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Most Runs in T20 World Cup history

Let's look at the players with the most runs in the T20 World Cup. Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is at the top with the most runs in the competition's history.

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Virat Kohli has scored the most runs in the T20 World Cup history

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The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will be played in America and West Indies from June 2 to 29. Team India will start its campaign with a match against Ireland on June 5. England are the defending champion of the tournament. The team won the title for the second time by defeating Pakistan in 2022. They delivered a complete performance with both the bat and the bowl. More often than not, the batters have dominated the tournament and scored big runs to help their respective teams win the World T20 title. Check out the top five players with the Most Runs in T20 World Cup history.

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Most Runs in T20 World Cup history (Top Five)

#5. Tilakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) | 897 runs

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Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan has an excellent record in the T20 World Cup. He played his last World Cup in the shortest format in 2016 but is still in fifth place in the list of most runs. Known to give his team electric starts, he has scored 897 runs in 35 matches with a top score of 96*. He played a crucial role in Sri Lanka lifting the trophy in 2014. 

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#4. Rohit Sharma (India) | 963* runs

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Rohit Sharma is the second-highest run-scorer in T20 internationals. Having played in all 8 T20 World Cups, Rohit Sharma is 4th on the list of top run scorers in the T20 World Cup. He has scored 963* runs in 36 matches at an average of 34.39 with 9 half-centuries. Rohit is captaining the India cricket team in the 2024 T20 World Cup and India will start their campaign with a match against Ireland on June 5.

#3. Chris Gayle (West Indies) | 965 runs

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Chris Gayle sits at No. 3 on the list of highest run scorers in the T20 World Cup. Known for his power-hitting, Gayle has been a nightmare for every bowler. He has scored 965 runs in 31 matches at a strike rate of 142.75. Gayle is the only player in T20 World Cup history to have scored 2 centuries. He also holds the record for hitting the most sixes (63) in T20 World Cup history.

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#2. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) | 1016 runs

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Mahela Jayawardene's elegance and class proved that T20 batting isn't just about power-hitting. He played in 5 T20 World Cups from 2007 to 2014 and won the tournament with Sri Lanka in 2014. Mahela scored 1016 runs in 31 matches, with 6 half-centuries and 1 century. He also holds the record for scoring the most boundaries (111) in T20 World Cup history.

#1. Virat Kohli (India) | 1141* runs

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Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the modern batting legends. He has played in 5 editions of the T20 World Cup and is at the top of the list of top run scorers in the T20 World Cup. Virat has scored 1141* runs in 25 innings at an extraordinary average of 81.50, best for any player scoring at least 300 runs. He also has the most number of half-centuries (14) in the T20 World Cup history.

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Most Runs in T20 World Cup history (Top Ten)

Virat Kohli (IND)
2012-2022 27 25 1141 89* 81.50 131.30 0 14 103 28
2007-2014 31 31 1016 100 39.07 134.74 1 6 111 25
Chris Gayle (WI)
2007-2021 33 31 965 117 34.46 142.75 2 7 78 63
Rohit Sharma (IND)
2007-2022 39 36 963 79* 34.39 127.88 0 9 91 35
T Dilshan (SL)
2007-2016 35 34 897 96* 30.93 124.06 0 6 101 20
David Warner (AUS)
2009-2022 34 34 806 89* 25.18 133.22 0 6 86 31
Jos Buttler (ENG)
2012-2022 27 27 799 101* 42.05 144.48 1 4 69 33
2007-2022 36 36 742 84 23.93 122.44 0 3 62 23
2007-2016 30 29 717 79* 29.87 143.40 0 5 51 30
2012-2022 25 24 699 85 33.28 113.84 0 3 68 14
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