New Delhi: It has been a two-horse battle between Virat Kohli and Joe Root to claim most number of International runs including all three formats – Tests, ODIs and T20Is – in the year 2016.
With India taking on in a Test series with England, the winner of this battle will be decided in the ongoing series.
After a disappointing outing in 1st Test at Rajkot, Virat Kohli looked to be in his top form in 1st innings at Vizag, hitting a stupendous knock of 167 but knowing the mentality of Indian skipper, he would be disappointed having missed out on a double hundred.
Kohli also had the opportunity to go top of the 2016 most runs in International cricket, trailing England's Joe Root by a little over 100 runs.
* The stats are updated till the end of second day's play of 2nd Test at Vizag.
Aussies David Warner and Steve Smith follow Joe Root and Virat Kohli in the lineup, followed by Quinton de Kock, Kane Williamson, Dinesh Chandimal, Hashim Amla, Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow, who recently created the record of most runs in a calendar year by a wicket keeper.
With 3 more Test matches to be played in the series, Kohli will be hoping to usurp Root in this race and be crowned as the No.1 one batsman of the calendar year.