Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke a long-standing record of Rahul Dravid to become the Indian player with most runs in a calendar year in overseas Test.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke a long-standing record of Rahul Dravid to become the Indian player with most runs in a calendar year in overseas Test.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke a long-standing record of Rahul Dravid to become the Indian player with most runs in a calendar year in overseas Test. (ALSO READ: India 346/4 at tea on day two after Pujara-Kohli resistance ended)

Kohli achieved the milestone when he reached 82 on day two of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, on Thursday. Unfortunately, he got in the next ball trying to ramp a Mitchell Starc short delivery, that ended straight in to the hands of Aaron Finch at third man. (ALSO READ: To the manor born, Mayank Agarwal stars on Test debut)

Kohli’s tally now stands at 1138 runs in 11 matches (21 innings), with potentially one more innings to go. Dravid, in 2002 had 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. (LIVE SCORE: Australia Vs India Live Cricket Score)

Third on the list now is Mohinder Amarnath 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.

During the ongoing series Kohli has so far scored 259 runs in five innings, including today’s knock. In the first series of 2018, India’s tour of South Africa, Kohli was the highest run-getter from both sides scoring 286 runs at 47.66 in six innings.  In tour of England, Kohli once again led the pack with 593 runs in ten innings.

Dravid in 2002 played in the West Indies, scoring 404 runs in eight innings, while in England he amassed 602 runs in six innings he capped off the stellar year with 131 runs in four innings.

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

Among most runs scored in overseas Tests in a calendar year, South Africa’s Graeme Smith leads the tally with 1212 runs in 11 matches at an average of 67.33 in 2008, followed by the great Viv Richards with 1154 runs in just seven matches at an average of 88.76 in 1976. Kohli is third currently, but can overtake both Smith and Richards, by scoring 75 runs and 17 runs, respectively

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