T20 World Cup: The next big ICC tournament is the T20I World Cup in Australia, which will start in October. We have seen the seven editions of the event and this will be the eighth edition of this multi-national tournament. Many legends have been part of this, and many modern-day greats will feature in the upcoming event. But in the rich history of the championship, there are a few players that have made their mark.
So in this article, we will look at the highest run-scorers in the history of the T20 World Cup. Every batter aims to do well in the ICC event. And playing a T20 match too in the World Cup adds more pressure, but only a few can overcome that. And those who do that are counted among the best.
3. Tillakaratne Dilshan (897 runs) for Sri Lanka in 35 matches
The former Sri Lankan all-rounder is the third most successful batsman in the history of the T20 World Cup when it comes to scoring the most runs. Dilshan was an integral part of the Sri Lankan team in 2009, 2012, when Sri Lanka made it to the finals, and in 2014 when they won their maiden title. He is also the player who has played the most matches.
Dilshan has played 35 matches and has scored 897 runs at an average of 30.93 and a strike rate of 124.06. He has also hit six half-centuries in the ICC event and has hit 101 fours and 20 sixes overall. However, he has retired now, but he is certainly one of the best batters from Sri Lanka.
2. Chris Gayle (965 runs) for West Indies in 33 matches
Chris Gayle is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to T20 cricket. There are not many that can match the power of this big West Indian. The left-hander has numerous records in the shortest format of the game and features in almost every list in the batting department. He has played in all seven editions of his team and has the second highest run in the T20 World Cup.
Gayle has scored 965 runs in 33 matches at an average of 34.46 and a strike rate of 142.75. The left-hander is also the only player with two centuries and the most sixes in T20 world cup history. Gayle has hit two centuries and seven half-centuries and has also hit 63 sixes. He was an integral part of the West Indies team in the 2012 and 2016 World Cup triumphs.
1. Mahela Jayawardene (1016 runs) for Sri Lanka in 31 matches
The former Sri Lankan skipper, Mahela Jayawardene, is leading the chart and is the only one with over 1000+ runs. Jayawardene played only five seasons from 2007 to 2014, but he is leading the race. There is no doubt that he is one of the best batsmen to ever step on the cricket field, and he has also made an impact in the T20 World Cup.
In 31 matches, Jayawardene has scored 1016 runs at an average of 39.07 and a strike of 134.74, respectively. He has also hit one century and six half-centuries in the tournament. He also leads the batters’ race with the most fours. The former Sri Lanka skipper has hit 111 fours and 25 maximums in the competition.
Top Ten Batters with Most runs in T20 World Cup
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)||31||1016||39.07||134.72||6/1|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||33||965||34.46||142.75||7/2|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)||35||897||30.93||124.06||6/0|
|Rohit Sharma (India)||33||847||38.50||131.52||8/0|
|Virat Kohli (India)||21||845||76.51||129.60||10/0|
|David Warner (Australia)||30||762||27.21||135.10||6/0|
|AB de Villiers (South Africa)||30||717||29.87||143.40||5/0|
|Shakid al Hasan (Bangladesh)||31||698||26.84||124.64||3/0|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||31||661||25.42||112.22||4/0|
|Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)||34||646||34.00||128.42||3/0|