The year 2017 saw 43 Tests matches in all being played, and only six out of them finding no result. Most of the matches have had the high scores being hit majorly because of the influence of T20 cricket and the pitches favouring the batsmen.
The year also saw various batting records getting broken, as the bat dominated the ball throughout the year. Not just the records; 2017 also saw the emergence of Bangladesh as an improved Test team, as they managed to defeat teams like Sri Lanka and Australia at home in Tests which has increased the popularity of Tests in such growing countries.
The year also saw teams like Ireland and Afghanistan getting Test status, and both the teams are set to play their first Test next year. Ireland is scheduled to play against Pakistan while Afghanistan will play their first against India in India.
Talking about India, Team India had played 11 Tests in 2017 out of which they had managed to win seven, losing one against Australia and drawn three.
However, all these Tests have been in the sub-continent; eight have been played at home and three in Sri Lanka. Team India has been on a rampage in the Test format.
Now, let’s have a look at the teams who had scored most number of runs in an innings in Tests this year. Unsurprisingly, India holds the record for hitting the top five highest team totals in Tests in 2017.
603/9 d against Australia (Ranchi)
Next comes India’s score of 603/9 declared against the mighty Aussies in the third Test match in Ranchi.
Both the teams entered the match with the series level at 1-1. Australia batted first and scored 451, courtesy centuries by Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell.
India scored 603/9 in the first innings. Pujara scored his second double ton (202) to guide India to a mammoth total. Another centurion in the side was the wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha who scored 117.
Indian openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay scored 67 and 82, respectively. The match ended in a draw.