Sachin Tendulkar scored 1,894 runs in 1998 — the most ever scored in a calendar year © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar scored 1,894 runs in 1998 — the most ever scored in a calendar year © Getty Images

Three New Zealand batsmen — Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor — are the leading run-getters in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in 2015 till the end of September. Bharath Seervi lists the highest ODI run-getters of each calendar year since 1971.

In ODIs this calendar year, New Zealand batsmen top the list. Four batsmen have aggregated over 1,000 ODI runs this year, and 3 of them have been the Kiwis. Kane Williamson has 1,317 runs, Martin Guptill 1,287 and Ross Taylor 1,041. The only other one on the list is Tillakaratne Dilshan (1,003).

New Zealand will not play any more ODI cricket this year, which means the aggregates of their batsmen won’t change. However, if one looks at the volume of ODIs left this year, it will be difficult for anyone to overcome Williamson’s tally of 1,317 runs.

Sri Lanka will play only 3 more ODIs (against West Indies at home). Dilshan will need more than 300 in these matches to eclipse Williamson. The next on the list is Hashim Amla (973). South Africa will play 5 ODIs in India, in which Amla will have to score 350; AB de Villiers will need almost 500.

If Williamson remains the highest ODI run-getter in 2015 it would be only the third time for a New Zealand batsman. Glenn Turner (359 in 6 matches in 1975) and Andrew Jones (806 in 19 matches in 1988) are the others.

Let us see the highest ODI run-getters of each calendar year since 1971.

Highest ODI run-getters in each calendar year

Year Batsman Team Mat Runs Ave 100s HS
1971 John Edrich England 1 82 82.00 0 82
1972 Dennis Amiss England 3 168 56.00 1 103
1973 Dennis Amiss England 2 134 67.00 1 100
1974 David Lloyd England 4 193 64.33 1 116*
1975 Glenn Turner New Zealand 6 359 119.66 2 171*
1976 Viv Richards West Indies 3 216 108.00 1 119*
1977 Greg Chappell Australia 3 174 87.00 1 125*
1978 Clive Radley England 4 250 83.33 1 117*
1979 Viv Richards West Indies 8 526 131.50 2 153*
1980 Gordon Greenidge West Indies 7 469 93.80 1 103
1981 Graeme Wood Australia 17 658 47.00 1 108
1982 Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 14 677 52.07 4 123
1983 David Gower England 20 1086 63.88 4 158
1984 Desmond Haynes West Indies 20 813 54.20 4 133*
1985 Desmond Haynes West Indies 28 1232 56.00 3 145*
1986 Sunil Gavaskar India 23 805 38.33 0 92*
1987 Javed Miandad Pakistan 22 1084 67.75 2 113
1988 Andrew Jones New Zealand 19 806 44.77 0 90
1989 Desmond Haynes West Indies 23 1007 55.94 4 152*
1990 Dean Jones Australia 22 1174 69.05 4 145
1991 Richie Richardson West Indies 19 658 36.55 2 122
1992 Javed Miandad Pakistan 25 942 52.33 1 115*
1993 Brian Lara West Indies 30 1349 49.96 4 153
1994 Hansie Cronje South Africa 29 1133 43.57 2 112
1995 Brian Lara West Indies 15 806 67.16 2 169
1996 Sachin Tendulkar India 32 1611 53.70 6 137
1997 Sourav Ganguly India 38 1338 41.81 1 113
1998 Sachin Tendulkar India 34 1894 65.31 9 143
1999 Sourav Ganguly India 41 1767 46.50 4 183
2000 Sourav Ganguly India 32 1579 56.39 7 144
2001 Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 34 1260 46.66 3 116
2002 Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan 32 1362 54.48 5 141*
2003 Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan 33 1168 43.25 1 106
2004 Rahul Dravid India 31 1025 39.42 1 104
2005 Ricky Ponting Australia 29 1191 45.80 3 141*
2006 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 36 1333 44.43 1 109
2007 Matthew Hayden Australia 32 1601 59.29 5 181*
2008 Gautam Gambhir India 27 1119 46.62 3 113
2009 MS Dhoni India 29 1198 70.47 2 124
2009 Ricky Ponting Australia 29 1198 42.78 2 126
2010 Hashim Amla South Africa 15 1058 75.57 5 129
2011 Virat Kohli India 34 1381 47.62 4 117
2012 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 31 1184 43.85 3 133
2013 Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 34 1373 54.92 0 96*
2014 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 28 1256 46.51 4 128

–          There were very few ODI matches in the early years. There was only one ODI in 1971, where John Edrich scored 82 and became highest scorer of the year.

–          Till 1978 no player played more than 10 ODI matches in a calendar year.

–          Edrich (1971), Sunil Gavaskar (1986), Andrew Jones (1988) and Misbah-ul-Haq (2013) are the only batsmen who were the highest run-getters of the respective calendar years in ODIs without a century. Edrich played only one match, Jones 19, Gavaskar 23 and Misbah 34.

Team-wise distribution of top ODI run-getters in a calendar year

Count Team
10 India
9 West Indies
6 Australia
6 England
6 Pakistan
4 Sri Lanka
2 New Zealand
2 South Africa

–          Out of 6 instances by Englishmen 4 were in the first 4 years of ODIs (1971 — 1974) where fewer ODIs were played. The last Englishman on the list is David Gower (1983).

 

–          For Sri Lanka, 3 of the 4 instances were by Kumar Sangakkara.

–          South Africa started ODIs only 1992. Their first entrant was Hansie Cronje (1994), but the next one took time (Amla, 2010).

Batsmen being the highest ODI run-getter in a calendar year most times (twice or more)

Count Batsman Years
 

3

Desmond Haynes 1984, 1985, 1989
Sourav Ganguly 1997, 1999, 2000
Kumar Sangakkara 2006, 2012, 2014
 

 

 

2

Dennis Amiss 1972, 1973
Viv Richards 1976, 1979
Javed Miandad 1987, 1992
Brian Lara 1993, 1995
Sachin Tendulkar 1996, 1998
Mohammad Yousuf 2002, 2003
Ricky Ponting 2005, 2009

–          Dennis Amiss (1972, 1973), Desmond Haynes (1984, 1985), Sourav Ganguly (1999, 2000) and Mohammad Yousuf (2002, 2003) are the only batsmen to be the highest ODI run-getters in two consecutive years.

Batsmen being among the top three highest ODI run-getters in a calendar year most number of times (thrice or more)

Count Batsman Years
6 Sachin Tendulkar 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007
 

 

5

Desmond Haynes 1978, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989
Sourav Ganguly 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
Kumar Sangakkara 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
Virat Kohli 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
 

4

Dennis Amiss 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977
Viv Richards 1976, 1979, 1984, 1985
Gordon Greenidge 1979, 1980, 1983, 1988
Ricky Ponting 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
 

 

 

3

Keith Fletcher 1972, 1973, 1975
Glenn Turner 1975, 1976, 1983
Greg Chappell 1977, 1980, 1981
Javed Miandad 1982, 1987, 1992
Inzamam-ul-Haq 1992, 1993, 1995
Rahul Dravid 1999, 2004, 2005

–          Virat Kohli is the only player to feature one among the top three highest ODI run-getters in five consecutive years (2010 — 2014). Unfortunately his sequence will most likely end this year, as he has scored only 378 runs in 15 matches this year. He will need to score around more than 700 in the 5-match series to become one of the top 3 highest run-getters for this year.

–          Ganguly had a sequence of 4 consecutive years from 1997 to 2000. Nobody else has managed a run of 3.

–          Ricky Ponting was one among the 3 highest run-getters of a calendar year for alternative years 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Most ODI runs in a calendar year to not end as the highest run-getter that year (1,300 or more runs)

Year Batsman Mat Runs Ave 100s HS Position
1999 Rahul Dravid 43 1761 46.34 6 153 2nd
1996 Saeed Anwar 36 1595 51.45 3 115 2nd
1999 Mark Waugh 36 1468 44.48 2 106 3rd
2000 Gary Kirsten 36 1467 44.45 2 115 2nd
1996 Gary Kirsten 29 1442 57.68 6 188* 3rd
2007 Sachin Tendulkar 33 1425 47.5 1 100* 2nd
2007 Ricky Ponting 27 1424 79.11 5 134* 3rd
1998 Sourav Ganguly 36 1328 41.5 4 124 2nd
2000 Sachin Tendulkar 34 1328 39.05 3 146 3rd
2011 Jonathan Trott 29 1315 52.6 2 137 2nd
2002 Herschelle Gibbs 37 1310 38.52 5 153 2nd
2013 Mohammad Hafeez 33 1301 46.46 5 140* 2nd
2000 Jacques Kallis 39 1300 44.82 0 98* 4th

`-          Ganguly (1,767) was the highest run-getter in 1999. The next two were Rahul Dravid (1,761) and Mark Waugh (1,468).

–          Four batsmen crossed 1,300 runs in 2000. Ganguly was the highest with 1,579 runs.

Biggest difference between the top two highest ODI run-getters in a calendar year (difference of 150 or more runs)

Difference Year Batsman Mat Runs Ave 100s HS
566 1998 Sachin Tendulkar 34 1894 65.31 9 143
Sourav Ganguly 36 1328 41.50 4 124
541 1993 Brian Lara 30 1349 49.96 4 153
Inzamam-ul-Haq 21 808 50.50 0 90*
364 1990 Dean Jones 22 1174 69.05 4 145
Martin Crowe 20 810 42.63 1 104
252 1983 David Gower 20 1086 63.88 4 158
Glenn Turner 23 834 36.26 1 140
 

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1981

Graeme Wood 17 658 47.00 1 108
Allan Border 17 454 30.26 0 85
Greg Chappell 14 454 37.83 0 90
176 1982 Zaheer Abbas 14 677 52.07 4 123
Javed Miandad 13 501 83.50 2 119*
176 2007 Matthew Hayden 32 1601 59.29 5 181*
Sachin Tendulkar 33 1425 47.50 1 100*

–          In 2009 the top two run-getters had identical aggregates — 1,198, shared by MS Dhoni and Ponting. Both played 29 matches, scored 2 centuries each, but Dhoni averaged 70.47 and Ponting 42.78.

–          In 1985, the top two run-getters were just one run apart: Haynes scored 1,232 and Viv Richards 1,231. In 1999 the difference was 6 — Ganguly (1,767) and Dravid (1,761).

 Batting average of more than 65 by the highest ODI run-getter in a calendar year (Min. 5 matches)

Year Batsman Team Mat Runs Ave 100s HS
1979 Viv Richards West Indies 8 526 131.50 2 153*
1975 Glenn Turner New Zealand 6 359 119.66 2 171*
1980 Gordon Greenidge West Indies 7 469 93.80 1 103
2010 Hashim Amla South Africa 15 1058 75.57 5 129
2009 MS Dhoni India 29 1198 70.47 2 124
1990 Dean Jones Australia 22 1174 69.05 4 145
1987 Javed Miandad Pakistan 22 1084 67.75 2 113
1995 Brian Lara West Indies 15 806 67.16 2 169
1998 Sachin Tendulkar India 34 1894 65.31 9 143

Batting average of less than 45 by the highest ODI run-getter in a calendar year

Year Batsman Team Mat Runs Ave 100s HS
1991 Richie Richardson West Indies 19 658 36.55 2 122
1986 Sunil Gavaskar India 23 805 38.33 0 92*
2004 Rahul Dravid India 31 1025 39.42 1 104
1997 Sourav Ganguly India 38 1338 41.81 1 113
2009 Ricky Ponting Australia 29 1198 42.78 2 126
2003 Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan 33 1168 43.25 1 106
1994 Hansie Cronje South Africa 29 1133 43.57 2 112
2012 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 31 1184 43.85 3 133
2006 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 36 1333 44.43 1 109
1988 Andrew Jones New Zealand 19 806 44.77 0 90

– There is no common batsman in the above two lists.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)