Players with most fours in ODIs in a calendar year from 1971 to 2015

Players with most fours in ODIs in a calendar year from 1971 to 2015

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (© PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

It is always luxury for any team who have players like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle or say Brendon McCullum who hit sixes at their will but all the players cannot clear the boundary whenever they wish to in cricket but there are some players who hit fours as and when they want to like India’s Virender Sehwag who is known as “first ball four Sehwag” in ODIs. Players with good techniques always find the gaps on the ground and hit considerable number of fours for their respective teams.

We know Sachin Tendulkar has scored more fours in ODIs than any other player and he has also scored most fours in ODI cricket than any other batsman and to be precious the number is 2016. But most fans are unaware of the players who have scored most number of fours in a particular calendar year in ODI cricket.

Even if you are a cricket fanatic, some of the record holders will certainly surprise you. While legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara are on this list, there are some you would least suspect of holding the record.

So, here is the table of players with most fours in ODIs in a calendar year from 1971 to 2015.

Year Player name Country Matches No.of fours in that particular year Runs scored in that particular year
1971 KD Walters Australia 1 6 41
1972 Keith Stackpole Australia 3 17 150
1973 Dennis Amiss England 2 18 134
1974 Ian Chappell Australia 2 22 169
1975 Glenn Turner New Zealand 6 34+ 359
1976 Viv Richards West Indies 3 30 216
1977 Mike Brearley England 4 21 147
1978 Clive Radley England 4 25 250
1979 Viv Richards West Indies 8 45+ 526
1980 GordenGreenidge West Indies 7 48+ 469
1981 Graeme Wood Australia 17 55 658
1982 Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 14 57 677
1983 David Gower England 20 102 1086
1984 Viv Richards West Indies 18 80 695
1985 Desmond Haynes West Indies 28 114+ 1232
1986 Kris Srikkanth India 27 72 748
1987 Graham Gooch England 15 83 840
1988 John Wright New Zealand 21 77 742
1989 Desmond Haynes West Indies 23 86+ 1007
1990 Dean Jones Australia 22 81 1174
1991 Richie Richardson West Indies 19 63 658
1992 Rameez Raja Pakistan 29 79 865
1993 Brian Lara West Indies 30 154 1349
1994 Sachin Tendulkar India 25 130 1089
1995 Brian Lara West Indies 15 86 806
1996 Sachin Tendulkar India 32 163 1611
1997 SanathJayasuriya Sri Lanka 26 135 1178
1998 Sachin Tendulkar India 34 188 1894
1999 SouravGanguly India 41 183 1767
2000 SouravGanguly India 32 151 1579
2001 SanathJayasuriya Sri Lanka 33 128 1202
2002 H Gibbs South Africa 37 171 1310
2002 Virender Sehwag India 30 171 1130
2003 Adam Gilchrist Australia 31 150 1098
2004 Adam Gilchrist Australia 21 114 879
2005 Virender Sehwag India/Asia/ICC 33 142 1017
2006 Chris Gayle West Indies 32 165 1217
2007 Sachin Tendulkar India 33 192 1425
2008 GautamGambhir India 27 124 1119
2009 TM Dilshan Sri Lanka 19 130 1000
2010 TM Dilshan Sri Lanka 20 124 921
2011 Virat Kohli India 34 127 1381
2012 TM Dilshan Sri Lanka 31 118 1119
2013 Shikhar Dhawan India 26 146 1162
2014 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 28 136 1256
2015 Martin Guptil New Zealand 32 162 1489

Here is a table which includes team-wise distribution of players with most fours in ODIs in a calendar year

Count Team
12 India
10 West Indies
7 Australia
6 Sri Lanka
5 England
3 New Zealand
2 Pakistan
1 South Africa

Here is a table which includes batsmen who have hit most fours in a calendar year most times (twice or more).

Count Batsman Years
4 Sachin Tendulkar 1994, 1996, 1998, 2007
 

3

Viv Richards 1976, 1979, 1984
TM Dilshan 2009, 2010, 2012

2Desmond Haynes1985, 1989Brian Lara1993, 1995SanathJayasuriya1997, 2001SouravGanguly1999, 2000Virender Sehwag2002, 2005Adam Gilchrist2003, 2004

TM Dilshan (2009, 2010), Sourav Ganguly (1999, 2000) and Adam Gilchrist (2003, 2004) are the only batsmen to be in the list of players with most fours in two consecutive years.

Here is a table that includes batsmen being highest ODI run getter and also in the list of most no. of fours in that particular calendar year.

Year Player name Country Runs No. of fours
1973 Dennis Amiss England 134 18
1976 Viv Richards West Indies 216 30
1978 Clive Radley England 250 25
1979 Viv Richards West Indies 526 45+
1980 Gordon Greenidge West Indies 469 48+
1981 Graeme Wood Australia 658 55
1982 Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 677 57
1983 David Gower England 1086 102
1985 Desmond Haynes West Indies 1232 114+
1989 Desmond Haynes West Indies 1007 86+
1990 Dean Jones Australia 1174 81
1991 Richie Richardson West Indies 658 63
1993 Brian Lara West Indies 1349 154
1995 Brian Lara West Indies 806 86
1996 Sachin Tendulkar India 1611 163
1998 Sachin Tendulkar India 1894 188
1999 SouravGanguly India 1767 183
2000 SouravGanguly India 1579 151
2008 GautamGambhir India 1119 124
2011 Virat Kohli India 1381 127
2014 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 1256 136
2015 Martin Guptil New Zealand 1489 162

Note:
+ sign indicates records which do not have conclusive numbers.