112721010674
Sunil GavaskarبھارتPakistanAhmedabadMarch 4, 198712421210122
Jacques Kallisجنوبی افریقہAustraliaJohannesburgFebruary 26, 200912921712980
Allan BorderآسٹریلیاWest IndiesSidneyJanuary 2, 199313623511174
Shivnarine Chanderpaulویسٹ انڈیزAustraliaRoseauApril 23, 201214023910696
Steve WaughآسٹریلیاEnglandSidneyJanuary 2, 200315624410927
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