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The year 2021 has been a historical year for Test cricket. The current year witnessed the final of the first-ever ICC World Test Championship, in which New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets to clinch the crown.
Besides, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the previous year 2020 observed very few international cricket matches around the world. However, the situation came back to normal to a great extent in 2021, witnessing a lot of ODI, T20I, and Test matches.
In Test cricket, there are few batsmen who have shown a commendable form in 2021. With multiple spectacular knocks in Tests, these players have bagged the limelight in the longest format of the game.
In this listicle, we talk about leader boards of the highest run-getters in Tests in 2021. Here are the 5 players with the most runs in Test cricket in 2021 so far.
5 Players With Most Runs In Test Cricket In 2021
5. Dimuth Karunaratne- 624 Runs
Sri Lankan cricketer Dimuth Karunaratne takes the 5th spot in this list. The Sri Lanka cricketer has amassed 624 runs in Test cricket in 2021 in 9 innings at an average of 69.33. The 32-year-old player has also smacked 3 centuries and 3 half-centuries in Tests this year, out of which his highest knock was 244 runs.
4. Rishabh Pant- 644 Runs
Rishabh Pant grabs the 4th spot in this list with 644 runs mustered by him in Test Cricket in 2021. The left-handed batsman has been in amazing form since the start of this year. With 644 runs in 15 innings, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman holds an average of 49.53.
Pant also shattered his maiden Test century this year, during England’s tour of India in February-March. Pant has also slammed 4 half-centuries this year so far.
3. Lahiru Thirimanne- 659 Runs
Sri Lankan player Lahiru Thirimanne clinches the 3rd spot in this list with 659 runs in Test cricket in 2021. The left-handed batsman has batted at an average of 50.59 while piling 659 runs in 13 innings. He has also stormed 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries this year. His highest knock was 140, which he scored in a Test match against Bangladesh in April 2021.
2. Rohit Sharma- 690 Runs
With his 83-run knock in the recent Test encounter against England at Lord’s, Indian opener Rohit Sharma has moved to the 2nd highest run-getter in Test cricket in 2021. The right-handed batsman has mustered 690 runs in 17 innings at an average of 46.
The 34-year-old player has also hit 1 century and 3 half-centuries in the longest format of the game this year. His highest knock so far is 161 runs, which he shattered during the home series against England in February this year.
1. Joe Root- 1277
Joe Root steals the top spot in this list. The England Test skipper is the highest run-getter in Test cricket in 2021 so far. The right-handed batsman has piled up 1277 runs in 20 innings in 2021, registering a batting average of 67.21.
Root has also smashed 5 tons and 1 fifty this year, of which the highest knock was a double century of 228 runs. With more than 1000 runs on this list, Root is far ahead of other players in piling Test runs in 2021.
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