Twenty20 (T20) is a shortened game format of cricket. At the professional level, it was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003 for the inter-county competition. The first Twenty20 International match was held On 17 February 2005 Australia and New Zealand in the Eden Park in Auckland.
Several T20 leagues started after the popularity of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. The IPL, Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League, and Afghan Premier League , Lankan Premier League started thereafter, following similar formulae, and remained popular with the fans.
Since than The top two run scorers in this format are West Indies players as well as one Pakistan player, one Australian player and one Indian player in the top 5 run scorers in the World. Batting has always been a tough ask in t20 matches. Hence we take a look at the top 5 greatest T20 batsmen of all time who have scored the most runs in T20s.
#1 Christopher Henry gayle (14, 321 runs) (2005 – 2021)
Christopher Henry Gayle was the opening batsman for the West Indies. The Universe boss features at no. 1 in the list of highest run-getters in T20s. Chris Gayle is often regarded as the king of the t20s because of his contribution particularly in this format of the game. He has scored 14321 runs in 445 innings. The highest score was 175 not out against Pune Warriors. His average is 36.44 and Strike Rate 145.44 in T20 format. Gayle has scored 22 centuries and 87 half-centuries in T20 format. He also hit 1108 fours and 1045 sixes.
Chris Gayle scored his T20 runs for the following teams:
Balkh Legends, Barisal Bulls, Barisal Burners, Chattogram Challengers, Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Jozi Stars, Karachi Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Lions, Matabeleland Tuskers, Melbourne Renegades, PCA Masters XI, Punjab Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Rangpur Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Somerset, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Stanford Superstars, Sydney Thunder, West Indians, West Indies, Western Australia.
#2 Kieron Adrian Pollard (11,326 runs) (2006 – 2021)
Kiroen Adrian Pollard is the current captain of the West Indies. Pollard is a Allrounder who plays in the middle order. He has batted in 508 innings in 573 matches. He scored 11326 Runs his highest score was 104. The ave is 31.46 in T20 format.
Pollard has scored just one century in the Twenty20s. But he has managed to score 56 half centuries. He has 715 fours and 761 sixes.
Kieron Pollard scored his T20 runs for the following teams:
Adelaide Strikers, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Dhaka Dynamites, Dhaka Gladiators, Karachi Kings, Melbourne Renegades, Multan Sultans, Mumbai Indians, Peshawar Zalmi, Somerset, South Australia, St Lucia Stars, Stanford Superstars, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
#3 Shoaib Malik (11,133 runs) (2005- 2021)
Malik is a prolific batsman for Pakistan, scored 11133 runs in 418 innings. He has a massive contribution in whichever teams he plays in. The 39-year-old Pakistani all-rounder has scored 10,741 runs in 397 innings with an average of 37.03. He is not a hard hitter of the cricket ball, rather a timer as a result his average strike rate is just around 126. Malik has not been able to score a single century in the Twenty20 format. However, he has managed to score 68 half centuries. The highest score was 95 not out.
Shoaib Malik scored his T20 runs for the following teams:
Barbados Tridents, Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Delhi Daredevils, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Islamabad, Jaffna Stallions, Jozi Stars, Karachi Kings, Karachi Whites, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Multan Sultans, Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistanis, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajshahi Royals, Sialkot Region, Sialkot Stallions, Southern Punjab (Pakistan), Uva Next, Warwickshire.
#4 David Warner (10,308 runs)
David Andrew Warner is Australia’s One of the best opening left-handed batsmen the game has ever produced has scored 10308 runs in 313 games. His highest score is 135 and Ave is 37.75 in T20 format. He has scored 08 centuries and 85 half-centuries.
David Warner scored his T20 runs for the following teams:
Australia, Australia A, Delhi Daredevils, Durham, Middlesex, New South Wales, Northern Districts, St Lucia Stars, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Sylhet Sixers.
#5 Virat Kohli (10,204 runs) (2007 – 2021)
Kohli is a Indian who very passionate batsman in the world at the moment features at number 5 in this list. He has scored 10204 runs in 307 innings his overall T20 career till now. the highest score in an innings is 113 with an average of 41.14 in T20 format.
Kohli, who has five centuries, has also scored 75 half-centuries. Kohli has represented Delhi and Royal Challengers Bangalore in addition to the Indian team.
In addition, players like Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum , Rohith Sharma and AB de Villiers are on the list.