Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: ODI, T20i, Test

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Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: ODI, T20i, Test


Scoring the most runs in one calendar year in one-day internationals, where the game is a balance between aggression and conservation, needs a thorough understanding of pacing an innings.

The player must be able to smoothly shift gears, understanding when to slow down and when to speed up the game.

Batting at a high rate under pressure is becoming valued in T20i. In this sport, the player who scores the most runs in a given year is usually the one who has the most influence.

The Test format, however, gives this success a new shade. Obtaining the most runs in a Test cricket calendar year is a marathon, not a race. It requires stamina, focus, and the ability to play numerous long innings.

The combination of technical skill and mental toughness required to achieve this record in Tests is widely regarded as the summit of batting prowess.

When a player achieves the most runs in a calendar year across different formats, they don't just set a record; they etch their name in the annals of cricket history.

This achievement puts them in elite company among cricket's all-time greats, who are lauded not only for their talent but also for their capacity to thrive in the dynamic, ever-changing environment of international competition.


Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: ODI, T20i, Test


050100PlayerYearMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR4s6s
4 18 8 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2013 48 57 3 2868 319 53.11 4254 67.41 307 17
4 15 9 RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 2005 46 58 8 2833 207 56.66 3993 70.94 300 36
5 10 11 V Kohli (IND) 2017 46 52 11 2818 243 68.73 3058 92.15 265 36
3 9 11 V Kohli (IND) 2018 37 47 7 2735 160* 68.37 3778 72.39 277 23
1 14 8 KS Williamson (NZ) 2015 39 46 5 2692 242* 65.65 3573 75.34 309 14
0 17 4 AD Mathews (SL) 2013 53 59 18 2687 160 65.53 4142 64.87 250 44
1 8 11 RT Ponting (AUS) 2003 45 49 9 2657 257 66.42 3907 68.00 267 34
3 9 10 R Dravid (IND) 1999 53 62 6 2626 190 46.89 4381 59.94 271 13
2 16 5 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2006 50 55 5 2609 287 52.18 3817 68.35 307 7
2 17 8 Babar Azam (PAK) 2022 44 52 4 2598 196 54.12 3499 74.24 271 24
0 13 7 V Kohli (IND) 2016 37 41 11 2595 235 86.50 3207 80.91 266 19
2 17 6 SC Ganguly (IND) 1999 51 60 6 2580 183 47.77 3964 65.08 275 36
1 18 5 JE Root (ENG) 2016 41 55 4 2570 254 50.39 3508 73.26 270 18
5 8 10 TM Dilshan (SL) 2009 42 49 3 2568 162 55.82 2629 97.67 318 23
0 8 12 SR Tendulkar (IND) 1998 39 42 5 2541 177 68.67 2712 93.69 271 51
3 14 7 V Kohli (IND) 2019 44 46 8 2455 254* 64.60 2711 90.55 240 34
5 16 6 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1997 37 45 3 2449 340 58.30 2984 82.07 275 39
1 10 10 RG Sharma (IND) 2019 47 47 1 2442 212 53.08 2675 91.28 244 78
2 18 4 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2009 50 59 4 2436 137 44.29 3444 70.73 246 17
1 8 9 Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 2006 33 39 4 2435 202 69.57 3862 63.05 283 14
3 10 10 PA de Silva (SL) 1997 39 46 7 2432 168 62.35 3478 69.92 261 17
3 13 7 SPD Smith (AUS) 2016 45 51 6 2406 165* 53.46 3272 73.53 238 24
1 7 9 DA Warner (AUS) 2016 44 52 2 2374 173 47.48 2339 101.49 264 36
0 11 8 SPD Smith (AUS) 2015 33 42 6 2369 215 65.80 3362 70.46 245 18
2 14 4 V Sehwag (IND) 2008 33 46 1 2355 319 52.33 2450 96.12 302 44
1 8 5 ML Hayden (AUS) 2003 44 52 9 2349 380 54.62 3050 77.01 260 33
2 16 3 SC Ganguly (Asia/IND) 2007 42 49 3 2346 239 51.00 3465 67.70 268 31
3 11 7 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2001 47 50 4 2313 150 50.28 3124 74.03 242 17
0 8 10 HM Amla (SA) 2010 26 34 4 2307 253* 76.90 3369 68.47 244 8
1 15 5 Saeed Anwar (PAK) 1996 43 48 6 2296 176 54.66 2811 81.67 259 21
3 12 8 V Kohli (IND) 2014 38 47 6 2286 169 55.75 2745 83.27 228 33
0 12 6 R Dravid (IND) 2002 44 50 8 2270 217 54.04 4428 51.26 259 2
1 13 5 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2011 42 50 4 2267 211 49.28 3918 57.86 213 14
1 13 6 G Gambhir (IND) 2008 36 44 3 2262 206 55.17 3476 65.07 260 9
0 8 6 MJ Clarke (AUS) 2012 26 32 3 2251 329* 77.62 3218 69.95 239 15
1 11 8 SR Tendulkar (IND) 1996 40 47 2 2234 177 49.64 3232 69.12 252 20
0 9 8 BC Lara (WI) 2003 31 40 3 2232 209 60.32 3185 70.07 261 37
5 10 7 DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 2007 45 47 4 2230 213* 51.86 3203 69.62 214 27
2 15 6 JE Root (ENG) 2015 37 47 4 2228 182* 51.81 3044 73.19 239 19
3 10 8 Yousuf Youhana (PAK) 2002 41 44 7 2226 204* 60.16 2992 74.39 243 30
1 10 6 ML Hayden (AUS) 2007 44 45 7 2223 181* 58.50 2508 88.63 235 49
3 13 6 JH Kallis (SA) 2007 37 42 10 2201 186 68.78 3602 61.10 215 21
3 19 3 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2007 42 48 4 2201 122* 50.02 3148 69.91 284 14
1 10 8 V Kohli (IND) 2012 40 46 5 2186 183 53.31 2923 74.78 238 14
4 13 4 SC Ganguly (IND) 1997 49 50 3 2186 173 46.51 3730 58.60 245 20
1 12 7 AB de Villiers (SA) 2013 43 45 5 2181 164 54.52 2862 76.20 206 25
3 17 3 G Kirsten (SA) 2000 47 54 4 2179 180 43.58 3928 55.47 215 0
7 10 5 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2006 50 57 7 2179 374 43.58 3186 68.39 241 9
2 10 9 RT Ponting (AUS) 2006 35 43 4 2164 196 55.48 3115 69.47 223 23
3 15 5 Inzamam-ul-Haq (PAK) 2000 46 51 8 2164 142 50.32 3671 58.94 228 14
2 9 8 AB de Villiers (SA) 2010 36 43 10 2154 278* 65.27 2822 76.32 155 46
1 11 7 GC Smith (SA) 2008 27 37 4 2152 232 65.21 3098 69.46 273 9
4 9 5 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2012 51 57 7 2148 199* 42.96 3280 65.48 195 16
5 15 4 ME Waugh (AUS) 1999 50 59 4 2144 121 38.98 3331 64.36 203 8
3 16 3 RT Ponting (AUS) 2009 48 58 2 2137 150 38.16 2815 75.91 241 19
3 8 6 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2002 36 45 6 2133 193 54.69 3415 62.45 275 10
1 15 4 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2004 38 43 4 2124 270 54.46 3059 69.43 240 9
3 9 6 KP Pietersen (ENG) 2007 44 54 5 2120 226 43.26 2924 72.50 214 20
1 10 7 Shubman Gill (IND) 2023 44 47 6 2114 208 51.56 2064 102.42 227 58
5 12 5 MJ Guptill (NZ) 2015 43 50 5 2105 237* 46.77 2534 83.07 235 49
4 7 4 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2009 49 58 2 2094 275 37.39 3281 63.82 209 14
0 15 4 JE Root (ENG) 2017 34 41 5 2092 190 58.11 2770 75.52 232 10
0 13 6 Babar Azam (PAK) 2019 36 41 5 2082 115 57.83 2308 90.20 234 18
4 14 2 JH Kallis (SA) 2000 50 56 11 2080 160 46.22 3879 53.62 197 25
1 11 6 HM Amla (SA/World) 2017 36 45 3 2078 154 49.47 2901 71.63 247 19
2 12 5 ML Hayden (AUS) 2004 37 50 1 2069 132 42.22 3116 66.39 212 18
4 14 3 SC Ganguly (IND) 2002 48 55 3 2059 136 39.59 3249 63.37 250 25
4 18 1 MEK Hussey (AUS) 2009 51 59 10 2059 121 42.02 3164 65.07 195 19
4 11 8 JH Kallis (SA) 2004 29 39 10 2058 162 70.96 3526 58.36 208 27
1 9 7 ML Hayden (AUS) 2002 32 37 5 2038 197 63.68 2946 69.17 237 32
2 6 9 GC Smith (Afr/ICC/SA) 2005 35 44 4 2035 148 50.87 2929 69.47 251 11
1 12 6 BC Lara (WI) 1995 27 34 4 2028 179 67.60 2499 81.15 278 13
5 9 4 PD Collingwood (ENG) 2007 52 61 8 2026 128 38.22 2984 67.89 177 22
2 12 3 MEK Hussey (AUS) 2010 45 53 12 2023 195 49.34 2943 68.73 193 19
1 10 7 JH Kallis (SA) 2010 29 37 6 2015 201* 65.00 3074 65.54 150 35
2 15 4 R Dravid (IND) 2006 39 49 5 2014 146 45.77 3846 52.36 239 4
1 14 4 CH Gayle (WI) 2002 37 45 1 2013 204 45.75 3101 64.91 290 28
2 8 6 SR Tendulkar (IND) 1997 51 53 4 2011 169 41.04 3159 63.65 232 17
4 12 4 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2013 44 52 3 2007 203* 40.95 3132 64.08 213 15
6 9 5 Yousuf Youhana (PAK) 2000 53 59 6 2000 124 37.73 3989 50.13 163 15

Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: ODI


050100PlayerYearMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR4s6s
- 7 9 SR Tendulkar (IND) 1998 34 33 4 1894 143 65.31 1854 102.15 188 40
1 10 4 SC Ganguly (IND) 1999 41 41 3 1767 183 46.50 2325 76.00 183 26
3 8 6 R Dravid (IND) 1999 43 43 5 1761 153 46.34 2343 75.16 164 12
- 9 6 SR Tendulkar (IND) 1996 32 32 2 1611 137 53.70 1955 82.40 163 17
1 6 5 ML Hayden (AUS) 2007 32 30 3 1601 181* 59.29 1795 89.19 168 35
- 10 3 Saeed Anwar (PAK) 1996 36 36 5 1595 115 51.45 1742 91.56 159 20
1 9 5 Shubman Gill (IND) 2023 28 28 4 1580 208 65.83 1495 105.68 180 41
- 6 7 SC Ganguly (IND) 2000 32 32 4 1579 144 56.39 1908 82.75 151 35
1 6 7 RG Sharma (IND) 2019 28 27 1 1490 159 57.30 1657 89.92 146 36
3 8 4 MJ Guptill (NZ) 2015 32 32 5 1489 237* 55.14 1542 96.56 162 42
1 11 2 ME Waugh (AUS) 1999 36 36 3 1468 106 44.48 1942 75.59 135 6
1 13 2 G Kirsten (SA) 2000 36 36 3 1467 115 44.45 2004 73.20 141 0
2 7 6 V Kohli (IND) 2017 26 26 7 1460 131 76.84 1473 99.11 136 22
1 4 6 G Kirsten (SA) 1996 29 29 4 1442 188* 57.68 1724 83.64 133 10
3 13 1 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2007 33 32 2 1425 100* 47.50 1665 85.58 192 12
- 8 5 RT Ponting (AUS) 2007 27 24 6 1424 134* 79.11 1553 91.69 144 16
- 4 7 DA Warner (AUS) 2016 23 23 1 1388 173 63.09 1316 105.47 148 22
2 8 4 V Kohli (IND) 2011 34 34 5 1381 117 47.62 1614 85.56 127 7
1 7 5 V Kohli (IND) 2019 26 25 2 1377 123 59.86 1429 96.36 133 8
- 9 3 KS Williamson (NZ) 2015 27 26 2 1376 118 57.33 1531 89.87 149 12
1 15 - Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 2013 34 32 7 1373 96* 54.92 1867 73.54 87 28
2 6 5 Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 2002 32 30 5 1362 141* 54.48 1604 84.91 116 27
1 7 4 BC Lara (WI) 1993 30 30 3 1349 153 49.96 1865 72.33 154 4
- 8 4 SD Hope (WI) 2019 28 26 4 1345 170 61.13 1726 77.92 117 21
3 10 1 SC Ganguly (IND) 1997 38 35 3 1338 113 41.81 1919 69.72 128 12
1 12 1 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2006 36 33 3 1333 109 44.43 1682 79.25 137 4
- 6 3 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2000 34 34 0 1328 146 39.05 1624 81.77 143 13
1 7 4 SC Ganguly (IND) 1998 36 35 3 1328 124 41.50 1903 69.78 137 13
1 7 6 V Kohli (IND) 2023 26 23 5 1323 166* 73.50 1326 99.77 118 24
1 10 2 IJL Trott (ENG) 2011 29 28 3 1315 137 52.60 1643 80.03 99 2
8 3 5 HH Gibbs (SA) 2002 37 37 3 1310 153 38.52 1483 88.33 171 14
1 4 5 Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2013 33 33 5 1301 140* 46.46 1542 84.37 122 25
3 11 - JH Kallis (SA) 2000 39 38 9 1300 98* 44.82 1952 66.59 103 18
1 5 6 RG Sharma (IND) 2017 21 21 3 1293 208* 71.83 1300 99.46 116 46
1 9 1 Yuvraj Singh (Asia/IND) 2007 36 33 5 1287 121 45.96 1438 89.49 119 33
2 9 1 Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) 1996 38 36 5 1281 117 41.32 1638 78.20 100+ 18+
3 7 4 V Kohli (IND) 2013 34 30 6 1268 115* 52.83 1300 97.53 137 20
2 8 3 M Azharuddin (IND) 1998 37 33 4 1268 153* 43.72 1656 76.57 98 10
2 7 3 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2001 34 31 4 1260 116 46.66 1538 81.92 101 10
2 8 4 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2014 28 28 1 1256 128 46.51 1432 87.70 136 4
- 9 1 AD Mathews (SL) 2014 32 31 11 1244 139* 62.20 1391 89.43 111 23
2 6 2 AC Gilchrist (AUS) 1999 37 37 0 1241 154 33.54 1393 89.08 134 17
2 12 - SC Ganguly (Asia/IND) 2007 32 30 2 1240 98 44.28 1698 73.02 131 22
1 7 3 DL Haynes (WI) 1985 28 27 5 1232 145* 56.00 1688 72.98 114+ 5+
- 12 1 IVA Richards (WI) 1985 29 25 5 1231 103* 61.55 1329 92.62 95+ 21+
5 4 4 CH Gayle (WI) 2006 32 32 3 1217 133* 41.96 1452 83.81 165 24
1 8 3 PA de Silva (SL) 1997 28 27 4 1212 134 52.69 1403 86.38 112 11
5 8 3 AB de Villiers (Afr/SA) 2007 33 32 5 1209 146 44.77 1310 92.29 138 26
2 9 2 RG Sharma (IND) 2023 26 25 2 1208 131 52.52 1041 116.04 127 64
2 6 4 TM Dilshan (SL) 2015 25 24 1 1207 161* 52.47 1330 90.75 133 8
- 3 5 DJ Mitchell (NZ) 2023 26 25 2 1204 134 52.34 1201 100.24 93 37
- 10 1 JH Kallis (SA) 2002 33 32 5 1204 104* 44.59 1597 75.39 97 16
- 3 6 V Kohli (IND) 2018 14 14 5 1202 160* 133.55 1172 102.55 123 13
3 8 2 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 2001 33 33 1 1202 107 37.56 1444 83.24 128 26
3 10 2 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2013 25 23 4 1201 169 63.21 1341 89.56 116 14
- 9 2 MS Dhoni (IND) 2009 29 24 7 1198 124 70.47 1400 85.57 79 18
- 9 2 RT Ponting (AUS) 2009 29 29 1 1198 126 42.78 1477 81.11 121 12
- 8 2 RG Sharma (IND) 2013 28 27 4 1196 209 52.00 1480 80.81 119 30
- 5 5 AB de Villiers (SA) 2015 20 18 3 1193 162* 79.53 865 137.91 91 58
- 8 2 MS Atapattu (SL) 2002 32 32 3 1192 123* 41.10 1675 71.16 135 2
2 8 3 RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 2005 29 28 2 1191 141* 45.80 1417 84.05 114 20
2 5 4 PA de Silva (SL) 1996 30 29 5 1188 145 49.50 1295 91.73 118 15
2 8 2 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2006 36 34 5 1185 126* 40.86 1349 87.84 124 4
- 6 3 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2012 31 29 2 1184 133 43.85 1496 79.14 94 11
3 9 3 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1997 26 26 3 1178 151* 51.21 1037 113.59 135 30
1 7 4 DM Jones (AUS) 1990 22 22 5 1174 145 69.05 1489 78.84 81 14
2 12 - Younis Khan (PAK) 2002 36 34 6 1173 90 41.89 1504 77.99 100 10
3 11 1 Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 2003 33 31 4 1168 106 43.25 1477 79.07 97 11
- 6 3 RT Ponting (AUS) 1998 24 24 2 1166 145 53.00 1516 76.91 93 6
- 11 - MEK Hussey (AUS) 2009 33 31 7 1166 83* 48.58 1284 90.80 81 16
1 7 3 AB de Villiers (SA) 2013 27 26 3 1163 128 50.56 1198 97.07 94 21
1 4 5 S Dhawan (IND) 2013 26 25 2 1162 119 50.52 1187 97.89 146 9
5 7 1 Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 2000 41 41 5 1161 100* 32.25 1840 63.09 80 8
- 7 3 TM Dilshan (SL) 2013 25 25 6 1160 125 61.05 1431 81.06 126 1
2 7 3 SPD Smith (AUS) 2016 26 25 2 1154 164 50.17 1294 89.18 102 15
- 4 5 RT Ponting (AUS) 2003 34 31 6 1154 140* 46.16 1413 81.67 87 27
2 2 5 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 2006 26 25 1 1153 157 48.04 1073 107.45 137 28
3 9 2 P Nissanka (SL) 2023 29 29 3 1151 104 44.26 1317 87.39 156 6
2 5 2 A Jadeja (IND) 1999 36 34 7 1144 103* 42.37 1484 77.08 75 26
1 8 3 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2003 21 21 1 1141 152 57.05 1306 87.36 131 7
3 6 4 AJ Finch (AUS) 2019 23 23 1 1141 153* 51.86 1276 89.42 98 36
- 8 2 SR Watson (AUS) 2011 23 22 2 1139 185* 56.95 1046 108.89 116 42
2 7 2 WJ Cronje (SA) 1994 29 29 3 1133 112 43.57 1640 69.08 71 14
3 5 3 V Sehwag (IND) 2002 30 30 3 1130 126 41.85 1076 105.01 171 10
- 9 1 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2011 27 25 3 1127 111 51.22 1537 73.32 94 9
1 7 3 G Gambhir (IND) 2008 27 27 3 1119 113 46.62 1236 90.53 124 6
3 3 4 TM Dilshan (SL) 2012 31 30 3 1119 160* 41.44 1322 84.64 118 10
3 5 2 GW Flower (ZIM) 2001 33 33 3 1116 142* 37.20 1475 75.66 91 8
2 9 1 SC Ganguly (IND) 2002 32 30 1 1114 117* 38.41 1347 82.70 126 19
1 10 1 Inzamam-ul-Haq (PAK) 1999 29 28 4 1106 107 46.08 1571 70.40 81 10
2 8 1 Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) 1997 31 31 2 1104 139* 38.06 1451 76.08 82 22
- 9 1 M Azharuddin (IND) 1997 36 32 5 1104 111* 40.88 1550 71.22 55 8
3 7 1 MS Dhoni (Asia/IND) 2007 37 33 8 1103 139* 44.12 1231 89.60 87 23

Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: T20i


050100PlayerYearMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR4s6s
2 12 1 Mohammad Rizwan (PAK) 2021 29 26 8 1326 104* 73.66 983 134.89 119 42
2 9 2 SA Yadav (IND) 2022 31 31 6 1164 117 46.56 621 187.43 106 68
- 10 - Mohammad Rizwan (PAK) 2022 25 25 3 996 88* 45.27 810 122.96 78 22
2 9 1 Babar Azam (PAK) 2021 29 26 1 939 122 37.56 736 127.58 99 17
1 6 - Muhammad Waseem (UAE) 2023 21 21 1 806 91 40.30 494 163.15 74 51
1 8 1 V Kohli (IND) 2022 20 20 6 781 122* 55.78 565 138.23 66 26
1 8 - PR Stirling (IRE) 2019 20 20 2 748 91 41.55 532 140.60 90 20
4 5 - Sikandar Raza (ZIM) 2022 24 23 2 735 87 35.00 487 150.92 52 38
2 5 1 Babar Azam (PAK) 2022 26 26 3 735 110* 31.95 596 123.32 83 10
1 3 1 KJ O'Brien (IRE) 2019 23 23 0 729 124 31.69 469 155.43 67 36
- 6 1 GD Phillips (NZ) 2022 21 19 3 716 104 44.75 458 156.33 51 33
2 6 - P Nissanka (SL) 2022 24 24 1 713 75 31.00 631 112.99 62 17
- 6 - MP O'Dowd (NED) 2019 24 24 0 702 69 29.25 581 120.82 69 16
4 5 1 S Ssesazi (UGA) 2022 25 23 3 692 100* 34.60 546 126.73 75 20
- 6 - S Dhawan (IND) 2018 18 17 0 689 92 40.52 468 147.22 70 25
1 5 - MJ Guptill (NZ) 2021 18 18 0 678 97 37.66 466 145.49 53 41
2 5 - Virandeep Singh (MAL) 2022 21 20 3 669 96 39.35 474 141.13 66 29
1 5 1 Virandeep Singh (MAL) 2023 21 21 8 665 116* 51.15 500 133.00 42 38
2 2 - II Selemani (TAN) 2022 29 28 3 663 71 26.52 416 159.37 78 36
3 3 - RG Sharma (IND) 2022 29 29 2 656 72 24.29 488 134.42 64 32
- 7 - V Kohli (IND) 2016 15 13 7 641 90* 106.83 457 140.26 70 9
1 5 - BN Cooper (NED) 2019 21 21 4 637 91* 37.47 498 127.91 56 20
1 6 - MR Marsh (AUS) 2021 21 20 3 627 77* 36.88 483 129.81 59 23
- 4 1 DS Airee (NEP) 2022 18 17 4 626 110* 48.15 458 136.68 51 19
2 4 - A Balbirnie (IRE) 2022 27 27 1 617 75* 23.73 477 129.35 56 31
- 2 2 S Davizi (CZK-R) 2022 15 15 3 612 115* 51.00 418 146.41 69 22
1 3 - HH Pandya (IND) 2022 27 25 7 607 71* 33.72 416 145.91 47 30
1 3 - A Balbirnie (IRE) 2019 21 20 2 601 83 33.38 418 143.77 71 11
- 5 1 Muhammad Waseem (UAE) 2022 16 16 0 596 112 37.25 414 143.96 34 43
3 3 - Zubaidi Zulkifle (MAL) 2022 21 21 2 594 96 31.26 367 161.85 53 35
3 3 2 RG Sharma (IND) 2018 19 18 2 590 111* 36.87 400 147.50 51 31
1 5 1 JC Buttler (ENG) 2021 14 14 5 589 101* 65.44 411 143.30 49 26
- 5 - N Pooran (WI) 2022 23 22 2 582 74* 29.10 446 130.49 41 32
- 4 - Fakhar Zaman (PAK) 2018 17 17 0 576 91 33.88 387 148.83 67 19
1 3 - Mohammad Naim (BAN) 2021 26 26 1 575 64 23.00 573 100.34 48 12
2 2 - PR Stirling (IRE) 2022 27 27 1 575 66* 22.11 451 127.49 58 28
- 4 1 TP Ura (PNG) 2019 17 17 5 572 107* 47.66 389 147.04 41 30
1 6 - AK Markram (SA) 2021 18 16 3 570 70 43.84 383 148.82 44 27
- 4 - DP Conway (NZ) 2022 15 15 3 568 92* 47.33 464 122.41 48 16
2 3 - LJ Tucker (IRE) 2022 27 26 3 568 78 24.69 450 126.22 51 15
- 6 - Babar Azam (PAK) 2018 12 12 3 563 97* 62.55 445 126.51 54 7
2 3 1 Syed Aziz (MAL) 2023 21 21 2 559 126 29.42 362 154.41 63 26
2 4 1 MS Chapman (NZ) 2023 18 17 6 556 104* 50.54 382 145.54 48 22
- 4 - Litton Das (BAN) 2022 19 19 0 544 69 28.63 388 140.20 57 16
1 3 - AR Patwa (TAN) 2022 19 19 4 543 79 36.20 402 135.07 68 15
2 3 1 P Khadka (NEP) 2019 18 18 2 541 106* 33.81 371 145.82 60 25
2 2 - RG Mukasa (UGA) 2023 20 20 2 538 89 29.88 358 150.27 70 20
2 2 1 AJ Finch (AUS) 2018 17 17 4 531 172 40.84 301 176.41 45 31
- 3 1 HG Munsey (SCOT) 2019 15 15 1 526 127* 37.57 316 166.45 47 34
- 3 1 KS Leverock (BER) 2023 11 11 1 525 103 52.50 323 162.53 48 30
- 5 - Q de Kock (SA) 2021 14 14 2 524 72 43.66 399 131.32 54 12
1 5 - Sohail Ahmed (BHR) 2022 14 14 6 523 80* 65.37 378 138.35 38 24
2 5 - BKG Mendis (SL) 2022 20 20 2 521 79 28.94 394 132.23 36 23
- 1 1 Mohammad Shahzad (AFG) 2016 15 15 1 520 118* 37.14 340 152.94 59 25
1 4 - DJM Short (AUS) 2018 18 18 2 515 76 32.18 425 121.17 55 15
3 4 - MM Ali (ENG) 2022 27 22 5 515 63 30.29 325 158.46 36 31
- 2 1 R Powell (WI) 2022 22 21 4 513 107 30.17 344 149.12 23 39
1 4 - AJ Finch (AUS) 2022 20 20 2 512 63 28.44 427 119.90 48 12
1 3 - DJ Malan (ENG) 2022 19 18 3 509 82 33.93 385 132.20 50 17
3 4 - S Ssesazi (UGA) 2023 22 22 2 509 60 25.45 392 129.84 53 20
1 4 - Ahmed Faiz (MAL) 2022 19 17 4 507 86 39.00 379 133.77 37 25
- 2 1 GJ Maxwell (AUS) 2018 19 18 4 506 103* 36.14 352 143.75 35 23
3 5 - Meet Bhavsar (KUW) 2023 18 18 2 505 89 31.56 367 137.60 43 18
1 1 - Haider Butt (BHR) 2022 24 22 6 502 62 31.37 416 120.67 26 23
- 4 1 C Munro (NZ) 2018 12 12 1 500 104 45.45 280 178.57 41 35
1 2 - Afif Hossain (BAN) 2022 21 21 4 500 77* 29.41 404 123.76 34 14
- 3 - AP Rajeevan (TAN) 2022 27 24 5 498 70 26.21 422 118.00 47 10
2 4 - RG Sharma (IND) 2016 18 18 1 497 83 29.23 378 131.48 45 19
3 2 - MD Shanaka (SL) 2022 25 24 6 497 74* 27.61 366 135.79 40 24
2 2 - Mahmudullah (BAN) 2021 26 26 5 496 52 23.61 471 105.30 35 12
2 4 - Syed Aziz (MAL) 2022 21 20 6 495 64 35.35 310 159.67 39 31
1 4 1 Saim Hussain (BUL) 2022 15 15 2 492 108* 37.84 330 149.09 41 23
1 4 - E Lewis (WI) 2021 18 18 1 489 79 28.76 314 155.73 42 37
2 2 - Razmal Shigiwal (Aut) 2022 17 16 3 486 95* 37.38 325 149.53 42 19
1 2 - N Pooran (WI) 2021 25 21 2 484 64 25.47 371 130.45 31 32
- 4 - S Ssesazi (UGA) 2021 16 16 2 483 63 34.50 431 112.06 52 15
- 1 1 PR Stirling (IRE) 2021 16 16 2 482 115* 34.42 384 125.52 51 18
1 5 - BA King (WI) 2022 18 17 2 480 68 32.00 406 118.22 53 13
- 2 1 Zeeshan Khan (MLT) 2023 15 15 1 478 115 34.14 342 139.76 59 14
- 3 - Ishan Kishan (IND) 2022 16 16 0 476 89 29.75 372 127.95 52 18
4 2 - O Tuyisenge (RWN) 2022 24 24 1 476 66 20.69 434 109.67 56 11
- 2 1 MJ Guptill (NZ) 2012 13 13 3 472 101* 47.20 361 130.74 45 21
2 5 - TM Dilshan (SL) 2009 12 12 1 471 96* 42.81 333 141.44 66 6
- 4 - V Kohli (IND) 2012 14 13 1 471 78* 39.25 355 132.67 57 7
- 5 - V Kohli (IND) 2019 10 10 4 466 94* 77.66 315 147.93 29 23
- 2 1 Dylan Steyn (CZK-R) 2022 15 15 0 465 106 31.00 350 132.85 55 8
- 2 - Sabbir Rahman (BAN) 2016 16 16 3 463 80 35.61 363 127.54 46 13
2 4 - SS Iyer (IND) 2022 17 17 4 463 74* 35.61 328 141.15 39 20
2 4 - JC Buttler (ENG) 2022 15 15 2 462 80* 35.53 288 160.41 49 18
2 2 - E Dusingizimana (RWN) 2022 22 22 2 462 66* 23.10 442 104.52 48 15
- 3 - Babar Hayat (HKG) 2023 18 18 2 460 66 28.75 337 136.49 28 31
1 1 1 BB McCullum (NZ) 2012 15 15 0 459 123 30.60 338 135.79 46 17
2 3 - AJ Finch (AUS) 2021 17 17 1 459 79* 28.68 367 125.06 45 16
1 3 - V Aravind (UAE) 2022 16 15 2 455 97* 35.00 360 126.38 39 14
2 3 - W Madhevere (ZIM) 2022 23 23 3 453 73* 22.65 356 127.24 61 4
4 3 - Saud Islam (UGA) 2021 20 19 2 452 75 26.58 426 106.10 43 9
2 3 - R Sandaruwan (KUW) 2023 18 18 0 448 71 24.88 338 132.54 37 25
3 4 - RD Berrington (SCOT) 2021 13 13 4 447 82* 49.66 355 125.91 31 18
1 5 - TP Ura (PNG) 2022 12 11 2 446 93* 49.55 220 202.72 25 39
2 2 - V Aravind (UAE) 2023 20 19 2 444 64 26.11 425 104.47 49 7

Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: Test


050100PlayerYearMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR4s6s
1 3 9 Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 2006 11 19 1 1788 202 99.33 2854 62.64 222 12
- 5 7 IVA Richards (WI) 1976 11 19 0 1710 291 90.00 1584+ 72.85 179+ 7
1 4 6 JE Root (ENG) 2021 15 29 1 1708 228 61.00 3004 56.85 179 3
1 6 6 GC Smith (SA) 2008 15 25 2 1656 232 72.00 2516 65.81 215 4
- 3 5 MJ Clarke (AUS) 2012 11 18 3 1595 329* 106.33 2418 65.96 189 6
- 5 7 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2010 14 23 3 1562 214 78.10 2794 55.90 181 10
1 6 6 RT Ponting (AUS) 2005 15 28 5 1544 207 67.13 2518 61.31 178 11
1 4 6 RT Ponting (AUS) 2003 11 18 3 1503 257 100.20 2494 60.26 180 7
3 2 6 MP Vaughan (ENG) 2002 14 26 2 1481 197 61.70 2422 61.14 186 11
2 4 5 JL Langer (AUS) 2004 14 27 0 1481 215 54.85 2697 54.91 172 10
1 10 3 JE Root (ENG) 2016 17 32 2 1477 254 49.23 2433 60.70 170 1
- 5 6 SPD Smith (AUS) 2015 13 24 4 1474 215 73.70 2374 62.08 167 7
1 8 3 JM Bairstow (ENG) 2016 17 29 4 1470 167* 58.80 2525 58.21 145 8
1 6 3 V Sehwag (IND) 2008 14 27 1 1462 319 56.23 1703 85.84 181 22
1 8 4 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2014 11 21 1 1438 319 71.90 2608 55.13 155 11
2 8 5 V Sehwag (IND) 2010 14 25 2 1422 173 61.82 1566 90.80 215 10
- 8 4 SM Gavaskar (IND) 1979 17 26 0 1407 221 54.11 2433+ 47.43 177+ 3
3 5 4 SR Tendulkar (IND) 2002 16 26 1 1392 193 55.68 2568 54.20 197 4
2 5 5 ML Hayden (AUS) 2001 14 25 3 1391 203 63.22 2213 62.85 169 20
- 6 5 GR Viswanath (IND) 1979 17 26 2 1388 179 57.83 2054+ 46.20 127+ 1
1 10 3 JE Root (ENG) 2015 14 26 3 1385 182* 60.21 2174 63.70 158 10
2 7 3 RB Simpson (AUS) 1964 14 26 3 1381 311 60.04 1572+ 45.10 135 1
2 4 5 ML Hayden (AUS) 2005 15 29 3 1380 138 53.07 2550 54.11 175 6
- 3 5 DL Amiss (ENG) 1974 13 22 2 1379 262* 68.95 3126 44.11 160 1
1 8 3 AN Cook (ENG) 2015 14 26 1 1364 263 54.56 3123 43.67 150 0
- 5 5 R Dravid (IND) 2002 16 26 3 1357 217 59.00 3237 41.92 189 0
1 5 6 DR Martyn (AUS) 2004 14 26 2 1353 161 56.37 2603 51.97 148 5
- 5 5 BC Lara (WI) 2003 10 19 1 1344 209 74.66 2129 63.12 178 16
1 6 4 KP Pietersen (ENG) 2006 14 26 1 1343 158 53.72 2057 65.28 171 15
- 4 7 RT Ponting (AUS) 2006 10 18 3 1333 196 88.86 2193 60.78 139 7
- 4 4 IJL Trott (ENG) 2010 14 24 4 1325 226 66.25 2680 49.44 148 0
3 4 4 ME Trescothick (ENG) 2005 13 24 0 1323 194 55.12 2099 63.03 180 11
2 5 5 V Kohli (IND) 2018 13 24 0 1322 153 55.08 2433 54.33 144 2
2 7 4 DA Warner (AUS) 2015 13 24 0 1317 253 54.87 1609 81.85 163 11
- 3 5 ML Hayden (AUS) 2003 12 21 4 1312 380 77.17 1734 75.66 156 20
3 5 5 SM Gavaskar (IND) 1983 18 32 4 1310 236* 46.78 1098+ 50.27 122+ 3
- 3 6 SPD Smith (AUS) 2017 11 20 3 1305 239 76.76 2573 50.71 140 2
- 3 6 GS Sobers (WI) 1958 8 13 4 1299 365* 144.33 - - 38+ 1
2 7 5 JH Kallis (SA) 2004 11 21 5 1288 162 80.50 2540 50.70 148 12
- 4 5 AN Cook (ENG) 2010 14 24 2 1287 235* 58.50 2350 54.76 148 3
2 7 3 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1997 11 19 0 1271 340 66.89 1947 65.27 140 9
- 7 2 AN Cook (ENG) 2016 17 33 3 1270 130 42.33 2447 51.90 151 1
1 5 4 GA Gooch (ENG) 1990 9 17 1 1264 333 79.00 2267 55.75 152 8
- 4 5 HM Amla (SA) 2010 11 19 3 1249 253* 78.06 2354 53.05 138 2
2 3 4 AN Cook (ENG) 2012 15 29 3 1249 190 48.03 2981 41.89 138 5
1 4 4 KC Sangakkara (SL) 2006 11 20 2 1242 287 69.00 2104 59.03 165 3
4 7 4 DC Boon (AUS) 1993 16 25 5 1241 164* 62.05 3025 41.02 149 1
1 4 4 TT Samaraweera (SL) 2009 11 20 3 1234 231 72.58 2115 58.34 170 4
1 6 4 BC Lara (WI) 1995 12 20 2 1222 179 67.88 1660 73.61 192 1
2 7 2 AJ Stewart (ENG) 1998 16 31 3 1222 164 43.64 2599 47.01 152 0
2 2 7 PA de Silva (SL) 1997 11 19 3 1220 168 76.25 2075 58.79 149 6
- 5 4 MA Taylor (AUS) 1989 11 20 1 1219 219 64.15 2766 44.07 125 2
- 2 4 V Kohli (IND) 2016 12 18 2 1215 235 75.93 2011 60.41 134 2
1 6 5 JH Kallis (SA) 2007 9 17 3 1210 186 86.42 2319 52.17 135 7
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Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: ODI, T20i, Test


Cricket Record for Most Runs in a Calendar Year: ODI, T20i, Test

The “most runs in a calendar year” throughout One Day Internationals, Twenty20 Internationals, and Tests is one of cricket’s most prized records.

Achieving this feat is a credit to the player’s stamina, adaptability, and raw talent, since it calls for them to rise to the unique challenges presented by each format.

Achieving the most runs in a calendar year is not only about skill; it’s about adapting to varied pitches, weather conditions, and opponents, all while maintaining peak physical and mental conditioning.

Consistency in ODI Cricket: A Yearly Run Feast

ODI cricket offers a unique blend of entertainment and skill. While scoring in a series is commendable, maintaining a consistent run throughout the year showcases true mastery.

A select few batsmen have showcased this consistency in ODIs year after year. Let’s dive into the top players who’ve achieved this remarkable feat.

Sachin Tendulkar: The Pinnacle of ODI Runs

In ODI cricket, Sachin Tendulkar stands tall. In 1998, he amassed an impressive 1894 runs in 34 matches, averaging 65.31.

This feat included 9 centuries, the most by any batter in a single year. Remarkably, Tendulkar topped the ODI run charts five times during his illustrious career.

Sourav Ganguly: The Southpaw’s Yearly Dominance

Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, clinched the second spot in 1999. He gathered 1767 runs in 41 matches, averaging 46.50.

His career-best 183 off 158 balls came during the 1999 World Cup against Sri Lanka. Ganguly’s year was adorned with 4 centuries and 10 half-centuries.

Rahul Dravid: Beyond the Test Label

Rahul Dravid, primarily known for his Test prowess, secured the third spot in 1999. He scored 1761 runs in 43 matches, averaging 46.34.

Dravid shone in the 1999 World Cup, being the top run-scorer with 461 runs in 8 matches. He crossed the century mark six times that year.

Tendulkar’s Second Feat

Tendulkar makes the list again, this time for his 1996 performance. He accumulated 1611 runs in 32 matches. This tally included 6 centuries and 9 fifties. His top score, 137, came against Sri Lanka during the 1996 World Cup.

Matthew Hayden: The World Cup Maestro

Matthew Hayden, a two-time World Cup winner, scored 1601 runs in 32 matches in 2007. He was the top scorer in the 2007 World Cup with 659 runs in 10 innings. Interestingly, 3 of his 5 ODI centuries that year were during the World Cup.

Quick ODI Facts:
  • Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most ODI runs in a year with 1894 runs in 1998.
  • For India, Tendulkar also holds the record with the same 1894 runs in 1998.
  • Tendulkar also boasts the most ODI centuries in a year with 9.
  • In 2023, Shubman Gill leads with 587 runs in 7 matches.

The T20 International Run Machines of Recent Years

Mohammad Rizwan: The Record Holder

Mohammad Rizwan from Pakistan tops the chart. In 2021, he scored a whopping 1,326 runs in 29 matches. His average? A solid 73.66 with a strike rate of 134.89.

Moreover, he notched up one century and twelve half-centuries that year. During the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, he ranked third in runs.

He scored 281 runs in six matches, averaging 70.25. Additionally, he struck three fifties in this prestigious event.

His form was instrumental in taking Pakistan to the World Cup semi-finals. In 2022, he’s already scored 996 runs in 25 matches.

Suryakumar Yadav: The Rising Star

Next up, India’s Suryakumar Yadav. In 2022, he’s accumulated 1,040 runs in 29 matches. His strike rate stands at an impressive 185.71, and he averages 43.33.

Babar Azam: The Consistent Performer

Babar Azam, Rizwan’s partner, isn’t far behind. In 2021, he gathered 939 runs in 29 matches. His average was 37.56, and his strike rate? 127.58.

He scored one century and nine half-centuries. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, he led in runs, scoring 303 in six matches. His average was a commendable 60.60.

Other Notable Performers

Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain, ranks fifth. In 2022, he’s made 781 runs in 20 matches, averaging 55.78. Ireland’s Paul Sterling is sixth with 748 runs in 2019.

Following him is Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza with 735 runs in 2022. Among Indians, Shikhar Dhawan holds a notable record.

In 2018, he scored 689 runs in 18 matches. Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka and Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien also grace the top 10.

Quick Glance: Top Run Scorers in T20Is
  1. Mohammad Rizwan (2021) – 1,326 runs
  2. Suryakumar Yadav (2022) – 1,040 runs
  3. Mohammad Rizwan (2022) – 996 runs
  4. Babar Azam (2021) – 939 runs
  5. Virat Kohli (2022) – 781 runs
  6. Paul Sterling (2019) – 748 runs
  7. Sikandar Raza (2022) – 735 runs
  8. Babar Azam (2022) – 735 runs
  9. Kevin O’Brien (2019) – 729 runs
  10. Pathum Nissanka (2022) – 713 runs

Cricket’s Calendar Year Heroes: Test Matches

Cricket, a game of numbers, has seen many records. Yet, some stand tall, like the most Test runs in a calendar year.

Mohammad Yousuf’s Unbeaten Record

Mohammad Yousuf from Pakistan holds this record. In 2006, he scored a whopping 1788 runs in 19 innings. That’s an average of 99.33! Before him, Vivian Richards held the record with 1710 runs in 1976.

Joe Root’s Pursuit

Now, England’s captain Joe Root is chasing this record. He recently overtook legends Sachin Tendulkar and Michael Clarke.

Currently, Root has 1630 runs in 2021. He’s just 158 runs behind Yousuf. After scoring 24 in the recent Ashes Test, he has two innings left to surpass Yousuf.

Other Notable Performances

Graeme Smith, Test cricket’s most successful captain, is third. He scored 1656 runs in 2008. Michael Clarke with 1595 runs in 2012 and Sachin Tendulkar with 1562 runs in 2010 round off the top five.

Ricky Ponting deserves a special mention. He’s the only one to score over 1500 Test runs twice in a year. First, in 2003 with 1503 runs, and then in 2005 with 1544 runs.

Current Players Making Waves

Among the current players, Joe Root shines the brightest. Apart from 2021, he scored 1477 runs in 2016. That year, he surpassed Steve Smith’s 1474 runs from 2015.

Jonny Bairstow isn’t far behind. In 2016, he scored 1470 runs, making him fourth among active players.

Top Performers At A Glance

  • 2006: Mohammad Yousuf – 1788 runs, 11 matches, 19 innings, 99.33 average.
  • 1976: Vivian Richards – 1710 runs, 11 matches, 19 innings, 90.00 average.
  • 2021: Joe Root – 1708 runs, 15 matches, 29 innings, 56.85 average.
  • 2008: Graeme Smith – 1656 runs, 15 matches, 25 innings, 72.00 average.
  • 2012: Michael Clarke – 1595 runs, 11 matches, 18 innings, 106.33 average.

A Year of Unrivaled Greatness: Genre-Wide Dominance

The cricketing community is in awe of a feat that has set a new standard of perfection as the clock winds down on this calendar year.

Getting the most runs in one year in one-day internationals, Twenty20 internationals, and tests is a remarkable feat that speaks to a player’s versatility, perseverance, and dedication to the game.

This record highlights the value of being a well-rounded cricketer at a time when specialization is generally seen as the norm, with players often focussing on one format to enhance their talents.

It serves as a gentle reminder that the game itself is constant despite the variations in presentation. The player in question did more than just play; they learned, grew, and ultimately triumphed.

This achievement will go down as more than simply a number in cricket lore. It will be a source of pride for cricket fans all over the world and motivation for aspiring cricket players.

As time passes, we will look back on 2018 with pride, knowing that it was the year we broke barriers and accomplished the seemingly impossible.

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