Top 10: Highest Scores by Indian Left-Hand Batters in Test Cricket

Left-hand batters are always known for their gift of timing in their stroke-making. The pundits across the cricketing world call them the most eye-catching batters to play the game due to the aesthetics they bring to the batting.

The game has seen several left-hand batters who have made this gentleman’s game more beautiful with their authoritative yet delightful stroke-making. Here, in this article, we will glance over the left-hand batters from India who have been highly successful when it came to the Test format.

When we mention Indian cricket, our discussions revolve around Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and other right-hand batters, but we rarely get to talk about the left-handers who have had an impact on the batting front.

Here are the top 10 highest scores smashed by Indian left-hand batters in Test cricket.

Highest Scores by Indian Left-Hand Batters in Test

PlayerScore (Balls)4s/6sAgainstVenueStart Date
Sourav Ganguly239 (361)30/2PakistanBengaluru8 Dec 2007
Vinod Kambli227 (301)28/0ZimbabweDelhi13 Mar 1993
Vinod Kambli224 (411)23/0England Wankhede19 Feb 1993
Yashasvi Jaiswal214* (236)14/12EnglandRajkot15 Feb 2024
Yashasvi Jaiswal209 (290)19/7England Visakhapatnam2 Feb 2024
Gautam Gambhir206 (380)26/1AustraliaDelhi29 Oct 2008
Shikhar Dhawan190 (168)31/0Sri LankaGalle26 Jul 2017
Shikhar Dhawan187 (174)33/2AustraliaMohali14 Mar 2013
Gautam Gambhir179 (348)25/1EnglandMohali19 Dec 2008
Ravindra Jadeja175* (228)17/3Sri LankaMohali4 Mar 2022

Key Stats:

16: There have been over 60 instances of Indian left-handers scoring 100 or more in a Test innings, and the former skipper Sourav Ganguly contributed to 16 of those occasions, the most by any Indian cricketer. Gambhir comes in second with 9 Test tons, and Dhawan has scored 7.

239: This is the highest individual score struck by an Indian left-hand bat, and this belongs to Sourav Ganguly, who features twice on this top 10 list.

330: He backed that 239 in Bengaluru against Pakistan with 91 in the 2nd innings of the same Test match, and his run tally of 330 in a game is the third highest among Indians (after Sunil Gavaskar’s 344 and VVS Laxman’s 340).

5: This is the number of double tons scored by left-hand batters from India in Tests. 4 different batsmen have achieved this, and Vinod Kambli (227 and 224) is the only one to have done it twice. Yashasvi Jaiswal is the latest entrant to the list, having scored a splendid 209 at Vizag against England, surpassing his previous best of 171 last year.

21y 32d: When Kambli scored 224 against England in 1993, he was 21 years and 32 days old, making him the youngest Indian batter to smash a double century in the red-ball format.

16: The number of times an Indian left-hander has scored 150 or more in a Test innings, with Gautam Gambhir going past the mark 4 times.

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