Steve Smith Becomes Fastest Batsmen to score 8000 runs
Steve Smith, Image courtesy of Times of India

Steve Smith has always dominated Test Cricket. His dominancy can be seen by his records. Today, (24th March) he became the fastest batsman to score 8000 runs in Test Cricket’s history. He achieved the record during the third innings of the final Test against Pakistan.

Smith took only 151 innings to achieve this milestone. Earlier this record was in the name of former Sri Lankan legend, Kumar Sangakara, who scored 8000 runs in 152 innings.

Steve Smith started his career as a leg spinner but he is one of the best batsmen in the world. He is the 33rd batsman in the world and seventh from Australia to score 8000 plus runs in Test Cricket. Currently, he has the highest Test batting average and totals 27 hundreds to his name.

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 Fastest Players to reach 8,000 Test Runs

151 Innings – Steve Smith (Australia)

152 Innings – Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

154 Innings – Sachin Tendulkar (India)

157 Innings – Garfield Sobers (West Indies)

158 Innings – Rahul Dravid (India)

Smith has also joined the elite list. Matthew Hayden (164 innings), Ricky Ponting (165), Michael Clarke (172), Allan Border (184), and Steve Waugh (194) are the only other Australians to reach 8,000 Test runs.

However, currently, Steve Smith is going through a bad phase. He hasn’t scored Test century in over 420 days, which is disappointing the fans.

Steve Smith Becomes Fastest Batsmen to score 8000 runs
Steve Smith Becomes Fastest Batsmen to score 8000 runs

Meanwhile, Australia is in a great position in the third and final Test match against Pakistan. Australia declared their 2nd innings at 227/3 with a fabulous ton by Usman Khuwaja. By the end of the third day, Pakistan is at 73/0, they require 278 runs in 94 overs to win the Test match as well as series. On the other hand, Australia needs 10 wickets in 94 overs for the same.

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