The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the T20 World Cup causing a slew of problems. After a five-year hiatus, the world’s biggest cricket carnival has returned to the UAE.
The Super 12 stage was kicked off by a match between Australia and South Africa. On October 24, arch-rivals India and Pakistan faced off in Dubai. India got off to a shaky start, which could have an impact on their chances in the T20 World Cup in 2021.
Today, we’ll look at the batsmen who have previously lit up the greatest stage in T20 cricket. In T20 cricket, batsmen smash bowlers all over the park. Everyone enjoys seeing them, and there have been batsmen who have effortlessly stepped it up a notch. They were on the verge of elevating their individual and team performances to the next level in the tournament.
The top 5 most successful batsmen in the T20 World Cup over the years
1. Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene played 31 matches and scored 1016 runs.
Sri Lanka icon Mahela Jayawardene, one of the greatest batters of all time, has done it all when it comes to batsmen hitting big in the T20 World Cup.
With a total of 1016 runs, Mahela — the first and only player to reach 1000 runs in the T20 World Cup – sits atop the standings among the top run-scorers in the competition.
Mahela averaged over 39 in 31 T20 World Cup matches he participated between 2007 and 2014, with six half-centuries and a century. Mahela’s only T20 World Cup century came in the 2010 edition when he struck 100 runs in just 64 balls against Zimbabwe.
2. Chris Gayle of the West Indies scored 920 runs in 28 matches.
Chris Gayle, the flamboyant opener who turned 42 last month, is still regarded as a T20 legend and one of the most destructive players in the game’s shortest format.
Gayle will represent West Indies for the 7th time in the T20 Carnival, having featured in all previous editions of the competition. He is just 97 runs away from becoming the top run-scorer in T20 World Cup history.
The stylish Jamaican is presently second on the list of greatest run-scorers in the T20 World Cup, having scored 920 runs so far. Gayle has been an amazing run-machine for West Indies in the marquee competitions.
He is the only batsman to score two T20 World Cup centuries with a strike rate of over 146 and an average of 40.
3. Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan played 35 matches and scored 897 runs.
Tillakaratne Dilshan became known for his out-of-the-box scoring shots, which made him one of the most unconventional yet successful batsmen in the game.
The Sri Lankan star has played a major role in consolidating his country’s legacy in the T20 World Cup throughout the years. Dilshan finished the T20 World Cup as the second top run-scorer for his country (so far) with 897 runs from 35 games.
Dilshan’s 6 half-centuries often provided Sri Lanka with a good platform to produce high totals and chase down the mark against the opposition during the World Cup between 2007 and 2016.
In the 2009 tournament, Dilshan’s undefeated 96 was the highest score in the semi-final against West Indies.
4. Virat Kohli played 16 matches and scored 777 runs prior to the commencement of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Virat Kohli may be captaining Team India at the T20 World Cup 2021 for the final time. But, he may still have at least 2-3 World Cups left in him at the age of 32 and his achievement thus far is unbelievable.
The legend of the modern period has approached the tournament with an average of above 86. Virat has played a total of 16 matches in the league during the 2012 and 2016 editions, scoring 777 runs.
Despite the fact that Virat has yet to hit a century in this tournament. 9 half-centuries and a strike rate of over 133 have made him one of the finest batsmen. Thus, he deserves a place in the top 5 batsmen.
In the previous edition, his top score of 89* not out came in the semi-final against West Indies. Virat Kohli will be aiming for a title in his final T20 World Cup as India captain.
And to do so, he will need to contribute with the bat as well. Virat Kohli, who is now placed fourth in the competition’s best run-scorers. He will have a great chance to rise up the list if he clicks.
5. AB de Villiers of South Africa has played 30 matches and scored 717 runs.
AB de Villiers continues to stun with his great performances in T20 competitions around the world, despite his international cricket experience. AB de Villiers was a different class when it came to excelling in the T20 World Cup.
He was one of the most dangerous T20 batsmen. De Villiers modified the T20 batting line-up throughout his rule. Despite the fact that the South African has yet to win a title in the game.
Between the 2007 and 2016 editions of the T20 World Cup, the explosive Proteas legend amassed 717 runs in 30 matches. De Villiers smashed the opposition bowling line-up with a strike rate of over 143. De Villiers did not get a century in the World Cup, although he did have five fifties.
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