India v Bangladesh, one-off Test, Hyderabad, 1st day February 9, 2017

Pujara breaks record for most runs in an Indian first-class season

Chandu Borde's long-standing record has been broken by the India No. 3
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1604 The previous record for most runs by a batsman in an Indian first-class season, by Chandu Borde in 1964-65. Cheteshwar Pujara broke the long-standing record on day one of the Hyderabad Test against Bangladesh. Borde had played 28 innings to get those runs, Pujara has done it 21 innings.

Most runs in an Indian season (1500 or more first-class runs)
Name Matches Inns Runs HS Ave 100 Season
  CA Pujara  13  21  1605   256*  89.16  6   2016-17
  CG Borde  21  28  1604  168  64.16  6   1964-65
  CA Pujara  13  23  1585  352  93.23  5   2012-13
  FMM Worrell  20  30  1560  127  57.77  4   1950-51
  Hanumant Singh  13  25  1556   213*  74.09  6   1966-67
  W Jaffer  14  24  1549  301  67.34  4   2008-09
  A Sandham  24  27  1540  150  61.60  6   1926-27
  GR Viswanath  17  31  1538   200*  53.03  4   1974-75
  SM Gavaskar  20  32  1518  166  50.60  4   1979-80

2 Pujara features twice in the top three on the list for most runs in an Indian season. He had made 1585 runs in 23 innings in 2012-13, a season in which his domestic team Saurashtra qualified for Ranji Trophy final.

89.16 Pujara's average this first-class season. Only twice has he averaged more in a home season - 98 in 2013-14 and 93.23 in 2012-13. He began the ongoing season with scores of 166, 31 and 256 not out in the Duleep Trophy, and has a maximum of four more Tests, against Australia, before the season ends.

5 Century stands between Murali Vijay and Pujara in this home season - the most by any Indian pair in a season and joint-second most by any pair in a season. Only Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting (seven century partnerships in 2005-06) shared more. Pujara and Vijay have converted each of their five fifty-plus stands into century partnerships.

79.61 Vijay's average in the first Tests (or only Test) of a series since the England tour of 2014. He has scored four centuries and six fifties in 13 innings of the series starters. Among all batsmen who have played five or more series, only Adam Voges (120.14) and Mohammad Hafeez (80.12) average more than Vijay in the first or only match of a series. This was Vijay's ninth century, joint third-most for an Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag.

43.24 Percentage of Kohli's runs that came in boundaries, the lowest among the four India players who hit a boundary on the first day. But he had the best strike rate, 78.72, among all of them. He also had the lowest percentage of dots among all the batsmen, 56.74.

12 Centuries for Virat Kohli at the No.4 position. Only Sachin Tendulkar has scored more hundreds from that position, 44, for India. Gundappa Viswanath also made 12 centuries at No. 4. Kohli now has centuries against all teams that he has played. He is yet to play Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

9 Centuries for Kohli as captain, now the joint second-most by any India captain. Only Sunil Gavaskar (11) has more hundreds than Kohli while Mohammad Azharuddin also has nine centuries as captain. But Kohli's average of 67.33 is far higher than any other India captain.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • Paul on February 10, 2017, 1:30 GMT

    VenkatB - Andy Sandham was there as part of the MCC touring team. The side made a long tour, playing 34 matches in all from mid-October to the end of February. Sandham scored 1977 runs in all matches and Maurice Tate took 128 wickets.

  • Ashok on February 9, 2017, 22:17 GMT

    I apologise for the typo error. WI toured Australia in 1959-60 not 1970.

  •   Hussain Kurawadwala on February 9, 2017, 21:49 GMT

    It is clear from these stats that we are playing our best batsmen. Those who want younger guys to come in will have to wait for their turn. I am very keen on India's abroad perfromance in the next cyle. I feel they are an improved team now especially in batting.

  • Sid on February 9, 2017, 20:59 GMT

    @JBKSHAH - He was not only CALLED for his strike rate but also to not convert his starts. I would not say whether its justified or not. But what it has done is, it actually has enabled Pujara to score quicker. His strike rate is better now and he does not get bogged down for a sustained period of time. Yes, we are talking about TEST here not T20, but you would not deny that the way TESTS have been played has changed a lot then how it was played may be five years or a decade ago

  • Raajac3875880 on February 9, 2017, 14:45 GMT

    @VenkatB That would have been nice to watch the Mighty Windies in Indian Domestic Circuit. Would love to see players from teams like Afghanisthan,Nepal,Ireland,Scotland,Netherlands and infact even from SouthAfrica to play in our domestic circuit, this will be a great experience for both the players and the spectators!

  • Steve on February 9, 2017, 14:09 GMT

    It's clear Kohli will break all records as a batsman and a captain.

  • B on February 9, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    Worrell visited India as a member of the Commonwealth team - some WI players were invited to play in the Ranji Trophy in the 50s, as a way of getting Indian players to handle pace bowlers. Sandham is a puzzle as there was no formal national competition at that time - perhaps he was invited by some maharaja to play in local tournaments - Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Rhodes all played in India then.

  •   Raghu Panjala on February 9, 2017, 13:57 GMT

    Season Oct-mar and April-Aug I guess. Pujara is too good at home as he likes slow pitches,ball coming late. He plays better than any other player in such conditions. On foreign soil, Rahane is better bet but Pujara is still good.

  • Sanjay on February 9, 2017, 13:11 GMT

    I'd like an inns by inns link for Pujara's record-breaking home season so I can study the games in question. I don't know where the season begins and ends quite frankly. Unlike Eng, Aus, NZ & SA with their distinct spring start and fall/autumn end along with the traditional Tests (Lords, MCG, Newlands) our own fans have no clue on our own season. Forget a Diwali Test or a traditional venue that always hosts the visitors (Lords), no two seasons are the same for us, we're even capable of touring away from home in our own season.