Arunachal Pradesh batsman Rahul Dalal missed out on breaking VVS Laxman’s all-time Ranji Trophy record on Friday but still is all set to walk away with the honour of being the highest run-scorer in the 2019-20 season. As Rahul fell for 13 in Arunachal’s 2nd innings against Meghalaya in Dibrugarh, Laxman’s 1999-00 season tally of 1415 runs still remains the most ever runs scored in a single season of the Ranji Trophy.

Rahul’s tally of 1340 runs is now the 2nd-highest ever in the tournament’s history surpassing Meghalaya’s last season hero Milind Kumar (1331). However, Rahul won’t have any more chances of swelling his tally because Arunachal Pradesh haven’t been able to win a single match this season and thus are already out of the race for quarter-finals.

If Rahul finishes the current season as the top run-scorer, it will mark the 2nd such feat in 2 years by a player from a North-East team since the Lodha reforms added one team from each of the 7 regional states in the Ranji Trophy.

Here are the top-5 run-getters in a single Ranji Trophy season:

Season Player Runs
1999/00 VVS Laxman 1415
2019/20 Rahul Dalal 1340
2018/19 Milind Kumar 1331
2015/16 Shreyas Iyer 1321
2016/17 PK Panchal 1310

Notably, the 1999-00 season proved to be a breakthrough one for Laxman as he soon played the innings of his life with an incredible 281 at the Eden Gardens vs Australia – an innings which changed the face of Indian cricket for times to come.

Another player who would be hoping his exploits this season turn out to be as life-changing as the 1999/00 one was for Laxman, is Sarfaraz Khan. Though he got out for just 6 runs on Friday in effectively Maharashtra’s last game of the season, Sarfaraz has ended the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy with a total of 928 runs from just 6 matches!.

Notably, the 1999-00 season proved to be a breakthrough one for Laxman as he soon played the innings of his life with an incredible 281 at the Eden Gardens vs Australia – an innings which changed the face of Indian cricket for times to come.

Another player who would be hoping his exploits this season turn out to be as life-changing as the 1999/00 one was for Laxman, is Sarfaraz Khan. Though he got out for just 6 runs on Friday in effectively Maharashtra’s last game of the season, Sarfaraz has ended the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy with a total of 928 runs from just 6 matches!

 

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