Top 10 Highest T20 Runs ScorersPosted By: Bill Russell | December 27, 2017
Cricket has come a long way in gaining popularity and speed. Once upon a time, a single match used to extend for five days. Things used to be slower, with a lot of focus on technicalities. From there, the matches became a day long, when each team team had to play for 50 overs. Things became even faster when the number of overs got reduced to 20 for each each team. Thus came the Twenty-20 or T-20 cricket, in 2003. In this short-over format of cricket, we have seen some excellent batting skills, incredible shots and some huge runs getting scored! Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Highest T20 Runs Scorers.
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Top 10 Highest T20 Runs Scorers
New Zealand’s Wicket Keeper Brandon McCullum is the No:1 Batsman in the World in term of Highest T20 Runs Scorers. Who is also the owner of most T20 sixes record. But besides him, there are several other great players who are now challenging his accolades with their own great success in the international t20s. So without wasting any time let’s check out the players.
10. AB de Villiers
In the tenth place on the list of the highest T20 run scorers is AB de Villiers of South Africa, who has a total score of 1672 in T20. During his tenure as a cricketer from 2006 to 2017, he has played in 75 innings of 78 T20 matches, and has a strike rate of 135.6. His highest score in a single match was 79. Besides international cricket, this right-handed batsman-cum-wicket keeper currently plays in South African domestic cricket for Titans, and in the Indian Premier League for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and his total score in all T20 matches together is 6169.
9. Umar Akmal
Pakistan’s right-handed batsman and wicket keeper Umar Akmal is one of the players with the highest runs in T20 international, with a total of 1690, which he gathered during 77 innings in 82 matches, during his T20 career from 2009 to 2016. He has a strike rate of 122.90. His highest run in a single T20 match was 94. He has also played for the domestic team Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, until he recently joined United Bank Limited. His total score in all T20 matches is 4987. He was also declared the Franchise Player for the first Caribbean Premier League.
8. David Warner
31-year old David Andrew Warner represents Australia in international cricket as a left-handed batsman who opens or his team, and is one of the highest scorers in Twenty-20 cricket, with a total of 1696. He has gathered this score in 65 innings over 65 matches during his T20 career from 2009 to 2017. He gathered the big score with the impressive strike rate of 139.24, while his highest score in a single T20 match is 90. Ranked 3rd among ODI batsmen and 6th among Test batsmen, he plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League. His total score in domestic and international Twenty-20 cricket is 4987.
7. Jean-Paul Duminy
South Africa’s JP Duminy acquires the seventh place on the list of highest T20 runs scorers in international matches, with a total of 1700 runs, scored in 67 innings over 73 matches, during his tenure as the left-handed batsman from 2004 to 2017. He has a strike rate of 123.90, and his highest score in a single match is 96. Duminy also plays in the Indian Premier League of Twenty-20 cricket for the team Delhi Daredevils. He also plays for the domestic team Cape Cobras, his home team. In all the T20 matches pt together, he has scored a total of 5555 runs.
6. Mohammad Shahzad
29-year old Mohammad Shahzad is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper who represents the under-rated team of Afghanistan. He is the sixth highest T20I run scorer, with a total of 1779 runs which he scored in 58 innings of 58 matches from 2010 to 2017. Shahzad has a stunning strike rate of 136.84, and his highest run in a single match is 118, which is the second highest score by an Associate nation in T20I. He is part of the Pakistan Super League team Peshawar Zalmi, a team that he has joined only recently. He is also one of only three wicket keeper to score a century in T20I.
5. Shoaib Malik
Pakistan’s noted player Shoaib Malik features among the top scorers of T20I cricket, with a total score of 1821. He has played Twenty-20 from 2006 to 2017, and participated in 86 innings of 92 matches during this time, as a right-handed batsman of his team. Shoaib has a strike rate of 117.63, and his highest run in a single international match of T20 is 75. He has been part of different domestic teams, such as Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League, Barbados Tridents in Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) cricket team, etc. and has a total of 7450.
4. Martin Guptill
New Zealand’s Martin Guptill right-handed opening batsman, Martin Guptill, is counted among the highest T20 runs scorers, with a total of 1856 runs. He has gathered this score in his career from 2009 to 2017, having participated in 62 innings in 64 matches. He has a strike rate of 130.50, and the highest run he scored in a single match is 101. Considered as one of the finest cricket players of his time, Guptill also plays domestic cricket for Auckland, as well as Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League and Guyana Amazon Warriors in Caribbean Premier League, and has a total T20 score of 5354.
3. Tillakaratne Dilshan
Sri Lanka’s celebrated cricketer Tilakaratne Dilshan is the right-handed opening batsman who is recorded as the third player on the list of top scorers in T20 International cricket, with a total score of 1889 which he gathered in the 79 innings of 80 games of T20, in his career from 2006 to 2016. He has a strike rate of 120.54, and the highest he has scored in a single match is 104. He is also part of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club and Basnahira South, Caribbean Premier League’s Guyana Amazon Warriors, and Pakistan Super League’s Peshawar Zalmi, and has a total score of 5193 in all T20 matches.
2. Virat Kohli
In the second place on the list of the highest T20 runs scorers in the international scene is Virat Kohli, the right-handed batsman from India who is noted for his powerful presence and aggressive attitude. He has a total of 1956 runs in International Twenty-20 cricket, which he has scored in a total of 51 innings in 55 matches, during his career from 2005 to 2015. He has a massive strike rate of 137.84, and his highest score in a single T20I match is 90. Kohli also plays first class domestic cricket for the Delhi cricket team, and is a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League. In all his T20 matches, both international and domestic, he has scored 7068 runs.
1. Brendon McCullum
Leading the list of highest T20 scorers is none other than Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, who has stunned the world with his skills. He has made a total of 2140 runs in his career from 2005 to 2015, during which he has played in 70 innings of 71 matches. He has an amazing strike rate of 136.21, and the highest run he has scored in a single match is 123. McCullum is also part of several domestic cricket teams, such as Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League, Lahore Qalanders of Pakistan Super League, Middlesex County Cricket Club of England, etc. and has gathered a total of 8571, the second highest run in all T20 games.
These players have shown some incredible batting skills on the field in their careers, and have shown how to make perfect use of the time available in limited-over cricket, making a huge spectacle on the field. Hence, they not only have amazing scores, but also have stunning strike rates.
Top 10 Highest T20 Runs Scorers [Updated Table]
|Player||Country||Matches||Runs||Highest Score||Average||Strike Rate||100s||50s||4s||6s|
|Brendon McCullum||New Zealand||71||2140||123||35.66||136.21||2||13||199||91|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan||Sri Lanka||80||1889||104*||28.19||120.54||1||13||223||33|
|Martin Guptill||New Zealand||64||1856||101*||33.74||130.15||1||10||173||79|
|JP Duminy||South Africa||73||1700||96*||36.95||123.90||0||9||124||59|
|AB de Villiers||South Africa||78||1672||79*||26.12||135.16||0||10||140||60|