The prolific run scoring machine that Virat Kohli is, he holds the record for scoring most runs in the first edition of the T20 World Cup. The former Indian team captain scored 319 runs in ICC T20 World Cup, 2014.
Previous Sri Lankan cricket team captain and star batsman Mahela Jayawardene presently holds the record for scoring the most runs in a T20 World Cup.
Mahela played in 5 editions of the T20 World Cup between 2007 and 2014, in that time frame he scored 1,016 runs in 31 matches with a healthy average of 39.07 and a staggering strike of 134.74.
The former Sri Lanka skipper was in a red hot form which eventually drove him to being the highest run-getter in the T20 World Cup 2010 in the Caribbean, as he scored 302 runs in 6 matches with an attractive average of 60.40 while he likewise figured out how to maintain a strike rate of 159.78. It was likewise fascinating to see, Jayawardene turning into the main Sri Lankan cricketer to score a ton in T20 World Cups when he accomplished to do so against the host country, West Indies back in 2010.
Jayawardene’s once a team-mate Tillakaratne Dilshan, Indian cricket team current skipper and opening batsman Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli complete the rundown of top 5 batsman for most runs in T20 World Cup.
While the Lankan tiger, Mahela Jayawardene climbed the ladder to be the top scorer in the ICC T20 World Cup 2010, how about we make a plunge and see the highest run-getters in every single version of the ICC T20 competition.
Matthew Hayden – ICC T20 World Cup 2007
Former Australian run scoring machine, Matthew Hayden scored the maximum runs in the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa. Hayden scored 265 runs in 6 matches at a crushing average of 88.33 and a blistering strike rate of 144.80. The hard-hitting batsman scored 4 half centuries in the competition. That’s what the fascinating reality is, Australia were taken out by the eventual champions of the competition, India in the semi-finals.
Tillakaratne Dilshan – ICC T20 World Cup 2009
Tillakaratne Dilshan was the highest run scorer in the ICC T20 World Cup in England back in 2009. Opening the batting for Sri Lanka, the right hander scored 317 runs in 7 matches with an average of 52.83 and a strike rate of 144.74. He played an integral part in making Sri Lanka reach the finals, before they lost to Pakistan in a fiery clash at Lord’s.
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Shane Watson – ICC T20 World Cup 2012
The broadly built former Australian cricket team all-rounder Shane Watson scored the most runs in the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 in Sri Lanka. Watson outperformed Mahela Jayawardene by 6 runs to finish as the highest run-getter in the competition. Watson scored 249 runs in 6 games with a stunning strike rate of 150 and furthermore kept a strong average of 49.80. Australia were crushed by the eventual winners West Indies in the T20 World Cup’s semi-finals.
Virat Kohli – ICC T20 World Cup 2014
India’s star batsman Virat Kohli scored the most runs in the ICC T20 World Cup 2014 held in Bangladesh. Kohli was on a run scoring spree in the 2014 tournament, scoring 319 runs in 6 matches at an average of 106.33 and a strike rate of 129.14. He smashed four half-centuries in the competition, scoring fifties against teams like South Africa and Sri Lanka in the semi-finals and finals respectively. Notwithstanding, India experienced a grievous loss against Sri Lanka in the final.
Tamim Iqbal – ICC T20 World Cup 2016
Bangladesh’s veteran opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was the top run scorer in the 2016 edition of T20 World Cup held in India. The opener edged Virat Kohli as the highest run-getter, Iqbal scored 295 runs in 6 matches with up a chunky average of 73.75 and a solid strike rate of 142.51. Tamim had likewise bagged a T20 ton against Oman in a Group A match. Tragically, Bangladesh couldn’t carry on for a really long time and in the end got defeated in the Super 10’s of the competition.
Babar Azam – ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, frequently compared with Virat Kohli for his batting style, outperformed Australia’s dynamic, power packed opening batsman David Warner to complete as the ace run scorer in T20 World Cup 2021 which was played UAE and Oman. Babar scored 303 runs in 6 matches with an attractive average of 60.60 while he likewise kept a smooth strike rate of 126.25. Azam hit 4 half-centuries in the T20 competition.