A game that began in 1815 and kept on gaining popularity from that time, before the first ever International was played in 1844. Moving from the test format which lasted 5 days long, now there has been improvement in the game over the years as technology has made it ever so interesting to watch.
The formats that are played now-a-days include test matches (5 days) which is being considered to cut-down to 4 days in order to maintain the interest of the people who have lately turned out in numbers in the other formats. With t20 cricket being introduced in 2003, it has become a brand which people endorse all across the globe because of the thrill and flamboyant play. There is no stoppage or a mundane period throughout the 3 and half hours which makes it even more exciting.
Not only has it excelled in the international arena, but t20 franchise cricket and famous leagues all across the world have now become a trend where players earn a lot more than they used to previously.
We have seen some innovation, touch & power-hitting over the years and here’s a list of the top-5 leading run scorers.
Top 5 T20 Highest Runs Scorers
1. Brendon Mcculum (New Zealand)
Leading run scorers in T20 cricket record belongs to none other than Brendon McCulum from Newzealand who is perhaps the most high in demand player across the world in different leagues & franchises. Not only has he scored his runs with Newzealand but also highly scoring in IPL with two different franchises, Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League Australia also currently in PSL with Lahore Qalandars. He’s considered as one of the most aggressive captains when he took Newzealand to the 2015 World cup ODI final in Australia. He has 2140 runs in the 70 innings he’s had with a phenomenal strike rate.
2. Virat Kohli (India)
The new generation sensation, labeled by many as the best batsman of the existing generation and bound to break many records is second on the highest run getters list in T20 format with 1956 runs, but what’s most scintillating about this guy is the fact that he has a phenomenal strike rate of just over 137 but also an unbelievable average to back it up.
Skipper now of the Indian International side along with the Royal challengers Bangalore in IPL, he’s most likely to end up on the top of the list at the end of his career.
3. Tilikaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)
The veteran Srilankan is the one of those few batsman in the list not playing international cricket anymore. The ‘Dil scoop’ named after him is now played by many young talented players across the globe. With a total of 1889 runs in 79 innings and a strike rate of 120.54. Not only this but he’s also one of those few batsman to have achieved the feat of scoring a century in this format. He had hit the ball out of the park in T20 cricket with Srilanka, Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL and many other franchises for almost ten years from 2006-2016.
4. Martun Guptill (New Zealand)
On number 4 we have, with 1856 runs the stylish Newzealand’s right handed opening batsman, who has a unique style of batting and is also an exquisite fielder. The hard-hitting batsman has a strike rate of slightly over 130 and has cemented his place in this format as one of the most highly rated openers, well in demand for franchise cricket.
5. Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)
Pakistan’s experienced pro, Shoaib Malik is at number 5 with 1821 runs so far in the t20 format. Ever since the return of Shoaib Malik in the Pakistani side in 2015 after being dropped for almost 5 years , he has improved the strike rate and has become one of the most stable middle order batsman in the t20 format . He captained Pakistan in the 2007 world cup where they were the runners up and has been striking at 117.63 in this format with a top score of 75. He has also represented franchises all across the world, being part of Karachi Kings in PSL as well as Barbados Tridents in Caribbean Premier League & having played domestically with Sialkot Stallions.
These 5 players have stood out whenever their teams have been in need in the t20 format and have the ability to clear any boundary in the world.