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Top 5 Players With Most Runs in Tests at Vizag Cricket Stadium

image-lrz1rb8iRohit Sharma has scored the most runs in Tests at the Vizag Cricket Stadium (Twitter)

As India prepares to face England in the crucial second Test of their five-match series, the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, commonly referred to as Vizag Stadium, stands ready to host this high-voltage encounter starting February.

The stadium’s pitch which offers a balanced contest between bat and ball, is set to be the battleground where India aims to level the series following England's impressive comeback victory in the first Test in Hyderabad.

Vizag Stadium, a venue that has seen its fair share of cricketing drama and excitement, particularly in Test matches, is renowned for its history of extraordinary batting feats. As we anticipate the upcoming IND vs ENG 2nd Test, it's fitting to revisit the remarkable achievements of the top batters who have graced this ground. Here’s a detailed look at the top 5 batters with the most Test runs at the Vizag Stadium.

1. Rohit Sharma: 303 Runs

image-lrz1sw8bRohit Sharma (Twitter)

Rohit Sharma has etched his name in the Vizag Stadium's history with a stunning display of batting performances, particularly in red-ball cricket. Known for his elegant stroke play and aggressive batting style, Rohit's record at this venue is nothing short of extraordinary. In just a single Test match that he has played here, he amassed a staggering 303 runs at an average of 151.50. This performance came against South Africa in 2019 where he scored 176 and 127 in the two innings. 

This feat not only led India to a decisive 203-run victory but also placed Rohit in an elite club of cricketers, becoming the sixth Indian and only the second opener after the iconic Sunil Gavaskar to score centuries in both innings of a Test match. His dominance at Vizag is a reflection of his overall impact in the cricketing world, where he has been celebrated for his ability to change the course of a game single-handedly.

2. Virat Kohli: 299 Runs

image-lrz1tbcuVirat Kohli (Twitter)

Another stalwart of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli has also left a lasting mark at the Vizag Stadium. His batting in Tests is highlighted by its technical perfection and aggressive intent, making him an important figure in India's batting lineup. Kohli's tally of 299 runs in two matches at an impressive average of 99.66 is proof to his consistency and skills in the longest format of the game. 

His remarkable innings of 167 here against England in 2016 was not just a display of his batting skill but also a crucial factor in India's commanding 246-run win. While he won’t be playing in the upcoming Test as he is on a break, it’s only fitting to acknowledge his performances at Vizag which have been instrumental in shaping India's dominance in home conditions. Kohli's presence in the team, highlighted by his performance at this venue, has often been the cornerstone of India's success.

3. Mayank Agarwal: 222 Runs

image-lrz1u64lMayank Agarwal (Twitter)

Mayank Agarwal, another promising player in the Indian batting lineup, has shown exceptional talent at the Vizag Stadium. In his relatively short Test career, Agarwal has made a significant impact, particularly at this venue, where he scored a monumental 222 runs in just one Test, averaging an impressive 111.00. 

His knock of 215 against South Africa, in the same match that witnessed Rohit Sharma's twin centuries, highlighted his potential as a top-order batsman and his ability to build big innings. Although he has currently fallen out of favour with the Indian team, his performance at Vizag is a clear indication of his talent and his crucial role in the Indian Test team's endeavours.

4. Cheteshwar Pujara: 207 Runs

image-lrz1umgvCheteshwar Pujara (Twitter)

Cheteshwar Pujara, often referred to as the 'New Wall' of Indian cricket, has been a bastion of reliability and technique, and his performances at the Vizag Stadium further cement this reputation. Accumulating 207 runs in two matches, including a critical century, Pujara has been instrumental in stabilizing the Indian innings on several occasions. 

His partnership with Kohli, especially during their match against England where he scored 119 in 2016, was pivotal in setting up India's commanding win. His ability to occupy the crease for long durations and wear down the opposition bowlers makes him a valuable asset in the Test format. Despite not being in the scheme of things currently, Pujara's contributions at Vizag have been immense which makes him a key figure in India's Test cricket narrative.

5. Dean Elgar: 162 Runs

image-lrz1uy07Dean Elgar (Twitter)

A South African’s name must be surprising on this list but such has been the impact of Dean Elgar. The southpaw, who was South Africa’s batting mainstay for the last decade in Tests, recently retired and he has also made his mark at the Vizag Stadium. Known for his gritty and determined approach to batting, Elgar's performance in Vizag was a display of character and skill. 

Scoring 162 runs in two innings, including a fighting 160 in the 2019 Test, Elgar showcased his ability to battle tough conditions and formidable bowling attacks. Despite South Africa's loss in that match, Elgar's innings stood out for its courage and skill, characteristics that defined his cricketing journey. His contribution at Vizag was a fitting proof of his character as a batsman who could be relied upon in challenging situations.