Top 5 Batsmen to score 2000 T20Is Runs: T20 is the most widely followed format of Cricket which has successfully garnered the interest of spectators over the years. To make ‘name & fame’ in the T20 format is not an easy task as the player needs to be consistent & prolific in terms of their performance. T20 is considered a batsman-friendly format with scoring runs being the necessity of the game. The prime motto of the T20 game is scoring runs at a brisk pace. Most of the batsmen who have performed exceptionally in cash-rich T20 leagues & tournaments often failed to deliver in the International circuit due to a lack of consistency.
Consistency is the key to success in T20 cricket as it is a game of margin. Thus consistency can help the player & overall team to perform well in this format. Proper shot selection along with power-hitting capability together has helped various batsmen to achieve consistency & success in T20 Cricket.
Here we have listed down the players who have been consistent while playing T20 Cricket & have successfully reached the milestone of 2000 T20Is runs. Let’s have a look at the top 5 fastest batsmen to score 2000 runs in T20Is by leaving their impression on World Cricket!
1) Babar Azam: 2000 Runs in 52 Innings
Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam dethroned his Indian Counterpart Virat Kohli to become the fastest batsmen to score 2000 T20I runs. Azam achieved this remarkable feat in his 52nd T20I Innings during the third T20I against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. He achieved this feat in 4 years & 230 days since his debut. Before the third T20I, Azam was just 17 runs away from the landmark of 2000 T20I runs. He reached the desirable milestone by hitting a boundary off Ryan Burl’s delivery on the second ball of the 13th over in the third T20I. Babar scored 52 runs off 46 balls to help Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in the deciding T20I by 24 runs.
Babar Azam is one of the best batsmen in the shortest format of Cricket which is evident from his gleaming records in T20 Cricket. Azam is currently enjoying the second spot in the ICC T20I Rankings & is doing a stupendous job as a limited-overs series Captain of Pakistan. Recently he registered 210 runs in the four T20Is played against South Africa at an impressive average of 52.50 & a stunning strike rate of 143.83.
2) Virat Kohli: 2000 runs in 56 Innings
The run machine ‘King Kohli’ is the second-fastest batsman to score 2000 T20I runs. Whether it’s T20I format or ODI format, the Indian Team Captain is very fond of making newer batting records with his staggering batting performances. When it comes to T20I Cricket, Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the business.
He has reached the milestone of 2000 T20I runs on July 3, 2018, while playing a match against England in Manchester. Kohli scored the 2000th T20I run in just 56 innings after playing 60 T20I matches. It took him 8 years & 21 days since his debut to reach this extraordinary milestone. Kohli scored unbeaten 20 runs off 22 balls to help India register a glorious victory against England while chasing the target of 160 runs. Till now Virat Kohli has played a total of 90 T20Is in which he has scored an aggregate of 3159 runs at a firing strike rate of over 138 at a phenomenal average of over 50. Virat Kohli is among the few batsmen in the World to enjoy a 50 plus average in all three formats of Cricket.
3) Aron Finch: 2000 runs in 62 Innings
The batsman who has amazed the world with his stunning batting skills is Australia’s limited-overs Captain Aron finch. Finch has been in outstanding form in the T20I Cricket.
Riding on the back of blistering knocks with the bat, Aron Finch has become the third fastest batsman to score 2000 T20I runs. It took him 62 innings & 62 matches to achieve the desirable milestone of 2000 T20I runs. He registered the 2000th T20I run on 4th September 2020 while playing against England in Southampton. In Australia’s chase of 163 runs, Aron Finch scored 46 runs off 32 balls. However, his efforts went in vain as his side lost to England after failing to chase the target of 163 runs set by the opponents.
Aron Finch has the record for registering the highest score in T20I cricket by scoring his career-best 172 runs against Zimbabwe in the year 2018, surpassing his 156 runs record that he registered against England in 2013. in 2013, he smashed iconic 14 sixes on his way to scoring a record-breaking 156 runs in just 63 balls. In 2015, Aron Finch has also achieved the spectacular feat of scoring 1000 runs in the Big bash League when he scored 65 runs off 45 balls for the Melbourne Renegades team in BBL’s 5th edition. Australia has attained a ‘newer height of success’ in the limited-overs series under the leadership of Aron Finch.
4) Brendon McCullum: 2000 Runs in 66 Innings
Destructive Black Caps Opener Batsman Brendon McCullum has shown the world how to make batting in the T20I format an easy task. Regarded as one of the cleanest strikers of all time, McCullum has attained heights of success in the T20 format of cricket. McCullum is just unstoppable in T20I format & his aggressive batting strategy has helped him to become the fourth-fastest batsman to score 2000 runs in T20Is. McCullum took just 66 innings & played 67 matches to score 2000 T20I runs. Placed fourth on the list, McCullum was the first-ever batsman to pass the 2000 T20I runs milestone in T20 Cricket.
McCullum has achieved the incredible feat of 2000 T20I runs during a World T20 game at Chattogram against the Netherlands on March 29, 2014. While chasing a target of 152 runs, MCCullum’s stunning knock of 65 runs off 45 balls helped New Zealand to register a crucial win against Netherland. He was also awarded the ‘man of the match award for his gutsy knock. McCullum made his T20 debut on February 17 2005 & it took him 9 years & 40 days to achieve the 2000 T20I runs mark. Brendon has ended his T20I career by scoring 2,140 runs in 71 T20I matches at an average of 35.66 & a firing strike rate of over 135.
5) Martin Guptill: 2000 Runs in 68 Innings
Another Kiwi batsman who has taken the world by storm from his targeted batting strategy is brilliant batsman Marti Guptill. Martin has been turning the heads around with his big hitting capabilities. His terrific hand-eye coordination & ability to read the bowlers mind has helped him to become a leading batsman in T20Is. Martin Guptill always try to smash the bowlers for maximums & boundaries making him one of the top rated batsman of the T20 Cricket.
Guptill has always been among the frontline batsmen for Kiwi which helped him to become the fifth fastest batsman to score 2000 T20I runs. Martin has scored his 2000th T20I run while playing a match against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui on 28th January 2018. He played 68 innings from 70 matches to reach the milestone of 2000 T20I runs. Pakistan set a mammoth target of 181 runs & while chasing a huge target of 182 runs, Martin registered a blistering knock of 59 runs from 43 balls by hitting 4 consecutive sixes. However all his efforts went fruitless as New Zealand failed to chase the target & lost the match against Pakistan.
These are the top 5 batsmen to score the fastest 2000 runs in T20Is by displaying spectacular performance with the bat. They are truly the ‘Legends of T20 Cricket’.
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