Vijay Hazare Trophy is a limited-overs cricket domestic tournament played between the state teams from the Ranji Trophy plates of India. It started in 2002 and is continuing to be a great and budding platform for domestic cricketers. In the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22, we saw batters like Ruturaj Gaikwad playing phenomenally and paving their way into the Indian National team. There have been so many cricketers in the past who played an influential role for their team and became the top scorers in Vijay Hazare Trophy. Let’s take a look at the top scorers in Vijay Hazare Trophy in the last 11 seasons.
1. Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha was the highest scorer in the season 2011-12. He played for the Bengal team where he scored 395 runs in the 7 matches with an average of 98.75 and strike rate of 93.16. Also, he hit 6 half-centuries to score the total runs. Interestingly, Bengal won the Vijay Hazare Trophy that season as well and needless to say, Wriddhiman’s contribution was extremely important for the team.
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2. Robin Uthappa
In the 2012-13 season, Robin Uthappa became the highest scorer of the season. He played 7 matches for Karnataka and aggregated 445 runs with an average of 63.57 and a strike rate of 110.42. He also hit 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries to score the total runs.
3. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa once again had an extraordinary season next year as well. In the 2013-14 season, Robin played 8 matches for Karnataka and scored a total of 536 runs. With an average of 76.57 and a strike rate of 89.33, Robin also hit 3 centuries and 1 half-century. Also, Karnataka beat Railways in the finals and won their first title.
4. Manish Pandey
Another year, another star from Karnataka. Manish Pandey from Karnataka was the 2014-15 season’s top scorer. He played 7 matches for the team and aggregated 472 runs with an average of 118.00 and a strike rate of 109.76 and contributed his best behind Karnataka’s victory. His total runs also include 1 century and 4 half-centuries.
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5. Mandeep Singh
The highest scorer of the 2015-16 season was Mandeep Singh. Playing for Punjab, he scored 394 runs in 7 matches. With an average of 65.66 and a strike rate of 88.73, he hit 2 centuries and 1 half-century to aggregate the total score.
6. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik became the top scorer of the 2016-17 season. While playing for his state team Tamil Nadu, he scored 607 runs. With an average of 86.71 and a strike rate of 102.01, he hit 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries to aggregate the total runs. Also, Tamil Nadu won the title that season and his contribution played a pivotal role in the win.
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7. Mayank Agarwal
In the 2017-18 season, Mayank Agarwal of Karnataka became the top scorer of the season. He played 8 matches for the team and scored 723 runs with an average of 90.37 and a strike rate of 107.91. His total runs also include 3 centuries and 4 half-centuries. Mayank played a huge role in Karnataka’s victory that season.
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8. Abhinav Mukund
Abhinav Mukund became the highest scorer of the 2018-19 season as he scored 560 runs for Tamil Nadu. His highest score of the season was 131* runs and he also completed the season with an average of 70.00 and a strike rate of 90.03. Lastly, he also smashed 1 century and 4 half-centuries to aggregate his total runs.
9. Devdutt Padikkal
Next up on this list is Devdutt Padikkal with 609 runs in 11 matches played for Karnataka. The young cricketer also smashed 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries with the highest score being 103* and an average of 67.66 and a strike rate of 81.09. Without a doubt, his contribution towards the team helped Karnataka to clinch the trophy.
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10. Prithvi Shaw
The last but not the least cricketer on today’s list is Prithvi Shaw playing for Mumbai. The young cricketer aggregated 827 runs in the 2020-21 season in just 8 matches. Prithvi’s highest score of the season was 227* and also he smashed 4 centuries and 1 half-century. The defending champion of the tournament is Mumbai and definitely, Prithvi Shaw was the biggest star of the team.
11. Ruturaj Gaikwad
Maharashtra skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad is the top run-scorer of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22. Gaikwad aggregated 603 runs in 5 matches of the tournament with an average of 150.75 and a strike rate of 112.92. His total score also includes 4 thrashing centuries this season. His performance was astounding and it will definitely increase the chances of his selection in the Indian cricket team.