The dominance of the shortest format of the game cannot perish the pure test cricket despite its unreal popularity. It is hard for us to swallow the pill that test cricket is not played in more numbers anymore like it used to be but still, it is indeed the best format of the game. Whenever the batters play the test format, they take a lot of pride in that and aim to score as many runs as possible to prove their mettle. In today’s listicle, we will put you through the batsmen with the most runs in a 3 match test series.
One of the most prolific English batters of all time, Graham Gooch owns the record for the most runs in a 3-match test series. The opportunity to accomplish this greatness came in the 1990 India tour of England. He started his series with an outstanding 333 off 485 balls in the 1st innings, followed by 123 in the 2nd innings of the Lord’s test, while 333 became his career-best later. With 1 century and 2 fifties in the rest 2 tests, Gooch accumulated 752 runs at a staggering average of 125.33. This series will always stand as the most tortured series for Indian bowlers like Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar, and Narendra Hirwani.
Probably the greatest left-hander to play the longest format of the game, Brian Lara made 688 runs in 3 matches at an astonishing average of 114.67 during the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka in 2001, the 2nd most runs in a 3-match series. The Caribbean Southpaw smacked 3 centuries and 1 fifty in the series but unfortunately, West Indies lost all three matches even Lara’s golden run with the bat. The veteran batter bestowed his best performance in the 1st innings of the 3rd test, scoring 221 in 354 balls by exploiting a quality bowling lineup consisting of Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Nuwan Zoysa.
The 3rd spot on the elite list of most runs in a 3-match test series goes to Pakistani batting stalwart, Mohammad Yusuf. Yusuf was on a roll in a test series against West Indies in 2006 in Pakistan. Having played all 3 matches, he mustered 665 runs, averaging a stunning 133.00. Being the backbone of the contemporary Pakistani middle order, he hit 4 tons in the series which is the highest by any player in a 3-match test event.
The best Indian test skipper ever, Virat Kohli is the only player from India who made it to this elite chart of most test runs in a 3-match series. From 2016 to 2019, Virat was in the purple patch. Hence he made the Sri Lankan team his victim when they traveled to India for a multi-format series. The Delhi-born ace batter amassed 610 runs in 5 innings, including 3 tons and 1 fifty. His 2 tons out of 3 were double centuries while 243 in Delhi will be cherished forever.
Chart of Most Runs in a 3 Match Test Series
|G Gooch (ENG)||3||6||752||125.33||333||2||3|
|B Lara (WI)||3||6||688||114.67||221||1||3|
|M Yusuf (PAK)||3||5||665||133.00||192||1||4|
|V Kohli (IND)||3||5||610||152.50||243||1||3|
|D Warner (AUS)||3||6||592||98.67||253||3||–|
|Z Abbas (PAK)||3||5||583||194.33||235*||1||2|
England’s Graham Gooch notched up the most runs in a 3-match test series (752).
Virat Kohli has the most runs in a 3-match test series (610 vs Sri Lanka).
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