most runs in a single test match by a batsman (including both innings score of a test match). English cricketer Graham Gooch holds this record of most runs scored in test cricket match.

Graham Gooch - most runs scored in a test match by a single player

Do you know, which player has scored the most runs in a single Test match?

Please note that we are not talking about highest individual score in a test innings. Most of us know the highest test score is 400 not out and it is scored by Brian Lara against England. Here we are discussing about most runs scored in a test match by a single player that includes both the innings.

English cricketer Graham Gooch holds this record of most runs scored in test cricket match. Graham Gooch scored a total of 456 runs against India at Lords in July 1990. He scored 333 runs in first innings and scored a brilliant 123 runs in second innings.  

Graham Gooch record of most runs by a single player in a test match
Graham Gooch is bowled by Manoj Prabhakar Jul 27, 1990.

The match in which the record of most runs in a test match by an individual was created.

First Test was as brilliant a match as the players could hope to take part in, or spectators to watch. England’s winning margin made it look one-sided; and no-one would dispute that, from lunch on the first day, when they were 82 for one after being put in, England were in control until the end.

Yet it would not have been the match it was without the vibrant batting of the Indian players. Ravi Shastri and Mohammad Azharuddin made superb hundreds of contrasting styles, and who can forget the mighty Kapil Dev struck a high-velocity 77 not out, jauntily rounded off with four successive sixes to limit England’s lead to 199 and thus save the follow-on. Each of his Six was straight-driven off Hemmings’s offspin into the building works that throughout the season masqueraded as the Nursery End.

Graham Gooch record of most runs scored in a test cricket match
Graham Gooch record of most runs scored in a test cricket match

When India was challenged by Gooch’s second declaration to make 472 to win, or bat seven hours on a crusting pitch to draw, it was possible retrospectively to see that they were fighting a losing battle once Fraser and Malcolm had dismissed their openers in eight overs on the fourth evening.

Graham Gooch holds the record of scoring most runs in a Test Match

England’s Graham Gooch holds the record of most runs in a Test Match. He scored a total of 456 runs against India in test held in July 1990. Graham Gooch scored a triple century and exactly 333 runs in first inning and then again scored a century 123 runs in the second innings. Graham Gooch was the captain of England team, thus this is also the highest aggregate runs by a captain in a test match.

This was the same test match where India avoided the follow-on when Kapil Dev hit 4 consecutive 6’s off Hemmings (having played the 1st two balls of the over defensively). Though Indian batting did not able to perform the same magic in the second inning batting and lost the match by 247 runs on the final day.

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List of top 5 maximum individual scores in a single test match

Player1st2ndRunsTeamOppositionGroundMatch Date
GA Gooch333123456Englandv IndiaLord’s26 Jul 1990
MA Taylor334*92426Australiav PakistanPeshawar15 Oct 1998
KC Sangakkara319105424Sri Lankav BangladeshChattogram4 Feb 2014
BC Lara400*400West Indiesv EnglandSt John’s10 Apr 2004
GS Chappell247*133380Australiav New ZealandWellington1 Mar 1974

FAQ

Q: which captain has scored most runs in a test match?

A: when someone asks, which cricketer has scored most runs in a single test match who also was the captain of the team or which batsman has scored the most runs in a test match, the answer is England cricketer Graham Gooch is the player who holds the world record for most runs in a test match. He has scored a total of 456 runs in a test against India in 1990 which is most runs in one test match by an individual player.

Q: Who holds the record of most aggregate runs in a test match?

A: Record of most runs in a test match by a player is achieved by England captain Graham Gooch who has scored the most runs in a test match by scoring 333 in first innings and 123 in second innings. A total of 456 runs which is a record of most runs ever in a test match by a single player.

Q: who scored most runs in a single test match?

A: When the question is who scored most runs in a test match, the one answer is England cricket captain Graham Gooch who holds the record of most runs by a single player in a test match.

Q: who holds the record of most individual runs in a test match?

A: No, it is not Brian Lara, who holds the record of most individual runs in a test innings. It is Graham Gooch who holds the record of most runs in a test match by an individual as he scored a massive 456 runs against India in 1990 at Lords.

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