Most runs in a year by a batsman in test match cricket.

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Mohammad Yousuf holds record most test runs in a year. It took 11 matches and 19 innings to Sir Vivian Richards of West Indies to make 1710 runs on one calender year. way back in 1976..

30 years later, Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan, saying that he found his best form since changing his religion from Christianity to Islam, broke Richards's record with a mind blowing 1788 runs from same number of matches and equal innings. Yousuf made as many as 9 century in year 2006 which also the maximum by any batsman in one year (he was also out for a duck once).

Ricky Ponting of Australia has scored over 1500 runs in a year twice while Sachin Tendulkar's best test year has been 2002 in which he made 1392 runs from 16 tests.

In following list, we've mentioned batsmen who've made more than 1300 runs in a single year in test matches.

Update : Sachin Tendulkar made 1562 runs in year 2010 which is his best effort ever but Virender Sehwag did well too, going past 1400 runs himself which played great part in Indians claiming top test ranking..

In 2014 : Kumar Sangakkara has showed invincible form, closing in on 1.5k runs this year but sadly, Sri Lankans don't have anymore tests schedule this year anymore, otherwise this run machine might have broken all time record..

Most runs in a calender year by a batsman in test match cricket.
Batsman (country) Runs Year Tests Best Ave. 100s 50s 0s
Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan) 1788 2006 11 202 99.33 9 3 1
Vivian Richards (West Indies) 1710 1976 11 291 90.00 7 5 0
Graeme Smith (South Africa) 1656 2008 15 232 72.00 6 6 1
Michael Clarke (Australia) 1595 2012 11 329* 106.33 5 3 0
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 1562 2010 14 214 78.10 7 5 0
Sunil Gavaskar (India) 1555 1978 18 221 59.80 5 8 0
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 1544 2005 15 207 67.13 6 6 1
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 1503 2003 11 257 100.20 6 4 1
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 1486 2014 11 319 78.21 4 9 1
Michael Vaughan (England) 1481 2002 14 197 61.70 6 2 3
Justin Langer (Australia) 1481 2004 14 215 54.85 5 4 2
Virender Sehwag (India) 1462 2008 14 319 56.23 3 6 1
Virender Sehwag (India) 1422 2010 14 173 61.82 5 8 2
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 1392 2002 16 193 55.68 4 8 0
Mathew Hayden (Australia) 1391 2001 14 203 63.22 5 5 2
Gundappa Viswanath (India) 1388 1979 17 179 57.83 5 6 0
Bobby Simpson (Australia) 1381 1964 14 311 60.04 3 7 2
Mathew Hayden (Austrlaia) 1380 2005 15 138 53.07 5 4 2
Dennis Amiss (England) 1379 1974 13 262* 68.95 5 3 0
Rahul Dravid (India) 1357 2002 16 217 59.00 5 5 0
Demien Martyn (Australia) 1353 2004 14 161 56.37 6 5 1
Brian Lara (West Indies) 1344 2003 10 209 74.66 5 5 0
Kevin Pietersen (England) 1343 2006 14 158 53.72 4 6 1
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 1333 2006 10 196 88.86 7 4 0
Jonathan Trott (England) 1325 2010 14 226 66.25 4 4 0
Marcus Trescothick (England) 1323 2005 13 194 55.12 4 4 3
Mathew Hayden (Australia) 1312 2003 12 380 77.17 5 3 0
Sunil Gavaskar (India) 1310 1983 18 236* 46.78 5 5 3
Gary Sobers (West Indies) 1299 1958 8 365* 144.33 6 3 0
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 1288 2004 11 162 80.50 5 7 2
Alastair Cook (England) 1287 2010 14 235* 58.50 5 4 0
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 1271 1997 11 340 66.89 3 7 2
Graham Gooch (England) 1264 1990 9 333 79.00 4 5 1
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 1249 2010 11 253* 78.06 5 4 0