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Top Players with Most Test Runs in a Calendar Year

Suresh Iyer
December 15, 2021, 10:00
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Top Players with Most Test Runs in a Calendar Year

In this article, we will look at those batters who scored the most Test runs in a calendar year. The record goes back to Bob Simpson who scored 1381 runs in 1964, with 3 hundreds and 7 fifties, including his top score of 311. Over the course of the next 42 years, there were only two progressions of the record – the first by Viv Richards in 1976, and the second by Md Yousuf in 2006.

Mohammad Yousuf (1788 runs in the year 2006)

Former Pakistani top-order batter Md Yousuf set the record for the most runs in Tests in a calendar year back in 2006. During that year, Yousuf played in 19 innings of 11 Tests in which he managed to aggregate 1788 runs at 99.33, including 9 centuries and 3 fifties. He had a top score of 202. Yousuf broke the previous mark of 1710 set by West Indian Viv Richards in 1976.

Viv Richards (1710 runs in the year 1976)

Former West Indies top-order batter Viv Richards had set a record that had stood for 30 years until it was broken by Md Yousuf of Pakistan. In the calendar year of 1976, Richards featured in 11 Test matches. Batting in 19 innings, the top order batter scored 1710 runs at 90.00. His exploits included 7 tons and 5 fifties, with a top score of 291.

Graeme Smith (1656 runs in the year 2008)

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith came closest to breaking Md Yousuf’s record two years after he had set it. In 2008, Smith made 1656 runs at 72.00, with 6 centuries and 6 fifties. He accomplished the feat in 25 innings of 15 matches, in which he had the highest score of 232.

Top Players with Most Test Runs in a Calendar Year

Michael Clarke (1595 runs in the year 2012)

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke made the most Test runs in the calendar year of 2012. During that year, Clarke played 18 innings of 11 Test matches, in which he scored 1595 runs at 106.33, 5 hundreds and 3 fifties. His highest score that year was 329 not out.

Sachin Tendulkar (1562 runs in the year 2010)

In 2010, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar featured in 23 innings of 14 matches, in which he scored 1562 runs at 78.10, with 7 tons and 5 half-tons. His highest score during the year was 214.

Sunil Gavaskar (1555 runs in the year 1979)

In 1979, former India opener Sunil Gavaskar came close to breaking the record for the most Test runs in a calendar year set by Viv Richards three years earlier. Gavaskar played in 27 innings of 18 Tests during that year and made 1555 runs at 59.80, with 5 tons and 8 fifties. He had the highest score of 221.

Joe Root (1544 runs in the year 2021)

Current England skipper Joe Root is the only active player on this list. In the ongoing year of 2021, Root has played 25 innings of 13 matches and scored 1544 runs at 64.33, with 6 tons and 2 fifties, including the highest score of 228. Root has a real chance of breaking Md Yousuf’s record with two more Test matches of the Ashes Test series between Australia and England due to be played. The 2nd Test of the series will begin in Adelaide on 16 December, followed by the third in Melbourne beginning on 26 December. Thus, Root needs 245 more runs to set a new mark, with a maximum possible 4 innings in the two Tests.

Ricky Ponting (1544 runs in the year 2005)

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting scored 1544 runs at 67.13 in the calendar year of 2005. He achieved the mark in 28 innings of 15 matches, with the help of 6 centuries and 6 half-centuries. He had a top score of 207.

Ricky Ponting (1503 runs in the year 2003)

The only player to feature twice on this list, Ricky Ponting made 1503 runs at 100.20 in the calendar year of 2003. Playing in 18 innings of 11 Tests during the year, Ponting helped himself to 6 tons and 4 fifties in the process, including his top score of 257.

Top Players with Most Test Runs in a Calendar Year

Kumar Sangakkara (1493 runs in the year 2014)

Former Sri Lanka wicket-keeper-batter Kumar Sangakkara became the highest scorer in the calendar year of 2014 when he made 1493 runs at 71.09, including 4 tons and nine fifties, with the highest score of 319.

Michael Vaughan (1481 runs in the year 2002)

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan made the calendar year of 2002 his own when he aggregated 1481 runs at 61.70 from 26 innings of 14 matches. He had 6 centuries and 2 fifties to his credit, including his top score of 197.

Justin Langer (1481 runs in the year 2004)

Former Australia opener Justin Langer played 27 innings of 14 Test matches in the calendar year of 2004. He scored 1481 runs at 54.85, with 5 tons and 4 fifties, including a top score of 215.

Summary

Records are meant to be broken, and none more so than the one relating to the most runs in Tests in a calendar year. The current record, set by Md Yousuf in 2006, is 15 years old. And in 2021, we could see a new name in the record books. England skipper Joe Root needs only 245 more runs to set a new mark. He has four more innings to do it.

Player Year Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 2006 11 19 1 1788 202 99.33 2854 62.64 9 3 1 222 12
IVA Richards (WI) 1976 11 19 0 1710 291 90.00 1584+ 72.85* 7 5 0 179+ 7
GC Smith (SA) 2008 15 25 2 1656 232 72.00 2516 65.81 6 6 1 215 4
MJ Clarke (AUS) 2012 11 18 3 1595 329* 106.33 2418 65.96 5 3 0 189 6
SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 2010 14 23 3 1562 214 78.10 2794 55.90 7 5 0 181 10
SM Gavaskar (INDIA) 1979 18 27 1 1555 221 59.80 2433+ 47.43* 5 8 0 177+ 3+
JE Root (ENG) 2021 13 25 1 1544 228 64.33 2680 57.61 6 2 1 163 3
RT Ponting (AUS) 2005 15 28 5 1544 207 67.13 2518 61.31 6 6 1 178 11
RT Ponting (AUS) 2003 11 18 3 1503 257 100.20 2494 60.26 6 4 1 180 7
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2014 12 22 1 1493 319 71.09 2707 55.15 4 9 1 161 11
MP Vaughan (ENG) 2002 14 26 2 1481 197 61.70 2422 61.14 6 2 3 186 11
JL Langer (AUS) 2004 14 27 0 1481 215 54.85 2697 54.91 5 4 2 172 10
JE Root (ENG) 2016 17 32 2 1477 254 49.23 2433 60.70 3 10 1 170 1
SPD Smith (AUS) 2015 13 24 4 1474 215 73.70 2374 62.08 6 5 0 167 7
JM Bairstow (ENG) 2016 17 29 4 1470 167* 58.80 2525 58.21 3 8 1 145 8
V Sehwag (INDIA) 2008 14 27 1 1462 319 56.23 1703 85.84 3 6 1 181 22
V Sehwag (INDIA) 2010 14 25 2 1422 173 61.82 1566 90.80 5 8 2 215 10
SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 2002 16 26 1 1392 193 55.68 2568 54.20 4 5 3 197 4
ML Hayden (AUS) 2001 14 25 3 1391 203 63.22 2213 62.85 5 5 2 169 20
GR Viswanath (INDIA) 1979 18 26 2 1388 179 57.83 2054+ 46.20* 5 6 0 127+ 1
JE Root (ENG) 2015 14 26 3 1385 182* 60.21 2174 63.70 3 10 1 158 10
RB Simpson (AUS) 1964 14 26 3 1381 311 60.04 1572+ 45.10* 3 7 2 135 1
ML Hayden (AUS) 2005 15 29 3 1380 138 53.07 2550 54.11 5 4 2 175 6
DL Amiss (ENG) 1974 13 22 2 1379 262* 68.95 3126 44.11 5 3 0 160 1
AN Cook (ENG) 2015 14 26 1 1364 263 54.56 3123 43.67 3 8 1 150 0
R Dravid (INDIA) 2002 16 26 3 1357 217 59.00 3237 41.92 5 5 0 189 0
DR Martyn (AUS) 2004 14 26 2 1353 161 56.37 2603 51.97 6 5 1 148 5
BC Lara (WI) 2003 10 19 1 1344 209 74.66 2129 63.12 5 5 0 178 16
KP Pietersen (ENG) 2006 14 26 1 1343 158 53.72 2057 65.28 4 6 1 171 15
RT Ponting (AUS) 2006 10 18 3 1333 196 88.86 2193 60.78 7 4 0 139 7
IJL Trott (ENG) 2010 14 24 4 1325 226 66.25 2680 49.44 4 4 0 148 0
ME Trescothick (ENG) 2005 13 24 0 1323 194 55.12 2099 63.03 4 4 3 180 11
V Kohli (INDIA) 2018 13 24 0 1322 153 55.08 2433 54.33 5 5 2 144 2
AD Mathews (SL) 2014 12 21 6 1317 160 87.80 2654 49.62 3 8 0 133 16
DA Warner (AUS) 2015 13 24 0 1317 253 54.87 1609 81.85 4 7 2 163 11
ML Hayden (AUS) 2003 12 21 4 1312 380 77.17 1734 75.66 5 3 0 156 20
SM Gavaskar (INDIA) 1983 18 32 4 1310 236* 46.78 1098+ 50.27* 5 5 3 122+ 3
SPD Smith (AUS) 2017 11 20 3 1305 239 76.76 2573 50.71 6 3 0 140 2
JH Kallis (SA) 2004 11 21 5 1288 162 80.50 2540 50.70 5 7 2 148 12
AN Cook (ENG) 2010 14 24 2 1287 235* 58.50 2350 54.76 5 4 0 148 3
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1997 11 19 0 1271 340 66.89 1947 65.27 3 7 2 140 9
AN Cook (ENG) 2016 17 33 3 1270 130 42.33 2447 51.90 2 7 0 151 1
GA Gooch (ENG) 1990 9 17 1 1264 333 79.00 2267 55.75 4 5 1 152 8

 

 

 

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