T20 cricket is the most entertaining format in cricket history. The audience always stays in a thriller ride in this format. However, we can see a batsman scores a lot of runs in a span of just one hour. Peoples nowadays love to see a lot of runs on the board and that's why they enjoy this format particularly. Now in this article, SportzPoint will give you the top 5 cricketers with the most T20 runs in cricket's history.
The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle has scored the most runs in the history of T20 Cricket. Gayle has played a total of 453 matches so far in the format, as he played in IPL, CPL, BPL, and PSL leagues. He scored 14,321 runs in 445 innings with an average of 36.44 and an impressive strike rate of 145.44 in the games. Gayle's highest score in the format has come against Pune in IPL 2013, where he was playing for RCB as he smashes 175* runs.
Moreover, Chris Gayle has also taken 83 wickets in his T20 cricket career. However, the batting giant has played his last match for the West Indies yesterday against Australia as it seems his last International game. Meanwhile, Gayle has also smashed 87 half-centuries and 22 centuries (most) in this format so far.
Chris Gayle scored his T20 runs for the following teams: Balkh Legends, Barisal Bulls, Barisal Burners, Chattogram Challengers, Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Jozi Stars, Karachi Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Lions, Matabeleland Tuskers, Melbourne Renegades, PCA Masters XI, Punjab Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Rangpur Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Somerset, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Stanford Superstars, Sydney Thunder, West Indians, West Indies, Western Australia
The current Caribbean skipper, Kieron Pollard is also a T20 specialist. Pollard is not just known for his batting skills but also known for his brilliant captaincy records in the format as he lifted two CPL trophies so far. However, Kieron played the most T20 matches(573) in his 15-year long career. In those matches, Pollard smashes 11,326 runs with an average of 31.46. He has played with a great strike rate of 152.10 and has recorded his highest score of 104 in the format.
Meanwhile, as an all-rounder, Pollard also scalps 300 wickets in the format so far. Moreover, he scored 56 half-centuries and one century so far in the format and will add more to his name. Just like Gayle, Pollard has also played in T20 leagues like IPL, CPL, PSL, and BBL.
Kieron Pollard scored his T20 runs for the following teams: Adelaide Strikers, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Dhaka Dynamites, Dhaka Gladiators, Karachi Kings, Melbourne Renegades, Multan Sultans, Mumbai Indians, Peshawar Zalmi, Somerset, South Australia, St Lucia Stars, Stanford Superstars, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
Pakistan's batting all-rounder Shoaib Malik comes in third place in the list of most T20 runs. The all-rounder has played 448 matches in which he scored 11.132 runs with an average of 36.73 and a low Strike rate of 126.55. Shoaib Malik has played in the T20 leagues like PSL, IPL, BPL, and CPL so far. Malik has registered 68 half-centuries so far and has the highest score of 95* in the format.
Shoaib Malik also scalps 152 wickets so far in the shortest format of the game. He continues his brilliance in International cricket for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.
Shoaib Malik scored his T20 runs for the following teams: Barbados Tridents, Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Delhi Daredevils, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Islamabad, Jaffna Stallions, Jozi Stars, Karachi Kings, Karachi Whites, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Multan Sultans, Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistanis, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajshahi Royals, Sialkot Region, Sialkot Stallions, Southern Punjab (Pakistan), Uva Next, Warwickshire.
Australian opener David Warner has scored 10,206 runs in his long 14 years T20 career. Meanwhile, he comes at fourth place in this list of most T20 runs. Warner has played in a total of 311 matches so far in which he scored those runs with an average of 37.66. Moreover, he smashed 84 half-centuries and 8 centuries with an impressive strike rate of 140.79 in the format.
David Warner has also played in the T20 leagues like IPL, BBL and also played for Australia A in the format. Warner has the highest score of 135* runs in the shortest format of the game which he scored in IPL. However, he will add more to his name in the future as he is in great form in the ongoing T20 World Cup in UAE.
David Warner scored his T20 runs for the following teams: Australia, Australia A, Delhi Daredevils, Durham, Middlesex, New South Wales, Northern Districts, St Lucia Stars, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Sylhet Sixers.
The all-format GOAT of the game, current Indian skipper Virat Kohli has already included himself in this elite list. Virat has scored 10,204 runs in 323 matches that he played in the format so far with a superb average of 41.14. Kohli is not only a good batsman in the format but also a good chaser in the format. Moreover, Virat has played with a decent strike rate of 133.28 and smashed 75 half-centuries and 5 centuries in the format.
Kohli has scored all his 5 centuries in the best T20 league of the world, IPL. He has been playing for RCB in the league since the inaugural season. Meanwhile, under his captaincy, India won the T20 series in Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Virat Kohli scored his T20 runs for the following teams: Delhi, India, Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
N.B: The stats are accurate as of 07/11/2021.