Most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season

VVS Laxman, the stylish Hyderabadi batsman, set the bar high with his phenomenal performance in the 1999-2000 season.

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Most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season

With 1415 runs in the 1999-2000 season, VVS Laxman set an unbreakable record for most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season. Image | TOI

The Ranji Trophy, India's premier domestic cricket competition, has been the breeding ground for numerous cricketing talents over the years. Every season, the tournament witnesses intense battles between state teams vying for supremacy. Among the many statistical milestones in the tournament, one of the most coveted records is for the most runs in Ranji Trophy scored by a player in a single season. This record not only highlights individual brilliance but also reflects the consistency and perseverance required to excel in the grueling domestic circuit.

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Let's delve into the top 5 batsmen who have etched their names in Ranji Trophy history with their remarkable run-scoring feats.

Most runs in Ranji Trophy (Single Season)

1. VVS Laxman (1999-00)|1415 Runs

With 1415 runs in the 1999-2000 season, VVS Laxman set an unbreakable record for most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season.  Image | TOI
With 1415 runs in the 1999-2000 season, VVS Laxman set an unbreakable record for most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season. Image | TOI

The elegant Hyderabadi batsman, VVS Laxman, produced a masterclass in the 1999-2000 Ranji Trophy season. Representing Hyderabad, Laxman amassed a staggering 1415 runs in that edition at an average of 108.84. His prolific run-scoring spree included 8 centuries, showcasing his sublime touch and impeccable technique.

Laxman scored a gritty 111 in the finals against Mumbai, but that wasn't enough for his side to lift the silverware. His best performance came against Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium when he scored a marathon triple century, 353 studded with 52 boundaries and 2 sixes. Laxman's performances not only propelled Hyderabad to greater heights but also cemented his name to the top of the list of most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season.

2. Shreyas Iyer (2015-16) | 1321 Runs

Shreyas Iyer has the second most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season.
Shreyas Iyer has the second most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season.

Mumbai's premier batsman, Shreyas Iyer has second most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season, just behind VVS Laxman. With 1321 runs, the talismanic batsman also went past Wasim Jaffer's tally of 1260 runs to become the highest run-scorer of Mumbai in one particular season. Iyer has scored four tons and seven half-centuries in 2015-16 season, with a highest score of 200. He went past fifty on 11 occasions.

3. Vijay Bharadwaj (1998-99) | 1280 Runs

Vijay Bharadwaj left an indelible mark with his batting exploits in the 1998-99 Ranji Trophy.
Vijay Bharadwaj left an indelible mark with his batting exploits in the 1998-99 Ranji Trophy.

Vijay Bharadwaj, the versatile Karnataka all-rounder has third most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season. He left an indelible mark with his batting exploits in the 1998-99 Ranji Trophy season. Bharadwaj amassed 1280 runs in 10 matches at an average of 106.66. His remarkable consistency, coupled with four centuries and seven half-centuries, played a pivotal role in Karnataka's triumph in the tournament. His highest score was 200, which came in a match against Kerala. Bharadwaj's ability to anchor the innings and accelerate when needed made him a potent force in domestic cricket.

Bharadwaj was phenomenal with the ball too, as he picked up 21 wickets and helped Karnataka ease past Madhya Pradesh in the finals of the tournament. Owing to the performances in the tournament, he received a national call.

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4. Wasim Jaffer (2008-09)|1260 Runs

Playing for Mumbai, Wasim Jaffer amassed 1260 runs.
Playing for Mumbai, Wasim Jaffer amassed 1260 runs.

Wasim Jaffer, the seasoned campaigner from Mumbai, etched his name in the list of most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single season with his exceptional batting display in the 2008-09 season. Playing for Mumbai, Jaffer amassed 1260 runs in that edition at an average of 84.00. His innings were embellished with four centuries and five half-centuries, highlighting his ability to dominate opposition attacks with poise and elegance. Jaffer's majestic triple ton, 301, that he scored against Saurashtra in Chennai, played a pivotal role in Mumbai's success.

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5. Kedar Jadhav (2013-14)|1223 Runs

Kedar Jadhav stamped his authority in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season.
Kedar Jadhav stamped his authority in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season.

Kedar Jadhav, the Maharashtra stalwart known for his prolific run-scoring, stamped his authority in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season. He has fifth most runs in Ranji Trophy in a single edition. Jadhav amassed 1223 runs in that edition at an average of 87.35. His batting prowess was evident as he notched up six centuries, guiding Maharashtra to the finals of the tournament. Jadhav also was the leading run-scorer of the 2013-14 season. He smashed a ton in the final against Karnataka too, but in vain.

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