Test: India has produced many legendary players in the game of cricket. That is why Indians are sitting at the top of the charts for most runs, most centuries, most games, and most half-centuries. Sunil Gavaskar started in the 1970s and 1980s. Then it was Sachin Tendulkar who carried the legacy forward with other legends like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, and a few more.
However, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been the pillars of India’s batting since the last decade. However, do you know which Indian batter holds the record for most runs in a calendar year in the longest format? If not, let’s check on the Indians with the most tests run in a year.
5. Sachin Tendulkar – 1392 runs in 2002
Batting great Sachin Tendulkar holds almost all the batting records in Tests and ODIs. He had been a consistent performer for India for two decades. Sachin scored 1392 runs in 2002 in 26 innings of the 16 tests at an average of 55.68. It is the fifth highest by an Indian batter in red-ball cricket. He also made four centuries and five half-centuries with a best inning of 193 runs.
4. Virender Sehwag – 1422 runs in 2010
Virender Sehwag was one of its kind batter that India produced. He was an aggressive batter who loved to take on the bowling attack irrespective of situations, conditions, and bowlers. His batting style was the same in all three formats: see the ball and hit the ball. He is fourth on this list. Sehwag made 1422 runs in 25 innings of 14 tests in 2010. He went on to score five centuries and eight half-centuries. His best score was 173 in 2010.
3. Virender Sehwag – 1462 runs in 2008
Virender Sehwag is back on this list, which shows how consistent he was for India in the longest format. He is the only Indian with two triple centuries in the longest format. One of his triple centuries came in 2008, when he made the third most test runs by an Indian in a calendar year. Sehwag scored 1462 runs in 2008 in just 27 innings of 14 Tests at an average of 56.23. The former opener scored three centuries, including a triple century and six half centuries.
2. Sunil Gavaskar – 1555 runs in 1979
Sunil Gavaskar was one of the greatest batters that India has produced. He inspired millions of players, including the great Sachin Tendulkar. Gavaskar played 125 Tests for India and scored 10122 runs with 34 centuries. He was the first player in history to score 10,000 runs. He has the record for the second-most runs by an Indian batter in a calendar year. It came in 1979, when he scored 1555 runs in 18 tests at an average of 59.80, including five centuries and eight half-centuries.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – 1562 runs in 2010
As usual, Sachin Tendulkar is on top of yet another batting record. He holds the record for highest run for India in a calender year. Sachin scored a total of 1562 runs in 14 games at an average of 78.10 in 2010. He scored seven centuries and five half-centuries along with a high score of 214. Overall, Sachin ended as the highest run-scorer in the international cricket. He has 15921 runs in 200 Tests, with 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries.
Most Runs in Test Cricket in a Calendar Year for India