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Kohli eclipses Dravid scoring most number of overseas Test runs in a calendar year


Indian skipper Virat Kohli has surpassed Rahul Dravid in scoring most number of runs in a calendar year in overseas Tests.

Kohli eclipses Dravid scoring most number of overseas Test runs in a calendar year

On the second day of the Boxing Day Test, Kohli achieved the milestone when he reached 82 at the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Kohli’s tally now stands at 1138 runs in 11 matches (21 innings) with one innings still to go in the ongoing Test match. Kohli has so far scored 259 runs in the ongoing series.

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In 2002, Rahul Dravid scored 1137 runs in overseas Tests in 11 matches (18 innings) at an average of 66.88 with four 100 plus scores and four fifties.

Mohinder Amarnath is third on the list who scored 1065 runs in just nine matches (14 innings) at an average of 71 with four centuries and seven fifties in 1983.

The great Sunil Gavaskar comes in fourth with 918 runs in 14 innings, during his debut year in international cricket in 1971.

Most runs among Indians in a calendar year in overseas Test

Player Matches Runs Average Year
Virat Kohli 11* 1138 54.19 2018
Rahul Dravid 11 1137 66.88 2002
Mohinder Amarnath 9 1065 71.00 1983
Sunil Gavaskar 7 918 83.45 1971
Murali Vijay 10 852 42.60 2014

 

Graeme Smith tops the international list; the South African maestro scored 1212 runs in 2008 calendar year at an average of 67.33 playing just 11 matches.

One of the greatest batsmen in the history of Test cricket Sir Vivian Richards stands in the second position. Viv procured 1154 runs only in 7 matches back in 1976.

Most runs in a calendar year in overseas Test

Player Matches Runs Average Year
Graeme Smith 11 1212 67.33 2008
Viv Richards 7 1154 88.76 1976
Virat Kohli 11* 1138 54.19 2018
Rahul Dravid 11 1137 66.88 2002
Mohinder Amarnath 9 1065 71.00 1983

 

The four match Test series is equaled 1-1 having India won the series opener by 31 runs and Australia came back defeating the tourists in the second match by a massive margin of 146 runs.

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