Record, that is.
This last calendar year Ricky Ponting made lots of runs, just over 1500 in 11 tests. To employ litotes - pretty good, not bad. He's second on the All-Time list.
First however, is a loose park tonker - cough - named Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards. The Master Blaster scored 1710 - also from 11 tests - in 1976. Do the math(s) and that's a full 200 more than Punter.
I know comparisons are odious, but let's face the facts - Viv wasn't playin' against no minnows. Sorry, "emerging nations".
The Bangers, Zims, pie propelling Windies and a second rate Indian attack hardly stack up against Lillee, Thommo, Walker, Gilmour, Bedi, Chandrasekhar, Venkataraghavan, Snow, Hendrick, Old and Underwood.
It's all the more amazing when you consider the Windies were flogged by Australia in 1975/76. Never the less, in the three 1976 tests Viv managed a consistent - but hardly number shattering - 44 & 2 in Sydney, 30 & 101 in Adelaide and 50 & 98 in Melbourne.
For the record Viv then played four home tests against India. He made 142 in Barbados. 130 & 20 at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain. 177 & 23 again at Queen's Park in the "infamous" test where Clive Lloyd vowed never again to declare and leave a gettable target. India chased down 405. In the fourth he got 64 at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. Mon.
As an aside, get a load of India's second innings.....
Gavaskar c Julien b Holding 2
Vengsarkar lbw b Jumadeen 21
Amarnath st Murray b Jumadeen 60
Madan Lal b Holding 8
Venkataraghavan b Holding 0
Kirmani not out 0
Gaekwad absent hurt
Viswanath absent hurt
Patel absent hurt
Bedi absent hurt
Chandrasekhar absent hurt
Yow. Zah. That's a whole lotta hurt.
Then it was off to England and a series against the Artful Bath Dodgers. 232 & 68 at Trent Bridge. He missed the Lords Test. 4 & 135 at Old Trafford. 66 & 38 at Headingley. 291 at the Oval.
All in all, a pretty respectable year, Viv.