It is widely acknowledged that the Ranji Trophy is the most prestigious cricket competition played on Indian soil. A big number of aspiring young cricket players from India compete in it each year in the hopes that they would one day be selected to represent their nation in an international competition.
According to latest domestic cricket news, this competition, along with the Irani Cup and the Duleep Trophy, is a part of the first-class scene in India and provides an opportunity for up-and-coming Indian players to showcase their abilities. If you play cricket in India and are considered to be of first-class caliber, you have a chance of being asked to compete for the Indian national team.
- These are the ten Indians who have scored the most runs in all first-class competitions throughout their careers –
The only active player who was not selected for the team was Cheteshwar Pujara, who is currently regarded as the third-best batsman for the Indian Test team. Despite this ranking, Pujara did not make the team.
Now that post have that out of the way, let’s have a look at the top ten Indians in terms of the most runs scored in the history of first-class cricket.
- Mohammad Azharuddin –
On the list of players who have scored the most runs in the history of Indian first-class cricket, Mohammad Azharuddin is now ranked tenth. Azharuddin served as the captain of both Hyderabad and India at various points in his career.
The talented batter amassed a total of 15855 runs, with an average of 51, because he hit 54 hundred and 74 half-centuries. His batting average was 51 when he was at the plate. Azharuddin participated in a total of 99 tests and scored a total of 6215 runs during his career, including 22 hundred. In addition to being the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Azharuddin is the domestic team’s second-highest run-scorer all-time, trailing only VVS Laxman in that category. Additionally, he is the Indian player with the most runs scored in their career.
The famed handers and placements serve as a benchmark for the game’s play. Admirers of his off-side game, which he became more skilled at as his career progressed. His fast hands and the incredible things he could do with a willow earned him admirers from all over the country. People recognized him as a man who could perform marvels with willow because of his extraordinary abilities.
- Polly Umrigar –
Umrigar scored a total of 16155 runs in first-class cricket, giving him an average of 52.28 runs per bat. There were 49 hundred and 80 half-hundreds in all. In England, his best score was 252 not out, which he got against Cambridge University. He was there on a tour.
- Dilip Vengsarkar –
Dilip Vengsarkar is currently eighth on India’s list of all-time top first-class cricket run scorers. Many people think he is one of the most important people who support the drive. The right-hander made his debut in 1975 and went on to score a career-high 17868 runs in 260 first-class matches at a 52.22 batting average, including 55 hundreds and 87 half-centuries.
Vengsarkar amassed 6,868 runs at an average of 42.13 in 116 games played in the Test cricket format, including 17 hundreds and 35 half-centuries. Vengsarkar anchored Bombay’s middle order in domestic contests.
- Gundappa Rangnath Vishwanath –
The talented batsman who played for Mysore, which was later renamed Karnataka, was known for his square cuts, which were short, sharp strokes. Viswanath scored 6,080 runs in 91 Tests, which is an average of 41.93 runs per game. In the Test match that took place in Port of Spain in 1976, he hit one of India’s two centuries, which helped them reach their goal six wickets early.
- Vijaya Hazare –
The trophy given to the winner of India’s most prestigious one-day domestic competition is named after one of the sport’s most graceful players, Vijay Hazare. The batsman amassed 18,740 first-class runs while playing for Baroda and Maharashtra and appeared in 30 Tests. Hazare is now the sixth highest run scorer in India’s first-class cricket history.
- Wasim Jaffer –
Wasim Jaffer has moved up to seventh place on India’s all-time list of the most runs scored in first-class cricket.
The experienced player from Mumbai has scored the most runs in the history of the Ranji Trophy so far. During his career, he scored a total of 21,010 runs at an average of 50.67. This included 57 centuries and 91 half-centuries in first-class play. His average for his whole life was 50.67.
- Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman –
A batsman from Hyderabad named Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman, who was known for his style and grace on the field, had a soft spot for Australia. If you look at the list of the people who have scored the most runs in India’s first-class cricket, he is number four.
Laxman was an important part of the Hyderabad, South Zone, and India teams. During his career, he scored a total of 19730 runs for all of these teams. This amount included 55 centuries on top of the 98 centuries. During the 1999–2000 season, the right-hander set a new record for the Ranji Trophy with a score of 1415. Before that, his best score in a first-class competition was 333.
- Rahul Dravid –
In the history of test cricket, Rahul Dravid is one of only two batters to have scored more than 10,000 runs. He is now third on the list of Indian players with the most first-class runs.
Starting in 1990, the Karnataka batsman had a successful 22-year career, scoring 23794 runs in first-class cricket with the help of 68 hundreds and 117 half-centuries.
- Sachin Tendulkar –
A respected commentator named Harsha Bhogle once said that Sachin Tendulkar was “not just a cricketer, but an emotion.” Tendulkar was the best batsman of his time in every way.
The young batsman from Mumbai is currently in second place in India for the most first-class runs of all time. During his career, which lasted almost a quarter of a century, Tendulkar got a total of 25396 runs. This included 81 centuries and 116 half-centuries. He played in 310 first-class games and had a batting average of 57.84. All of these runs, which add up to 15921, were scored in Test matches.
- Sunil Gavaskar –
Sunil Gavaskar is the only other Indian player with more runs in first-class cricket. He is also the first player in the history of Test cricket to score 10,000 runs and hit 30 hundred.
In first-class cricket, the first Little Master got a total of 25834 runs, with an average of 51.46. He had 81 hundred and 105 half-centuries. Gavaskar has played in 102 Tests and has scored a total of 10122 runs, with 34 hundred and 45 scores of 50 or more.