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The top 20 Test cricketers in a calendar year

January 04, 2013 10:40 IST

Test cricket witnessed some great batting in 2012. However, there were only a few who could get past the thousand runs barrier in the year. Topping the list was Australia captain Michael Clarke with 1595 runs.

England captain Alastair Cook was a close second with 1249 runs. The tour to India, the country where he had made his Test debut more than six years back, is where he made his presence felt.  He aggregated 562 runs in the four Tests (@80.29), even as England secured a series win on Indian soil after 28 years. 

South Africa's Hashim Amla, with 1064 runs was third, while England's Kevin Pietersen (1053) and Jonathan Trott (1005) were fourth and fifth on the list of 2012's lead scorers in Test cricket.

Rajneesh Gupta presents the top 20 batsmen, bowlers, wicketkeepers and fielders in a calendar year.

Top-20 batsmen in a calendar year

 

Mts

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

Year

Mohd Yousuf (Pak)

11

1788

202

99.33

9

3

2006

Viv Richards (WI)

11

1710

291

90.00

7

5

1976

Graeme Smith (SA)

15

1656

232

72.00

6

6

2008

Michael Clarke (Aus)

11

1595

329*

106.33

5

3

2012

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

14

1562

214

78.10

7

5

2010

Sunil Gavaskar (Ind)

18

1555

221

59.81

5

8

1979

Ricky Ponting (Aus)

15

1544

207

67.13

6

6

2005

Ricky Ponting (Aus)

11

1503

257

100.20

6

4

2003

Michael Vaughan (Eng)

14

1481

197

61.70

6

2

2002

Justin Langer (Aus)

14

1481

215

54.85

5

4

2004

Virender Sehwag (Ind)

14

1462

319

56.23

3

6

2008

Virender Sehwag (Ind)

14

1422

173

61.82

5

8

2010

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

16

1392

193

55.68

4

5

2002

Matthew Hayden (Aus)

14

1391

203

63.22

5

5

2001

Gundappa Viswanath (Ind)

17

1388

179

57.83

5

6

1979

Bob Simpson (Aus)

14

1381

311

60.04

3

7

1964

Matthew Hayden (Aus)

15

1380

138

53.07

5

4

2005

Dennis Amiss (Eng)

13

1379

262*

68.95

5

3

1974

Rahul Dravid (Ind)

16

1357

217

59.00

5

5

2002

Damien Martyn (Aus)

14

1353

161

56.37

6

5

2004

Top-20 bowlers in a calendar year

 

Mts

Wkts

Best

Avg

5WI

10WM

Year

Shane Warne (Aus)

15

96

6-46

22.02

6

2

2005

Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)

11

90

8-70

16.90

9

5

2006

Dennis Lillee (Aus)

13

85

7-83

20.95

5

2

1981

Allan Donald (SA)

14

80

6-88

19.63

7

0

1998

Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)

12

80

8-87

21.23

7

4

2001

Joel Garner (WI)

15

77

6-60

20.81

4

0

1984

Kapil Dev (Ind)

18

75

9-83

23.18

5

1

1983

Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)

10

75

7-84

19.50

7

3

2000

Kapil Dev (Ind)

17

74

6-63

22.95

5

0

1979

Anil Kumble (Ind)

12

74

8-141

24.83

6

2

2004

Dale Steyn (SA)

13

74

6-72

20.01

5

1

2008

Malcolm Marshall (WI)

13

73

7-53

20.15

9

1

1984

Shane Warne (Aus)

16

72

6-31

23.56

2

0

1993

Graham McKenzie (Aus)

14

71

7-153

24.46

4

1

1964

Shane Warne (Aus)

10

70

8-71

18.20

6

2

1994

Shane Warne (Aus)

12

70

6-125

24.07

5

2

2004

Shaun Pollock (SA)

14

69

7-87

20.44

6

0

1998

Shane Warne (Aus)

15

68

6-48

24.42

2

0

1997

Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)

8

68

9-65

18.47

7

2

1998

Glenn McGrath (Aus)

14

68

7-76

21.66

4

0

2001

Andrew Flintoff (Eng)

14

68

5-78

24.41

1

0

2005

Top-20 wicketkeepers in a calendar year

 

Mts

Dis

Ct

St

Dis/M

Year

Ian Healy (Aus)

16

67

58

9

4.19

1993

Mark Boucher (SA)

13

67

65

2

5.15

1998

Adam Gilchrist (Aus)

14

66

58

8

4.71

2004

Ian Healy (Aus)

15

59

55

4

3.93

1997

Mark Boucher (SA)

15

58

56

2

3.87

2008

Ridley Jacobs (WI)

14

57

55

2

4.07

2000

Adam Gilchrist (Aus)

14

57

52

5

4.07

2001

Matt Prior (Eng)

14

56

54

2

4.00

2010

Jeff Dujon (WI)

15

55

54

1

3.67

1984

Adam Gilchrist (Aus)

15

55

50

5

3.67

2005

Rod Marsh (Aus)

13

53

52

1

4.08

1981

Brendon McCullum (NZ)

13

52

49

3

4.00

2008

Geraint Jones (Eng)

13

51

50

1

3.92

2005

Adam Gilchrist (Aus)

12

50

43

7

4.17

2003

MS Dhoni (Ind)

12

50

47

3

4.17

2011

Geraint Jones (Eng)

11

48

46

2

4.36

2006

Brad Haddin (Aus)

12

48

46

2

4.00

2009

MS Dhoni (Ind)

13

48

41

7

3.69

2010

Bob Taylor (Eng)

14

47

45

2

3.36

1978

Adam Gilchrist (Aus)

11

47

44

3

4.27

2002

Mark Boucher (SA)

13

45

44

1

3.46

2001

Top-20 fielders in a calendar year

 

Mts

Ct

Ct/M

Year

Graeme Smith (SA)

15

30

2.00

2008

Stephen Fleming (NZ)

10

28

2.80

1997

Mark Taylor (Aus)

15

27

1.80

1997

Jack Gregory (Aus)

11

26

2.36

1921

Bob Simpson (Aus)

14

26

1.86

1964

Mark Waugh (Aus)

14

26

1.86

1999

Rahul Dravid (Ind)

16

26

1.63

2002

Rahul Dravid (Ind)

12

26

2.17

2004

Mark Taylor (Aus)

15

25

1.67

1993

Ricky Ponting (Aus)

14

25

1.79

2001

Mark Taylor (Aus)

12

24

2.00

1995

Mark Waugh (Aus)

14

24

1.71

2001

Jacques Kallis (SA)

15

24

1.60

2008

Tony Greig (Eng)

14

23

1.64

1974

Matthew Hayden (Aus)

12

23

1.92

2003

Mahela Jayawardene (SL)

11

23

2.09

2004

Graeme Smith (SA)

12

23

1.92

2005

Graeme Smith (SA)

10

23

2.30

2012

Sherwin Campbell (WI)

14

22

1.57

2000

Matthew Hayden (Aus)

15

22

1.47

2005

Paul Collingwood (Eng)

12

22

1.83

2010