If you are looking for the players who scored most test runs in 2021 calendar year, then you are absolutely at the right place. During the pandemic along with IPL, test cricket kept fans inside their homes and provide some exciting matches where we witnessed some high quality knocks of some popular international players.
I hope, you did not forgot the iconic Border Gavaskar trophy series where our young Indian batter Rishabh Pant turned out as a match winner of this 5 day long format game not only this but also the series of India vs England where english team came as visitors to defeat India in its home in 2021. In all these test events there were many batters who scored pretty good amount of runs, but who tops in this chart? Let’s’ look out on players who comes in the list of Most Test Runs In 2021.
Players With Most Test Runs In 2021
1. Joe Root
I think it’s not even possible if we are talking about records of test cricket without the name of Joe Root. He has been always up to the mark when it comes to scoring runs for the team, but between 2017-2020 he was having rough patch in his career according to his standards, later from 2021 he was having his best year in his test career where he broke couple of records.
Elite member of Fab 4, Joe Root played 15 test games and made mountainous 1708 runs and owned the record of most test runs in 2021. Moreover, with his destructive form he even scored 6-hundreds and 4-fifties with the average of 61 runs per inning.
Joe Root’s Best Inning Of 2021 Test Year
Playing in subcontinent and scoring runs in every match is not that easy which Root made look like. Hence, his best inning was surely the knock of 228 runs against Sri Lanka in 2021. There’s a simple thing if any player wants to be successful in subcontinent wickets, which is being really good at playing spin and Joe Root is probably one of the best batter of spin in world cricket.
If we look at his scoring options his most of the runs came in square leg to long on area because of sweep shot which he mastered very well for rank turners. Moreover, after this double hundred he regained his momentum and never stopped till date in terms of smashing centuries.
2. Rohit Sharma
Indian test cricket team Rohit Sharma who is known for his white ball game as evolved himself as a test batter as well in the recent years. Rohit made 906 runs in 11 test matches in year 2021 with also contains 2-centuries and 4-half centuries in the account. After playing some incredible knocks he made his way in our list of most test runs in 2021.
Prior 2021, Rohit Sharma used to considered as mediocre test batter because of his lack of performance and fitness in this longest format of cricket. But then he got the opportunity to open for India in test and he grabbed it perfectly well. He not only played impactful and match winning knocks but also became the test captain of Indian cricket team.
There was a time when so called cricket experts and many Indian fans said, that Rohit Sharma’s game is not appropriate for red ball cricket which was pretty much true at the time, but then his rapid growth in red ball cricket made all the critics to change their opinion.
Best Inning Of Rohit Sharma In 2021 Test Cricket
If we look at his finest inning of 2021 in red ball cricket in terms of runs, then it would be the knock 161 runs against England in chepauk stadium of Chennai, but I think his century in Oval cricket ground that too against England was the top innings of Rohit Sharma’s test career.
I think it is not a big deal for Indian players to score a century in India or subcontinent, because of spin friendly wickets which are suitable for Indian cricketers. whereas in countries like England and Australia where swing plays major role in the game and scoring hundred on those tough conditions, that too against bowlers like Anderson and Broad is absolutely appreciable.
3. Dimuth Karunaratne
It will not wrong to say that, Karunaratne probably carried the legacy of K. Sangakkara and Dilshan to some extent in Test cricket. Sri Lanka’s red ball cricket captain, Karunaratne played only 7 test matches where he scored 902 runs and became 3rd player in terms of smashing most test runs in 2021.
I reckon there is god gifted elegance and class to all the left handed batsman in cricket, same goes with Dimuth Karunaratne where he put absolute masterclass in front of the world by thrashing 244 runs vs Bangladesh in 2021, including 3-centuries with an average of 69.38 which is the highest by any batsman in this list.
4. Rishabh Pant
The player behind the Border Gavaskar trophy and the man who revolutionized Indian cricket camp with his attacking approach in test, Rishabh Pant made 748 runs out of 12 test games and featured in 4th place in this list of most test runs in 2021.
Though, Pant has only one century which came against England in Narendra Modi stadium in 4th test. If you remember or not the reverse sweep shot when Anderson was bowling and he played like a spinner, which totally destroyed the confidence of James Anderson who has most number of wickets for England in test cricket.
Finest Test Inning of Rishabh Pant in 2021
Without any second thought, the inning he played in Gabba test in 2020-2021 BGT where he made quick 89 runs in the last day of the match and helped India to win the iconic series in Australia. He literally went after the main bowlers of Aussies Cummins and Nathan Lyon and smashed sixes effortlessly in that inning.
No doubt his fearless playstyle may not work on every occasion, but when it does it creates history be it Australia or England. The main reason behind his test success may be because he continued and backed himself with his natural game in all three formats, whereas many batters find themselves to showcase their native game.
5. Cheteshwar Pujara
The last but not the least who considered as 2nd wall of Indian cricket which majority of the bowlers found it tough to break it, yes we are talking about Pujara who rescued Indian team on many crucial occasion. Pujara played total 14 test games in which he scored 702 runs and claimed the 5th spot in our list of most test runs in 2021 with 6- half centuries.
Regardless of his weak form from past 3 years in red ball cricket, he still made his name among all these batter, All Indian fans probably know how much Pujara used to make impact on game. Whereas now, he is even finding difficult to make his place in the test squad of Indian team. But not to forget his contribution in BGT along with Pant by playing couple of impactful knocks.
Q) Who scored most test centuries in 2021?
England’s Iconic batsman, Joe Root scored most test centuries in 2021 ( 6 Hundreds).
Q) Which Indian player made most test runs in 2021?
Indian test captain, Rohit Sharma is the only player who scored most test runs in year 2021 (906 runs).