Every batter tries to help his side by scoring some runs as much as possible. A batsman can achieve this by scoring a hundred or executing a match-winning inning. Every batter enjoys the thrill of reaching a century and guiding his team to victory.
It is every batter’s ambition to score a century in international cricket, and many of them have done so either early in their careers or at the end. Some, on the other hand, have the misfortune of never producing any during their whole career. Despite not smashing a hundred, these players have contributed significantly with the bat.
On that note, let’s take a look at five players with the most career runs without scoring a century.
#5. Malcolm Marshall
Malcolm Denzil Marshall is a former West Indian cricketer who is widely considered as one of the best pace bowlers in history. He was also a capable batter in addition to casting numerous lethal spells.
Marshall made his debut against India in 1978 and went on to set a number of records with the ball. He did, however, also make the list of players who have scored the most runs without hitting a century.
Marshall scored 2756 runs for the West Indies in 217 Test and One-Day International matches. In the process, he has amassed ten half centuries, the best of which is 92.
#4. Samiullah Shinwari
Samiullah Shinwari is an all-rounder for Afghanistan who came into the limelight initially because of his leg-spin bowling but soon developed himself into a handy middle-order batsman. He has been a part of several historical moments in Afghanistan cricket and has played key roles in a few.
Shinwari has represented Afghanistan in 148 matches across ODIs and T20Is. He has scored 2824 runs in the process at an average of around 25 including 13 half-centuries with the best score of 96.
#3. Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza has been a prominent figure in Bangladesh cricket and is their most successful captain. He has led them to various cherishable moments and has been a key performer, especially with the ball.
Surprisingly, he has also contributed decently with the bat with 2961 runs in 310 matches across all formats. He played some crucial cameos at the death and has four half-centuries to his name, with the highest score of 79.
#2. Chamu Chibhabha
Chamu Chibhabha is a batting all-rounder for Zimbabwe who has represented the nation across all formats. Chibhabha batted at the top order for the majority of his career, but still failed to score a century in international cricket.
He featured in 146 international matches for Zimbabwe scoring 3209 runs including 22 half-centuries. Chibhabha came close to a century but was unfortunately dismissed on 99, his highest score in international cricket.
#1. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is the finest spinner Australia has ever produced. Warne is known for his ability to spin the ball massively, as well as for his constant precision in line and length. Along with the fact that Warne puzzled many batters during his time, he also was a solid lower-order batsman.
Warne represented Australia in 339 matches across Tests and ODIs amassing 4172 runs and topping the charts for most career runs without scoring a century. He has scored 13 half-centuries and even got close to his maiden century, but sadly he got dismissed on 99.