The Border-Gavaskar Trophy has always been a highly-awaited fixture of the cricketing calendar. And as we count down to the upcoming edition of the prestigious tournament, let’s take a look at some of the top performers.
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The four-match Test series will get underway on February 9th at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. With a spot for the World Test Championship final heating up, it will be an eagerly-awaited contest.
We’ve seen a lot of record-breaking performances over the years. Ahead of the upcoming edition let’s take a look at the top five innings on the run-scoring list. The top five highest-scores of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy features two Indians and two Australian batters.
The former Australian skipper has scored the highest runs in an innings in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The highest-score was scored by Clarke in Sydney. Hosting India, Clarke had hammered an unbeaten 329 off 468 deliveries. Clarke’s knock, which came on 3rd Jan 2012, thirteen years back, is still the highest score by a player in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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The Australian batter’s triple hundred was studded by 39 boundaries and a six. Thirteen years down the line, Clarke still sits comfortably on top of the list.
The second highest score by a player in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is 281. Laxman sits second on the list, having scored a 452-ball 281 against Australia. Laxman played his stellar knock on 11th March 2001 at the iconic Eden Gardens.
Hot on Laxman’s heels is the legendary Ricky Ponting. He has scored the third and fourth highest score in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to date. Ponting scored both his double-centuries during the 2003 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The former Australian skipper was enjoying a stellar run. First Ponting hammered a 352-ball 242 against India at the Adelaide. And then he bettered his show, hammering a 458-ball 257 at the iconic Melbourne in the 2003 Boxing Day Test.
The legendary Tendulkar sits fifth on the list. The former Indian cricketer, who has an unaccountable number of records to his name, has to date scored the fifth highest score in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 241 off 436 deliveries. Tendulkar’s double hundred against the hosts came in 2004 in Sydney.