The test cricket has always been considered as the best version of the cricket. This form of cricket checks patience, technique, and grit of the players. All these qualities make this form a bit challenging for the current generation, who are mostly into t20s and t10s and want things to conclude quickly.
The introduction of the Test Championship is a great idea to keep this form of cricket going. Also, this is a chance to make a space in the hearts of today’s generation who find this form of cricket, boring and time-wasting.
The test cricket witnesses many big scores, which are scored by the batsman who has the patience to stay on the crease for a long time. There have been many big records in test cricket that are still alive, and it will take some time for the current cricketers to get past those milestones. One of those records that are still alive even after 13 years is the most test runs in a calendar year.
Here, are the top five batsmen to score most test runs in a calendar year:
5) Sachin Tendulkar (2010 – 1562 runs)
In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar surpassed Sunil Gavaskar’s record of most Test runs in the calendar year by an Indian batsman. The Master Blaster scored 1562 runs with an average of 78.10 in his 23-test innings. He scored seven centuries and five half-centuries in that year.
Tendulkar’s highest score of that year came against Australia (214 runs). He also scored most of his test runs against the Baggy Greens in 2010 (403 runs). The Indian batsman also equalized Sir Viv Richards’ record of second-most test centuries in a single year (7 centuries).
4) Michael Clarke (2012 – 1595 runs)
Michael Clarke scored 1595 runs with an average of 106.33 in his 18-test innings in 2012. This didn’t only make Clarke, the fourth-highest test runs getter in a single year, but also helped him in surpassing the record of Ricky Ponting.
The Australian batsman scored five centuries and three half-centuries in this year. Clarke also scored his highest test career score, 329 runs against India at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2012.
3) Graeme Smith (2008-1656 runs)
The former South African captain, Graeme Smith scored 1656 runs with an average of 72.00 in his 25-test innings in 2008. The batsman also holds the record of most centuries by a South African in a calendar year (6 centuries). In the process of achieving this milestone, Smith surpassed the record of his former fellow teammate, Jacques Kallis who scored 1288 runs in 2004.
The South African scored his highest test score of that year against Bangladesh (232 runs). Also, his 488 out of 1656 runs came against the Tigers.
2) Sir Viv Richards (1976 -1710 runs)
Sir Viv Richards scored 1710 runs with an average of 72.85 in his 19-test innings in 1976. In the same year, the batsman scored seven centuries and five half-centuries, which is the record most by any West Indian batsmen in tests.
Richards scored almost half of his test runs against England in that year (829 runs). Also, his best test score of 291 runs came against the same side.
1) Mohammad Yousuf (2006 – 1788 runs)
Mohammad Yousuf broke Sir Viv Richards record that lasted for three decades to become the highest test run-getter in a calendar year. The Pakistan batsman scored 1788 runs with an average of 99.33 in his 19-test innings.
Yousuf also scored nine centuries in the same year, which is the most by any batsmen in a single year. Also, to break this record, Yousuf scored most of his runs against West Indies (665 runs).
It’s been a decade, but this record is still intact, and it will take some time for the current cricketers to get past this milestone.