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 to win 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 to win at many matches.
1. Ricky Ponting
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
The God of Cricket is the second most run scorer in ICC Knockouts. Needless to say, what he did and contributed for the Indian Cricket team and its victories is unimaginable. The biggest asset of the Indian batting line up is the only cricketer to score more than 2000 runs in the history of the ICC tournament. The Little Master scored 657 runs in 14 innings with an average of 50.53.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
The batsman and wicket-keeper of the Sri Lanka cricket team is definitely 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 595 runs with an average of 39.66.
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4. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is a former all-rounder cricketer of the South African cricket team. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of South Africa because of his playing skills and contribution to the team. One of his most memorable moments in the ICC knockout tournament is when he scored 113* against Sri Lanka in the 1998 ICC knockout tournament. He not only spoke with his bat but also shown bowling skills on the field. In the 1988 Knockout finals, he took 5 wickets and gave only 30 runs in 7.3 overs against West Indies. In 11 innings of the ICC knockout, he scored 539 runs with an average of 59.88.
5. Sourav Ganguly
The former captain of the Indian cricket team is the 5th batsman to score most runs in Knockouts of 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 played 8 innings and scored 514 runs with an average of 85.66.
6. Virat Kohli
The captain of the Indian team is the 6th cricketer on this list. His reign in the team is one of the most important parts of India’s victories. He 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. In 13 innings, he scored 513 ranks with an average of 57.00.