Those who have scored the most runs in Men's T20 World Cup history

Posted by Xchange Tickets on October 10th, 2022

Every T20 World Cup has been highlighted by batting greats and has shown batting greatness on the biggest platforms.

Each ICC Men's T20 World Cup since its establishment has seen a new talent emerge to claim the title of best run scorer.

A team's success in the event has frequently been attributed to bat brilliance combined with consistency. Looking at the T20WC's past records, the list indicates that the players on it will be among the best.

Here we take a look at the highest run-getter from every edition of the T20 World Cup.

Matthew Hayden (2007 T20 World Cup)

In the Australia lineup, Matthew Hayden is a strong and scary presence. He wrecked havoc in the first South Africa tournament by hammering the most boundaries (32 fours and 10 sixes) and scoring 265 runs in six games.

As he hit an unbroken 67* (43) against rivals England in the second game, the 'vintage Hayden' was on display, stepping down the track and going over the inner circle regardless of pace or spin.

Hayden, who had a pattern of going unblemished in run-chases throughout the competition, dominated Bangladesh this time with a score of 73 off 48 balls. He then led Australia to a semifinal match against India with a score of 58 off 38 balls against Sri Lanka.

When chasing a spot in the finals, Hayden was once more right in the thick of things. He struck 62 off 47 deliveries but was ultimately castled by S Sreesanth, which contributed to India prevailing.

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Tillakaratne Dilshan (2009 T20 World Cup)

Dilshan was leagues ahead of his rivals and was named Player of the Tournament, making him the top hitter in the competition.

Big smashes and huge sixes are frequently used to add excitement to T20 cricket, but Dilshan's skill at seeing openings and audaciously "Dil-scooping" the ball—finding the boundary 50 times—surpassed the second-most players by 18. (Jacques Kallis).

Dilshan was involved in the action right away, scoring back-to-back half-centuries, yet his first Player of the Match triumph in the competition came against Pakistan when he struck 46 off 39 balls.

In the semi-final, Dilshan's 96 not out off 57 balls allowed Sri Lanka, who had gone undefeated through the group stage, secure a spot in the final against Pakistan.

Mahela Jayawardena (2010 T20 World Cup)

With his 81 off 51 balls against New Zealand in Sri Lanka's opening game, Jayawardena, an established player in the team's ranks, made a strong first impression. His efforts were in fruitless, though, as New Zealand won by two wickets.

After that, Sri Lanka's first and only century of the T20 World Cup was scored by the first batsman against Zimbabwe, who did it in 100 off 64 pitches. Then, against West Indies, he came just two runs short of scoring another hundred to complete a hat-trick of fifty-plus scores.

Unfortunately, Sri Lanka's chances of making the final were diminished by a spate of poor results in the second half of the competition.

Shane Watson (2012 T20 World Cup)

In the 2012 version, Watson was the Player of the Tournament and was at his most devastating.

His performance with the bat remained unaffected despite a hefty workout with the ball. The all-rounder scored 249 runs at 49.80 and a 150 strike rate while opening the batting, including three fifty-plus scores.

Watson struck a magnificent 51 from 30 balls in Australia's opening match. With a quick-fire 41* off 24 balls and a commanding 72 off 42 deliveries against India, the hot streak continued. In the ensuing game against South Africa, where he scored yet another half-century, his prime continued.

His efforts, however, were only enough to help Australia advance to the semifinals, where they fell to eventual champion West Indies.

Virat Kohli (2014 T20 World Cup)

In the 2014 event, India's legendary batsman Virat Kohli was at the top of his game. The opposition had no answers for Kohli, who proved to be a powerful force.

Kohli scored 319 runs, including four half-centuries, in just six games. His runs were completed at an incredible 106.33 average and a consistent 129.14 strike rate.

However, Kohli's contribution to India's quest for a second ICC Men's T20 World Cup Trophy came short in the championship match against Sri Lanka, when he scored an exceptional 77 runs off 58 balls.

Tamim Iqbal (2016 T20 World Cup)

The Bangladesh southpaw had a memorable campaign that solidified his status as a formidable white-ball batter. His blade's fireworks guaranteed Bangladesh's entry into the tournament's Super 10 round.

He came out swinging, flamboyantly starting the innings. Iqbal played a hand of 83* in the first game against the Netherlands that sealed the victory.

The century against Oman, though, was the pinnacle of his campaign. Iqbal's performance of 103 from 63 balls helped the team accomplish a challenging goal.

Unfortunately, Bangladesh struggled to get going in the group stage, losing all of their matches.

Babar Azam (2021 T20 World Cup) 

class, reliability, and candour. The audience was enthralled by Azam's graceful drives and versatility every time he came out to bat.

Azam and Mohammad Rizwan had an unbroken 152-point partnership as they helped Pakistan defeat India for the first time in the T20 World Cup.

The first player went on to score three additional hundreds until Pakistan was eliminated by Australia in a gripping match in the semifinals.

Along with Virat Kohli (2014) and Hayden (2012), Babar holds the record for the most half-centuries (four) in a single edition of the competition (2007).

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