The battle between Joe Root and Virat Kohli to see who will finish 2016 as the leading run-scorer in international cricket across all formats has taken another twist. The Indian Test captain overtook Root and extended his lead at the top as he scored his 13th fifty of the year on day two of the third Test in Mohali, only for the Englishman to take back the lead once again.
Behind this intriguing battle is that of two Australians and it is Steve Smith who is now in third spot on this list, thanks to his century in the first ODI against New Zealand. Despite his century in the second ODI, David Warner is still at no.4 although both Australians have crossed 2,000 runs in international cricket in 2016.
Virat Kohli has had a phenomenal year so far and that is evident from his incredible numbers. 2016 is only the third time that Virat Kohli has crossed the 2,000 run mark in a calendar year in international cricket and this year is the most productive in terms of highest tally of runs he has ever made in international cricket, overtaking his mark of 2,286 runs in 2014.
24 players have scored over 1,000 runs in international cricket in 2016. Jos Buttler, Babar Azam and Kusal Mendis were the latest to join that list while Ajinkya Rahane became only the third Indian, after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, on day one of the second Test between India and England at Vizag.
But only four players, Root, Kohli, Smith and Warner, have managed to cross 2,000 runs. Three more have managed to cross the 1,500 mark but it looks as though the battle for top spot is between Root and Kohli, who have a considerable gap to the next spot.
In the list of ten players with most runs in international cricket across all formats in 2016, there is an assortment of players from various countries. Among the top eight countries, players from six make it to the list, with Pakistan and West Indies, being the only countries not on it.
Despite England playing a lot more cricket than most countries in 2016, there is just one Englishman in the top five, partly due to their policy of going horses for causes and picking specific players based on the format. Despite not being a regular in the shorter formats, Jonny Bairstow, who has already broken a world record this year, is slowly but surely making his way through the list.
Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa all have two players in the top ten while India and Sri Lanka have a solitary player each. Rising through the ranks is New Zealand opener Martin Guptill who made his way into the top ten thanks to a good show in the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee series.
Australia’s batting has been reliant on Steve Smith and David Warner to provide the majority of runs and that is evident from the numbers as the duo not only take the third and fourth spot but are one of only four Australians in the top 30.
South Africa also have two players in the top ten as Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla have ensured that the Proteas haven’t missed AB de Villiers, who has missed a major chunk of 2016 through injury, as much many thought they might.
Kane Williamson and Dinesh Chandimal also feature on this list and here are the top 10 run-getters in international cricket across all formats in 2016 thus far:
|1||Joe Root (Eng)||39||2,378||50.59||254|
|2||Virat Kohli (Ind)||35||2,345||83.75||211|
|3||Steve Smith (Aus)||42||2,048||48.76||164|
|4||David Warner (Aus)||41||2,030||44.13||173|
|5||Quinton de Kock (SA)||31||1,675||54.03||178|
|6||Kane Williamson (NZ)||34||1,617||43.70||118|
|7||Jonny Bairstow (Eng)||26||1,553||55.46||167*|
|8||Hashim Amla (SA)||29||1,480||49.33||201|
|9||Martin Guptill (NZ)||32||1,457||38.34||114|
|10||Dinesh Chandimal (SL)||36||1,451||38.18||132|
NOTE: This was updated last on 6 December 2016 after Martin Guptill‘s dismissal in the second ODI between Australia and New Zealand.
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