Pakistan became the 7th country to get “Test Status” from the International Cricket Council (ICC). They became a full member on October 16, 1952, after playing a game against India, which they lost. But that gave a start to a great test-playing nation. Over the years, Pakistan has found success in all forms of the game, including the longest format.
One of the prime reasons for their success is the batting strength of this team. Pakistan has produced a number of batting legends who have ruled the cricket world, particularly in the longest format. And here, we will discuss the list of Pakistani batters with the most runs in a calendar year in Test cricket.
Most Runs in Test Cricket in a Calendar Year for Pakistan
5. Inzamam-ul-Haq – 1090 runs in 2000
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was one of the best batters from Pakistan in the last two decades. He was solid as a rock when it came to batting. Inzamam has set a number of batting records for Pakistan and is the third-leading run-scorer in tests. He scored 1090 runs in 12 games at an average of 60.56, with four centuries and six half-centuries in 2000.
4. Younis Khan – 1179 runs in 2006
The man who scored most runs for Pakistan in the history of test cricket, Younis Khan, had many superb years in his career. He has always been among the best test batters in his country. In 2006, he scored a total of 1179 runs in 11 games at an average of 65.50, with a best figure of 199 runs. Younis also scored three centuries and six half-centuries in that year.
3. Babar Azam – 1184 runs in 2022
The 2022 calendar year was the best year for Babar Azam across all three formats. In fact, he ended up as the highest run scorer among all teams in the longest format. Babar is arguably the best all-format player from his country in modern-day cricket and among the best in the world. In 2022, Babar scored 1184 runs in just nine tests at an average of 69.65, with his career-best score of 196. He also scored four centuries and seven half-centuries.
2. Azhar Ali – 1198 runs in 2016
In the last decade, one name emerged from the Pakistan cricket team as a top test batter: Azhar Ali. The former skipper was a brilliant batter in the longest format and took charge when Pakistan cricket was going downward. He was the best test batter for Pakistan for a long time. In 2016, he scored 1198 runs in 11 tests at an average of 63.05, with a best of 302 not out. Azhar smashed three centuries and four fifties in that year.
1. Mohammad Yousuf – 1778 runs in 2006
Not just for Pakistan; in fact, the record for the most runs ever in a calendar year belongs to a Pakistani great. And he is none other than the legend Mohammad Yousuf. It is just incredible to score nine test centuries in a single year, but Yousuf did it in 2006 and broke many records. He scored a massive 1788 runs at a staggering average of 99.33, with a best of 202. Yousuf also scored nine centuries and three half-centuries.