Top 5 Batsmen with Most Runs in a Single Edition of T20 World Cup

Most Runs in a Single Edition of T20 World Cup

Most Runs in a Single Edition of T20 World Cup

In every edition of a world cup, we see a batsman wreaking havoc and taking bowlers on a leather hunt. The recently concluded 50-over 2019 world cup belonged to Rohit Sharma, while in 2015 edition, Martin Guptill lit the stadiums with his flamboyant strokeplay.

Talking about T20s, Chris Gayle started the inaugural world cup with a stellar century, while Mathew Hayden ended the season as the highest run-getter.

One good thing about world cups is that every edition we witness a different player rocking the tournament with his stellar display of batting and in this article we look at the top 5 batsmen with the most number of runs in a single edition of T20 World Cup:

#1. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Arguably, the world’s greatest batsman in the current era, Virat Kohli sits right at the top. The Indian skipper enjoyed a stellar season in the 2014 edition of the T20 World Cup. The run-machine outplayed everyone in that season; however, despite his performances, he couldn’t help India win the title. Kohli, in the 2014 edition of the world cup, amassed 318 runs in 6 matches at an average of 106.33 and strike rate of 128.14.

#2. Tillakaratne Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan

The Sri Lankan opener had an equally successful tournament in the 2009 edition in which he scored 317 runs with the highest score of 96 not out. Tillakaratne Dilshan struck three half-centuries in that season and averaged 52 with the bat.

Dilshan helped his team in giving great starts and played a valiant role in taking Sri Lanka to the final of the tournament.

Dilshan boasts of an outstanding international career. He has represented Sri Lanka in 330 one-day internationals, in which he has scored 10,290 runs at an average of 39.3.

The former Sri Lankan skipper has 38 centuries and 70 half-centuries to his name in international cricket.

#3. Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene

The former Sri Lankan legendary cricketer wreaked havoc in the 2010 edition of the T20 World Cup. Mahela Jayawardene ended the season as the highest run-scorer with 302 runs in just 6 innings. He averaged 60.40 in that edition.

Normally, a player who would be content with single, doubles and fours, Jayawardene struck 11 sixes in the tournament and played with a strike rate of 159.79.

A man who knows how to convert the fifties into big innings, Jayawardene has 53 centuries to his name in international cricket. In his 448-match ODI career, Mahela has scored 12,650 runs at an average of 33.4.

#4. Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal

Arguably, the best opening batsman Bangladesh cricket has ever produced, Tamim Iqbal sits at the fourth in the list of most runs by any batsman in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. Tamim amassed 295 runs in six innings in the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup at an average of 73.73 with a half-century and century each to his name.

Tamim’s knock of 103 off 63 balls against Oman was one of the highlights of that particular edition.

Overall, the left handed-batsman has scored 7202 runs in 207 one-day internationals he has played so far. In 60 test matches, Tamim has 4405 runs to his name which includes nine centuries and 27 half-centuries.

#5. Virat Kohli


The second-best season in T20 World Cup for Virat Kohli came in the 2016 edition where he scored 273 runs in five innings.

The Indian skipper batted with an outstanding average of 136.50 and a strike rate of 144.80.

Having played 248 one-day internationals and 86 tests so far, Virat Kohli has made a plethora of records and looks the obvious choice to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most number of runs in international cricket.