Cricketers with most International runs in a calendar year

Cricketers with most International runs in a calendar year

Kohli's marvellous form across all formats of the game has helped him sue a lot of records that stood firm for a long period of time

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It has been an eventful year for the Indian skipper, who amassed tons of International runs across all formats, without sweating a little bit. The amount of hard work and dedication he has put in over the years is reflecting upon his brilliant run right now and technically, the ongoing 3rd Test against Sri Lanka is the last International game he is going to play.

His marvellous form across all formats of the game has helped him sue a lot of records that stood firm for a long period of time. Much to the disappointment of the Indian cricket fans, he fell agonizingly short of a very impressive and long-standing record set up Ricky Ponting in 2005.

Ricky Ponting was at his immaculate best in 2005 and scored a whopping 2,833 runs across all formats for Australia. By doing so, he topped the list of cricketers with most runs a calendar year. Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara came close to breaching that landmark in 2014, where he scored 2,813 runs in 47 matches.

Kohli goes past Williamson’s tally

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was breathing fire in 2015 and he eventually amassed a sensational 2,692 runs in just 39 matches. Virat went past that tally and took the third position now and he doesn’t have a chance to better that tally this year.

Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, and Virat Kohli appear twice in the top 10. Ricky Ponting’s staggering tally of 2,657 runs in 2003 was previously the best, before he surpassed himself in 2005. Sangakkara registered 2,609 runs in 2006 and Kohli’s tally of 2595 stands 8th in the list.

Another big name in the list is Rahul Dravid, who previously stood number one before Ponting surpassed him in 2003. Sourav Ganguly amassed staggering amount of runs in the same year as that of Dravid’s purple patch, where he clobbered 2,580 runs. Taking the 10th spot is the English Test skipper Joe Root, who scored 2,570 runs in 2016.

Here’s the list of the highest run-scorers in a calendar year

Note: Stats are included from the matches that were started and ended in the same calendar year