England vs India 4th Test: England captain Joe Root has a chance to become the highest run-scorer in Test cricket in a calendar year or a season. Before the Oval Test this year, he has scored 1,398 runs in 21 innings at an average of around 58. Now he is 490 runs away from holding the record for the most runs in a calendar year.
The route which is currently at number 17 in this list. However, looking at the kind of form he is running in, it would not be wrong to say that he can make his place in the top five.
First of all, let us tell you who is the highest run scorer in a calendar year in Test cricket? Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is at number 5 in this list. Sachin scored 1562 runs in 23 Test innings in the 2010 season.
At the same time, in the year 2012, former Australia captain Michael Clarke has scored 1595 runs in just 18 innings. Apart from this, South Africa’s opening batsman and former captain Graeme Smith scored 1656 runs in 25 innings in the 2008 season. Also, the great batsman Vivian Richards had scored 1710 runs in just 19 innings in the year 1976.
The record of scoring the most runs in a calendar year in Test cricket so far is in the name of former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf. He had scored 1788 runs in just 19 Test innings in a year 15 years ago.
Root now has a chance to break Yusuf’s record. Root, who scored three centuries in the first three Tests of the ongoing series against India, has about 10 innings left this year. In such a situation, he can score 500 runs in these innings.