SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: New Zealand celebrate winning the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl on June 23, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: New Zealand celebrate winning the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl on June 23, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

WTC 2021-23: Records and Stats of the season so far

The World Test Championship a.k.a. WTC 2021-23 has reached its midway of the season and it's becoming more exciting day by day. SportzPoint takes a look at the records and stats of the season so far.

ICC announces a Test Championship tournament as of World Cups for ODI and T20I format under the name of "World Test Championship (WTC)". Earlier ICC plans to host the competition in 2013, replacing the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, were abandoned. It was rescheduled for June 2017, with a second Test championship to take place in India in Feb-March 2021.

However, in January 2014 the ICC World Test Championship was canceled and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was reinstated. In October 2017, the ICC announced that a Test league had been agreed upon by its members, which would involve the top nine teams playing series over two years with the top two teams qualifying for a World Test League Championship Final.

The first ICC World Test Championship started with the 2019 Ashes series. However, New Zealand lifted the trophy after defeating India in the final in June 2021.

The second ICC World Test Championship was started on 4th August 2021 with the 5-match Pataudi Trophy. Let's check out the records and stats of the WTC 2021-23 cycle so far.

Most Runs in WTC 2021-23

Test cricket format provides the necessary time for a player to create as many records in cricket compared to other cricket formats. A player can score a massive run if he stands long enough with a good striking rate.

Setting a massive target for the chasing team will put pressure on their batting. Thus every player will be keen to score as many runs as possible to move the team's score beyond expected.

Joe Root
Image – Daily Mail

Following is the list the of top 11 players with the most runs in WTC 2021-23:

PlayerMatchesInningsRunsHSAverageStrike Rate1005004s6s
Joe Root (ENG)16311744180*64.5959.428531912
Jonny Bairstow (ENG)1325121816263.5368.6962214119
Babar Azam (PAK)91695319663.5348.01270
Usman Khawaja (AUS)71388816098.6651.89430
Liton Das (BAN) 101888314149.0555.563501073
Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)101984714747.0552.05250
Dinesh Chandimal (SL)814778206*77.8055.17241
Kraigg Braithwaite (WI)91875216050.1337.19161851
Abdullah Shafique (PAK)713736160*66.9039.80241
Rishabh Pant (IND)101872014642.3578.942418215
Angelo Mathews (SL)101771719947.8047.382227621

Most Half-century in WTC 2021-23

Following are the details of the players with the most half-centuries in the current World Test Championship series. Players with the same number of centuries are listed based on their position in most runs in WTC 2021-23 table.

Kraigg Braithwaite
Image – ESPNCricinfo

Following is the list of top 10 players with the most number of half-centuries in WTC 2021-23:

Player50's
Babar Azam (PAK)7
Kraigg Braithwaite (WI)6
Joe Root (ENG)6
Liton Das (BAN)5
Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)5
Steven Smith (AUS)5
Tom Blundell (NZ)5
Dean Elger (SA)5
Will Young (NZ)5
Dinesh Chandimal (SL)4
Rishabh Pant (IND)4
Pathum Nissanka (SL)4
Ben Stokes (ENG)4
Cheteshwar Pujara (IND)4
Abdullah Shafique (PAK)4
Temba Bavuma (SA)4
David Warner (AUS)4
Chris Green (AUS)4
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)4
Keegan Peterson (SA)4

Most Century in WTC 2021-23

Following are the details of the players with the most centuries in the current World Test Championship series. Players with the same number of centuries are listed based on their position in most runs in WTC 2021-23 table.

Following is the list of top 10 players with the most number of centuries in WTC 2021-23:

Player100's
Joe Root (ENG)8
Jonny Bairstow (ENG)6
Usman Khawaja (AUS)4
Liton Das (BAN)3
Daryl Mitchell (NZ)3
Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)2
Rishabh Pant (IND)2
Devon Conway (NZ)2
KL Rahul (IND)2
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)2
Ravindra Jadeja (IND)2
Angelo Mathews (SL)2

Most Wickets in WTC 2021-23

Following are the details of the players with the most wickets in the current World Test Championship series. Players with the same number of centuries are listed based on their position in most runs in WTC 2021-23 table.

Jasprit Bumrah
Image – The Indian Express

Following is the list the of top 10 players with the most wickets in WTC 2021-23:

PlayerMatchesInningsWktsBBIBBMAverageEconomyStrike Rate5W10W
Jasprit Bumrah (INDIA)1019455/249/11019.262.6643.830
Shaheen Shah Afridi (PAK)815416/5110/9418.172.8738.021
James Anderson (ENG)1019405/606/8621.202.2556.420
Nathan Lyon (AUS)1016395/839/12131.562.5574.120
Ramesh Mendis (SL)815386/7011/13626.862.8756.031
Pat Cummins (AUS)916355/388/7921.792.7573.820
Tim Southee (NZ)918335/358/14436.333.2666.720
Ollie Robinson (ENG)815325/657/8122.782.6751.120
Mohammed Shami (INDIA)917325/448/10726.343.1849.610
Mitchel Starc (AUS)1019324/336/8028.063.0455.200
Jayden Seales (WI)714315/558/12520.353.3236.710

Most Five-wicket hauls in WTC 2021-23

Following are the details of the players with the most five-wicket hauls in the current World Test Championship series. Players with the same number of centuries are listed based on their position in most runs in WTC 2021-23 table.

Following is the list the of top 10 players with the most five-wicket hauls in WTC 2021-23:

Player5W
Pravin Jayasurya (SL)4
Jasprit Bumrah (IND)3
James Anderson (ENG)2
Shaheen Shah Afridi (PAK)2
Nathan Lyon (AUS)2
Pat Cummins (AUS)2
Tim Southee (NZ)2
Ollie Robinson (ENG)2
Jack Leach (ENG)2
Ramesh Mendis (SL)2
Lasith Embuldeniya (SL)2
Keshav Maharaj (SA)2

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N.B: The stats and records are accurate as of 10/08/2022.

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