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Most runs in Knockouts of ICC tournament

Here's a look at the 6 batsmen with the most runs in Knockouts of ICC tournaments. Former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting is at the top of the list with 700+ runs.

Shreya Ghosh and Abishek Goswami
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Ponting has scored the most runs in ICC knockout matches

Ponting has scored the most runs in ICC knockout matches | Image: ICC

The knockouts of any tournament are just one-chance matches. Both the teams will get only one chance to compete against each other and one of them can win the knockout. In the final stages, such matches become super important to exist in the tournament. If the batsmen start hitting hard from the beginning then there is a fair chance of the team winning the match with a total of enough runs. Here's a look at the top 6 batsmen with the most runs in the Knockouts of ICC tournaments who have helped their respective teams win many matches.

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Most runs in Knockouts of the ICC tournament

1. Ricky Ponting (AUS) | 731 runs

Ricky Ponting has scored the most runs in ICC knockout matches
Ricky Ponting has scored the most runs in ICC knockout matches | Image: X

The former Australian cricketer tops the list of most runs in knockouts with 731 runs. During his time, he was one of the biggest strengths of the Australian batting lineup. At many knockouts, he has performed his best under immense pressure. In 18 innings he scored 731 runs including 3 centuries with an average of 45.68. He is the only cricketer to play the most number of ICC ODI knockouts (18).

2. Sachin Tendulkar (IND) | 682 runs

Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs for India in ICC knockout matches
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs for India in ICC knockout matches | Image: ICC

The God of Cricket is the second most run scorer in ICC Knockouts. Needless to say, what he did and contributed to the Indian Cricket team and its victories is unimaginable. The biggest asset of the Indian batting lineup is the only cricketer to score more than 2000 runs in the history of the ICC tournament. The Little Master scored 682 runs with an average of 48.71.

3. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) | 597 runs

Sangakkara has been one of the greatest batsman in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket
Sangakkara has been one of the greatest batsmen in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket | Image: ICC

The batsman and wicketkeeper of the Sri Lanka cricket team was a world-class player. His knocks at matches were a visual treat for the eyes. The retired batsman had a great career in all three formats of cricket. He played 18 innings and scored 597 runs with an average of 37.31.

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4. Sourav Ganguly (IND) | 580 runs

Most Runs | Sourav Ganguly played an unbelievable knock in the 2003 Semi-Final against Kenya
Sourav Ganguly played an unbelievable knock in the 2003 Semi-Final against Kenya | Image: X

The former captain of the Indian cricket team is the 4th batsman to score the most runs in the Knockouts of the ICC tournament. The man behind the establishment of the Indian cricket team played outstandingly in most matches. One of his brilliant knocks is 149 against South Africa in the second Semi-final tournament. He was also awarded the man of the match for his knock. In the 2008 ICC knockout tournament, Sourav Ganguly was the leading run-scorer with 348 runs. He scored 580 runs with an average of 82.85.

5. Mahela Jayawardene (SL) | 571 runs

Most Runs | Mahela Jayawardene scored an important century in the 2011 World Cup Final
Mahela Jayawardene scored an important century in the 2011 World Cup Final | Image: ICC

Sri Lankan cricket legend Mahela Jayawardene comes fifth on this list with 571 runs. He has always been a key player for his side and scored many important knocks. He almost won the 2011 World Cup Final with Sri Lanka as he scored a fantastic century in that game but it was Dhoni and Gambhir's heroics that turned the table. Jayawardene has scored those runs with an average of 35.68.

6. Virat Kohli (IND) | 563 runs

Most runs in ICC Knockout matches - Virat Kohli comes sixth on this list
Virat Kohli comes sixth on this list with 563 runs | Image: BCCI

The former captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli is the 6th cricketer on this list. His reign in the team is one of the most important parts of India's victories. Kohli may have failed at a few knockouts but showed his class in other matches and made his name into this table of legends in the field of cricket. He has scored 563 runs with an average of 56.3 so far in knockout matches.

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