Scoring runs in the fourth innings of a Test match can be one of the most challenging situations. It is due to the fact that by the fourth innings, the pitch may have deteriorated owing to wear and tear. As a result, it makes it much tougher for batting.
The batters will have to be extra careful in terms of their shot selection because the surface may have an uneven bounce or variable turn as well. Despite such tough challenges, the batters pitched in with masterful and complete performances.
We have seen even talented batters get dismissed for cheap scores in the fourth innings of a Test match. However, the ones who showcase resilience, patience, and adaptability to the conditions of the pitch went on to bag plenty of runs in the fourth Test innings.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batter of all time. He is the leading run-scorer in both Test and ODI cricket, a stellar record that remains intact. The Master Blaster comes first on the list in terms of scoring the most runs by an Indian in the fourth Test innings. He aggregated 1625 runs at an average of 36.93.
2. Rahul Dravid
Popularly known as “The Wall of Indian Cricket”, Rahul Dravid has thrived in Test cricket during the playing days of his career. The Indian batting maestro has the second-most runs by an Indian in the fourth Test innings as he scored 1552 runs at an average of 40.84.
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3. Sunil Gavaskar
India’s batting great Sunil Gavaskar has also thrived in pressure-filled situations and scored crucial runs for the team in the fourth Test innings. Overall, he amassed 1398 runs at a highest batting average of 58.25.
4. VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman was one of those Indian batters who helped the team break the shackles and churn out winning results for the team in the fourth Test innings. He is famously called the ‘God of 4th Innings’ for his batting exploits. Laxman scored 1095 runs at an average of 40.55.
5. Virat Kohli
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the fifth Indian cricketer to go past the 1000-run tally during the ICC WTC 2023 Final against Australia. Overall, he amassed 1038 runs at an average of 47.18*.
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Updated as of June 12, 2023*