He is the 25th batsman to reach 900 points in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen and the record seventh from the West Indies. We know that Donald Bradman achieved the highest-ever Rating for batsmen at an astronomical 961 after scoring 715 runs at an average of 178.75 in the 1947/48 series with India, but here are some other little-known facts about the members of the 900-point club:
Bradman is the only player to have spent more than half his career above 900 points ending 28 of his 52 Tests at that level. Here are the top five in terms of the proportion of their entire career they have spent at or above 900 points:
Player | Proportion |
Donald Bradman | 54% |
Peter May | 33% |
Garry Sobers | 32% |
Len Hutton | 32% |
Jack Hobbs | 23% |
Among current players, Mike Hussey leads the way with five of his 32 Tests spent at this level - 16%.
In terms of the number of matches spent at this level, here is one batting table that Bradman does not lead. He has to be content with second place to Garry Sobers, with Ricky Ponting – now at his lowest Rating for six years – rounding off the top five:
Player | Matches |
Garry Sobers | 30 |
Donald Bradman | 28 |
Len Hutton | 25 |
Peter May | 22 |
Ricky Ponting | 17 |
The fastest to reach this level was George Headley, who took only nineteen matches. There is a tight bunch of players who took slightly longer – here are the top five:
Player | Matches |
George Headley | 19 |
Jack Hobbs | 20 |
Mike Hussey | 20 |
Viv Richards | 21 |
Graeme Pollock | 21 |
To prove that all things do sometimes come to those who wait, Chanderpaul actually took longer than any other player to reach 900 Batting points, finally achieving the milestone after his 114th Test. Jacques Kallis was the previous record-holder having taken 110 Tests to reach his landmark point level.
The lowest career batting average of the twenty-five players who have reached this level of batting immortality belongs to Peter May, who averaged ‘just’ 46.77 in his career of 66 Tests for England.
In total, the twenty-five batsmen have so far played 1911 Test Matches between them, scoring 159,481 runs at an average of 54.64 with 503 centuries. For good measure, they have also taken a total of 661 Test wickets, helped in no small part by 248 from Jacques Kallis and 235 from Garry Sobers.