The top ten in the list of most runs are : Lara, Border, Waugh, Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Gooch, Miandad, Richards, Dravid and Stewart.
The top ten in the list of batting average are: Bradman, Pollock, Headley, Suttcliffe, Paynter, Barrington, Weekes, Hammond, Dravid and Sobers.
This is a tremendous achievement - one which seems to be a little under-appreciated in Indian cricket media. So a timely congratulations to the Indian captain on the verge of his hundredth test! This is even more timely because Ponting is breathing down his neck. He is eleventh on both lists.
I know arguments about the greatest test batsman are meaningless and futile - particularly when one is comparing different eras. Statistics can never measure greatness either. The title of this post is a hyperbole, but that can probably be excused on an important day in Indian captain's life.