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Top 5 batsmen with the highest percentage of runs in an innings

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VVS Laxman
Laxman played several stunning knocks against the Aussies (Image Courtesy: theringsideview)

Over the years we have seen numerous match winning performances by players from different countries, in Tests and One-Day Internationals. Some are well fought, patient and intelligent innings, while others may be an outcome of berserk batting display. 

But there are some special cases where a particular batsman has dominated the whole innings and scored the lion’s share of runs while wickets toppled at the other end of the 22-yards.

Recently, during the final ODI of the series between Australia and South Africa, the former had to achieve a total of 328 runs, southpaw David Warner’s spirited innings of 173 runs was of no use as they were all-out for 296. For the record, Warner scored 58 % (approx.) of the total runs in the chase.

Let us have a look at 5 batsmen who scored the maximum percentage of runs in an innings:

#5 VVS Laxman (167 out of 261, 63.98%) vs Australia, Sydney, 2000

(Video Courtesy: robelinda2 YouTube)

VVS Laxman is best remembered for his flawless batting display at the Eden Gardens against Australia in 2001. But apart from that, he was involved in many other special innings against the mighty Australians, who were his favourite opponents.

The right-hander has scored 10 International centuries versus against Australia, and the one which he scored in the Third Test during the 1999-2000 tour to Australia was not memorable, yet it was significant. India was bundled out in the first innings for 150 runs at the esteemed Sydney Cricket Ground, and the hosts piled on more misery by scoring a massive 552 runs in reply with the help of a double century from Justin Langer.

To save a match when trailing by more than 400 runs is no easy task and the Indian’s batting display failed. Fierce bowling from Glenn McGrath ripped apart the opposition's batting line save one, who fought hard till the end, only to see his innings of 167 runs go in vain. Though the century could hardly save India from the blushes as they were all-out for 261 and was handed an innings defeat.

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