Scoring runs in a match is very important, especially in a T20 contest. Since its inception, there have been numerous batters who made their marks with their over-the-top performances. However, when it comes to the World T20 Cup, the pressure to score runs is insurmountable. Today, we’ll take a look at the players who are the highest run-scorers in World T20 Cup history.
5. T. Dilshan – 897 runs
Former Sri Lankan opener, T. Dilshan was class apart. Dilshan was known for his innovative shot selection and his reliability in the ODIs and Test matches. However, Dilshan shone perfectly in the World T20 Cup.
The 46-year-old batter started playing in the World T20 Cup at its inception. During his tenure, Dilshan scored 897 runs in 34 innings, averaging just over 30 runs. Moreover, Dilshan was part of the World T20 Cup winning squad in 2014. However, in the finals of 2014, Dilshan only managed to score 18 runs against India.
4. R. Sharma – 904 runs
Coming in at number four, star batsman R. Sharma has scored 904 runs so far in the history of the World T20 Cup. Moreover, Sharma was in the 2007 Indian squad which famously won the inaugural World T20 Cup.
The current Indian opener has played 35 matches to achieve these many runs. Out of these 35 matches, Sharma has been not out 8 times. His highest score so far in the World T20 Cup is 79* runs. With the 2022 World T20 Cup going on, cricket fans are expecting the Hitman of team India to move further in the list.
3. C. Gayle – 965 runs
It is strange that Gayle doesn’t top this list. Even though the Universal Boss hit two centuries in the World T20 Cup, he comes in at number with 965 runs in his bag. Gayle is the only batter to hit two centuries in the tournament’s history.
Furthermore, he is the only player to hit over 50 maximums. During his tenure in the West Indies team, Gayle hit 63 sixes and 78 fours. Gayle’s highest score in the World T20 Cup is 117, which is also the highest individual score in the history of the World T20 Cup.
2. V. Kohli – 989 runs
Kohli, also known as King Kohli is one of the greatest players of the modern era. Since 2012, Kohli has become a mainstay when it comes to Word T20 Cup. The former Indian skipper has an excellent set of records in the World T20 Cup.
So far, Kohli has scored 989 runs. This includes his match-saving innings against Pakistan in the 2022 World T20 Cup when he scored 89* runs for team India. The Delhi native has the highest average than any other batter on this list – 89.90. Furthermore, Kohli took only 21 innings to reach a total of 989 runs.
1. M. Jayawardene – 1,016 runs
Former Sri Lanka skipper M. Jayawardene is the highest run-scorer in the history of the World T20 Cup. Jayawardene has amassed a massive run tally of 1,016 runs. In his seven-year span in the World T20 Cup, Jayawarened has hit one century.
Furthermore, Jayawardene holds the record for the most number of boundaries hit. The right-handed batter hit a staggering 111 fours in the World T20 Cup. So, these are the five players who are the highest run-scorers in World T20 Cup.
Amongst these players, V. Kohli is just 28 runs away to become the highest run-scorer of all time. Given his recent form, it is inevitable that Kohli will surpass Jayawardene in near future.
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