Cricket is considered a game of uncertainties. In this, where a batsman scoring a century in a match can be dismissed for zero in the next match, a batsman who is in poor form can also score a century in an innings, surprising everyone.
However, sometimes some batsmen who are at their peak, with their superb form, prove these cricket’s uncertainties to be meaningless. Let us know which are the batsmen who have scored the most runs in international cricket in a calendar year.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ranked fifth on the list for New Zealand scoring 2692 runs in 2015. Williamson scored 1376 runs in ODIs that year at an average of 57.33 and a strike rate of 89.87.
Williamson scored 1172 runs in only 16 innings at an average of 90.15 in Tests. Williamson scored his only double century (242 runs) against Sri Lanka in 2015.
In 2018, Virat Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup and the Nidahas T20 tri-series. Despite this, he scored 2735 runs in 2018, which is the fourth-highest run in a year in international cricket.
The Indian captain scored 1322 runs in Tests at an average of 55.08 in 2018, including five fifties and five centuries. In 2018, Kohli scored 1202 runs in ODIs with an average of 133.55 and a strike rate of 102.55. Kohli scored 6 centuries in ODI format in the year 2018.
In 1999, Rahul Dravid scored 2626 runs combining both formats of cricket. It was the record for the most runs scored by any batsman in a calendar year at that time.
Six years later, this record was broken by Ricky Ponting, but from the perspective of an Indian batsman, this record was held till 2017.
Virat Kohli scored a total of 2818 runs, breaking this Dravid’s record in 2017. The Indian captain scored 1460 runs in 26 innings at an average of 76.84, while in Tests he scored 1059 runs at an average of 75.64.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored 2833 runs in 2005, breaking Dravid’s record of 2626 runs. Ponting scored 1191 runs in 28 innings in ODIs and 1544 runs in the same innings of Test matches. At the same time, in his two T20 matches, he had added 98 runs to his account.
Topping the list is former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 2868 runs in 2014. He broke Ricky Ponting’s record during this time. Sangakkara had scored the most runs in ODIs and Tests in 2014.
In ODIs, he scored 1256 runs in 28 innings. Sangakkara had scored four centuries and eight half-centuries in ODIs that year alone.
Sangakkara had 1493 runs in 2014 in Tests. He scored 4 centuries and 9 half-centuries in Test matches that year. Sangakkara also scored the only triple century of his career that year.
He scored 319 runs in the first innings against Bangladesh and then scored a century in the second innings, but still, the match ended on a draw.