Cheteshwar Pujara has been scoring heaps and heaps of runs since India’s Test season started after the World T20 in 2016 and that has now helped him to break the record for the most number of Test runs in a season by an Indian batsman surpassing Gautam Gambhir’s previous best of 1269 runs in 2008/09 season. Virat Kohli missed out on the opportunity to break Gambhir’s record as he had to sit out of the final Test match against Australia with a shoulder injury. Moreover, Kohli’s run of form in this series has been dismal as he scored only 46 runs to take his tally to 1252 runs in this season.
The table above clearly suggests that Gambhir had a far superior average of 84.60 as compared to that of Pujara and Kohli who have averages of 65.80 and 65.89 in this season respectively. Moreover, they have played far more number of matches as well. Gambhir had one more century to his name also as compared to that of Kohli and Pujara. However, the common thing between them is the fact that all three batsmen have scored at least one double century in those season with Kohli having the highest score of 235.
Pujara now stands second in the list of all-time batsmen with most number of runs in a Test season with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting having hold of the Numero Uno position as of now with 1483 runs to his name. Mathew Hayden is in the third position and Gambhir at fourth.
Pujara is now very close to Ponting’s record as well with an innings in this Test match left. He departed immediately after tea for a well-compiled 57(151) taking his tally to 1316 runs with India on a score of 157/3 trailing Australia by 143 runs.