Most runs in ICC T20 World Cup
T20 or T20I matches are undoubtedly the most entertaining format of the sport. T20I matches are definitely one of the reasons for the humongous fan base of cricket globally. The popularity and demand of T20 matches are definitely plentiful. The ICC T20 World Cup has proven to be fairly extravagant and triumphant. The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup starts on 17th October hosted in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. SportzPoint.com here gives a look at the batsmen with the most runs in ICC T20 World Cup
Mahela Jayawardene tops the list of most runs in the ICC T20 World Cup with 1016 runs. The former Sri Lankan cricketer was exceptional in both the limited and unlimited format of the sport. But he was something different in the shortest format. He was phenomenally great in the T20s and often proved the critics wrong with his elegance and accuracy. During his era, he was considered one of the best T20I batsmen. Needless to say on his caliber in T20Is as he still tops the list even after 7 years of his retirement. He played in 5 T20 World Cups where he scored 1016 runs in 31 matches with an average of 39.07. His total runs also include 6 half-centuries and 1 century at a strike rate of 134.74.
A list of batting records in T20 is incomplete without the Jamaican dynamo Chris Gayle. He is one of the greatest legends in the shortest format and has transfigured the batting of T20Is. Be it, T20I matches or the T20I world cup, he executed stupendous performances and smashed the balls outside the boundaries. The power hitter was and is still a nightmare for the opposition bowlers. He has also captained the West Indies team twice in the 2009 and 2010 T20 World Cup. In 28 matches scored a total of 920 runs including 7 half-centuries and 2 centuries. Also, he is the only cricketer with two centuries in T20 World Cup.
Tillakaratne Dilshan sits 3rd on this list with 897 runs in 35 matches. The former Sri Lankan cricketer was one of the most impressive and impactful players in the country in T20IS. Dilshan was the most fearless batsman of Sri Lanka during his time. The marquee player proved himself the most impeccable for the team with his all-round skills and selfless attitude. He was undoubtedly one of the strongest backbones of the Sri Lankan batting lineup. As an opener, he made sure to start most of the matches with a bang. His 897 runs in T20 World Cup include 6 half-centuries with an average of 30.93 and a strike rate of 124.06.
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The Indian Captain holds the fourth position on this list with 777 runs in 16 matches in T20 World Cup. Be it any formats of the sport, Virat Kohli is well-known for executing remarkable performances everywhere. The Indian run machine's contribution to the team's victories is magnificent. Till now Virat has played in 3 T20 World Cups in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Breaking records and creating new ones in all three formats is quite stunning of him. Virat Kohli has a magnificent average of 86.33 in the T20 World Cup and a strike rate of 133.04. In the 16 matches, Kohli smashed 9 half-centuries with the highest score of 89.
AB de Villiers
Mr. 360 sits in the 5th position on this list with 717 runs in 29 matches of the T20 World Cup. AB de Villiers is the name that will always remain as one of the most zestful and lovable players of all time. He might have retired but his performances and skills executed in the past are still the talks of the town. He represented the Proteas in 6 T20 World cups and finished his journey by becoming one of the top run-scorers. Though he has not scored a single century in T20 World Cup, that did not restrain him from changing the game to the Proteas' favor within no time. At many matches, he single-handedly won with an average of 29.87 and a strike rate of 143.40.
After the captain of the Indian cricket team, the Vice-captain also includes his name on this list at the 6th position. Rohit Sharma is clearly dominating in all three formats of the game and his records prove that itself. At the present moment, he is one of the most impactful batsmen on the Indian cricket team. The marquee player makes sure to give a flying start in most of the matches of any format. With an average of 39.580and a strike rate of 127.22, he smashed 6 half-centuries and aggregated 673 runs in 25 matches of the T20 World Cup.
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