Five leading run-scorers in first-class cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara recently hogged the headlines for becoming the first active Indian cricketer to score 12,000 First-Class runs in India.

Domestic cricket is a stepping stone for budding cricketers aiming high in their careers. The well-structured circuit presents a stage for a pool of talented players to get selected for the national team. First-class cricket has produced players who ended their careers as the best international cricketers, while some did not have a fruitful international careers but left their mark in the domestic circuit. Recently, India’s stalwart batsman Cheteshwar Pujara completed 12,000 first-class runs in India and scripted history by becoming the first active cricketer to achieve this feat. Similarly, this article will highlight the five-leading run-scorers in First Class cricket in India.

5. Parthiv Patel

Former India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel had a short international career and failed to cement his place in the Indian side properly due to MS Dhoni’s presence in the team. Patel played 25 Test matches and scored 1706 runs, averaging 31.13. Although, his First-Class figures speak otherwise. In First-Class cricket in India, Patel, who represented Gujarat, India A, India, is the 5th leading run-scorer in India, with 9500 runs in 153 matches. The 37-year-old’s stats include 23 hundreds and 53 half-centuries. Patel also has a double hundred, and his highest score is 206.

4. Gautam Gambhir

India legend Gautam Gambhir has had an illustrious international career in red-ball cricket. The 2011 World Cup winner has played 58 Test matches for India and scored 4154 runs at an average of 41.95. In First-Class cricket, Gambhir, who represented Delhi, and the Rest of India, has 9655 runs in 126 matches in India. Gambhir, who averages 49.51, has struck 28 centuries. The 41-year-old’s highest individual score is an unbeaten 233-run knock.

3. Sachin Tendulkar

Arguably, the greatest cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar, is the 3rd leading run-scorer in First-Class cricket in India. The master blaster has 15,921 runs in Test cricket, the most by any player in the world. Interestingly, Tendulkar has scored just 7216 runs in India, and most of his international runs in Test cricket have come on foreign soil. Further, in First-Class cricket in India, Tendulkar, who represented Mumbai, the Rest of India, West Zone, has scored 9,677 runs in India in 118 matches. His highest score is an unbeaten knock of 233, the same as Gautam Gambhir. The 49-year-old has 33 hundreds and forty-one fifty-plus scores.

2. Cheteshwar Pujara 

India red-ball stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara recently hogged the headlines for becoming the first active Indian cricketer to score 12,000 First-Class runs in India. Also, he is the only active cricketer to have 10,000+ plus First Class runs in India. Pujara made his debut for India in 2010 but participated in domestic matches for Saurashtra, unlike other players who ignore domestic cricket after the international call-up. For India, Pujara has scored 7014 runs, out of which 3699 runs came in India. In First-Class cricket in India, Pujara represented Saurashtra, West Zone, Rest of India and has scored 12,011 runs in 145 matches, which includes a triple hundred and 36 centuries. Pujara averages 59.46 in First Class cricket in India, the highest by any batsman.

1. Wasim Jaffer

The 44-year-old, who retired from international cricket, aged 29, did not have a great run with India but is dubbed the Mogul of domestic cricket. Jaffer is the fifty-leading run-scorer for India in domestic cricket and is Ranji Trophy’s all-time top scorer with 19,410 runs, which included 57 centuries and 91 half-centuries. Further, for First-Class cricket in India, Jaffer has scored 14,609 runs in India, the most by any player, which includes 46 hundreds and 65 fifties.

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