A century is vital for any cricketer in his career. Generally, a ton is essential in any game format as it increases the total of a team. If compared to bowling, a century is equivalent to five-wicket hauls. Sachin Tendulkar has the highest international centuries (100), followed by Virat Kohli (75) and Ricky Ponting (71). Let’s have a look at the active cricketers with most centuries.
Top 10 active players with the most international centuries
1. Virat Kohli (75)
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is also regarded as one of the greatest batters in the world with the highest number of tons currently. He has scored 75 centuries in international cricket, 28 in test cricket, 46 in ODI, and 1 in T20Is. He had a century drought for almost three years after 2019 but broke it by mustering his maiden T20I ton in the Asia Cup against Afghanistan. In the third ODI against Sri Lanka, he scored his 46th ODI ton and now in the BGT against Australia, he scores his 20th Test hundred in the 4th Test.
2. David Warner (45)
Australian skipper David Warner has made a total of 45 centuries, that includes 25 in tests, 19 in ODIs, and 1 in T20I. Known for his aggressive style of batting, he scored his first century against Sri Lanka in 2012 where he gathered 163 runs. In December 2022, he notched up his last ton in his 100th test.
3. Joe Root (45)
The former skipper of England’s test team Joe Root is third on the list and notched up 16 ODI centuries, 29 in the Test format and none in T20I. He debuted in the Test in December 2012 and mustered his first ton in 2013 against New Zealand. His last hundred was against India in 2021 in the Test format.
4. Rohit Sharma (43)
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has a ton more than fifth-placed Steve Smith. His first century was during the tri-nation tournament in Zimbabwe. He scored 114 runs against the hosts. Currently, he holds 30 ODI tons, 9 Test centuries, and 4 in T20Is. His last century was against England in 2021.
5. Steve smith (42)
Australian cricketer Steve Smith has scored a total of 42 tons which includes 12 hundred in tests and 30 in the ODI. He smashed his first ton in the fifth match of the 2013 Ashes series where he piled up 138* runs. He has his ODI centuries in eight different venues across the world.
6. Kane Williamson (39)
Kane Williamson is one of the best batters currently and the skipper of New Zealand’s ODI team. He has mustered 38 tons overall which include 26 in tests and 13 in ODIs. His first century came against Bangladesh in the ODI format where he scored 108 runs.
7. Babar Azam (28)
Often compared with Virat Kohli, Pakistani skipper Babar Azam has scored tons 28 times. he notched up 9 tons in tests, 17 in ODIs, and 2 in T20s. From Pakistan, he is the batter with the highest runs (2,436) across every format in 2022. he made his ODI debut in May 2015 and mustered his first century in the same format in 2016 against West Indies.
8. Tamim Iqbal (25)
Bangladeshi cricketer Tamim Iqbal scored 14 centuries in ODI, 10 in the test, and 1 in T20I. His international debut was in 2007 against Zimbabwe and notched up his first ton against Ireland the next year. He’s considered to be one of the best cricketers in Bangladesh and a hard hitter too.
9. Shikhar Dhawan (24)
Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan mustered 24 hundred in his career so far. He scored 17 ODI centuries, and 7 in the test format. He made his ODI debut against Australia in 2010 and his Test debut against the same team in 2013. In his test debut, he scored the fastest ton in just 85 deliveries.
10. Jonny Bairstow (23)
English cricketer Jonny Bairstow mustered is the last on this list. He scored 11 ODI centuries and 12 test centuries and none in T20Is. He smashed his first ton off 53 deliveries against England in Hyderabad. In last year’s June, he smashed 136 runs off 92 deliveries on the 5th day of a test series against England.
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