T20 cricket is now one of the most watched formats in the game with a huge fan base. This is a format which is filled with drama, big sixes and thrilling games which the cricketing fans are recently witnessing. The format came into recognition after the Apex Cricket Council came up with the idea of the 2007 T20 World Cup which became a great memory for every cricket fan who witnessed it. The Indian Premier League(IPL) also revolutionised the game further and made it one of the most popular formats in the world right now. The growth of T20 cricket has given us some exceptional players that have stayed in our hearts for a long time.
We all know that this game has been dominated by the batters who always look to score big runs in this format. They are the ones who give the beautiful match-winning innings setting the ball rolling. Since this format is filled with big hits the batters who have dominated this game are without any doubt one of the most dangerous players, any bowler would think twice before bowling a bad ball. There are hardly any failures in the career of these amazing batters, who are known for their big match-winning innings.
The popularity of these players is not surprising at all and it will be difficult to forget these big run scorers who have been one of the stars of the game. They have also dominated one of the best bowlers in this format as well with their amazing aggressive style of play and consistency going into every game. It will be interesting to know who these prolific run-scorers in the shortest format are and what they have achieved in their career. They are also responsible for attracting the audience's attention as well.
Without any delay let us take a look at the top 5 run scorers in T20s:
5. Alex Hales
Alex Hales is one of the top choices of T20 players in the world right now. He is known for his ability to score some big runs at the top. He is not only known for his big hits but also his ability to score runs consistently even in the shortest format. With 11807 runs in his 427 matches at an average of over 30 and a strike rate of 146.74, he deserves to be on this list of T20 greats and will go down as the best T20 batter from England and the first English batter to get to 11000 T20 runs.
4. Virat Kohli
There will hardly be a list without Virat Kohli, who just like the other two formats has dominated the T20s as well. He is also the highest run scorer in T20 internationals and the highest Indian run-scorer in T20 with 11994 runs in 375 games at an average of 41.35 and strike rate of 133.44. He might not be the conventional T20 batter but has proven his ability in the format with his incredible technique and match-winning innings. He is known to have every shot in the book and is dangerous on both sides of the ground making him a tough batter to bowl to.
3. Kieron Pollard
There is no way we can exclude Trinidadian big show Kieron Pollard from this list at all. The man has done it all in the shortest format of the game from winning games out of nowhere to hitting six sixes in an over. There are two KP’s in the world that people fear in the white ball format and Pollard is definitely one of them. To go with his 12454 runs in 640 matches at an average of 31.21 and phenomenal strike rate of 150.61 he also has over 300 wickets to his name, making him an absolute impactful player in the shortest format.
2. Shoaib Malik
The one player Pakistan will never forget is the talented batter Shoaib Malik, who was one of the top players for Pakistan, especially in the shortest format. Shoaib could play the big shots whenever his side needed them and also had really good technique. There is no doubt that Malik is one of the best match-winners Pakistan has ever produced and the stats have shown that. He is the second highest run scorer with 12993 runs in 525 matches at an average of 36.39 and has also been handy with the ball with his off-spin taking over 150+ wickets as well.
1. Chris Gayle
There is no surprise that the man to top this list is the Universe boss himself known by the world as Christopher Henry Gayle. The big and tall stature was not just for show as this opening sensation from Jamaica made it a habit of making hitting humongous sixes look easy. The man has been the dominant force in this format with 14562 runs from his 463 matches at an average of 36.22 and a strike rate of over 140. The man also has the highest individual score in T20s of 175 runs to date, which has still not been surpassed for over a decade. Gayle also has the most centuries in the format scoring 22 of them in his amazing 17-year career.