Twenty20 world cup 2010 is now knocking at the door and cricket fans around the world are now excited to experience another highly entertaining tournament. Twenty20 is the shortest version of cricket and it has been the latest craze in world cricket with the fans and players are attracted towards it. The most important thing is that twenty20 cricket is time consuming, but full of entertainment. ICC world twenty20 is the premier tournament on this format. So far, two twenty20 world cup tournaments took place with
There were many who starred in the first two tournaments. Now, ahead of ICC world twenty20 2010, we have decided to present you a list of top ten batsmen of twenty20 world cup. Well, before going through the list, I would like to tell you that I chose the batsmen on the basis of their total runs, averages, strike rates and contribution to the success of their teams. Having said that, this is my personal opinions and you do not necessarily need to agree with me.
The hard-hitting Sri Lankan opener is currently the highest run scorer of twenty20 world cup with 382 runs at an average of 42.44 from 12 games. Most importantly, Dilshan scored these runs at a strike rate of 140.44. In fact, his high-flying form was instrumental behind Sri Lanka’s appearance in the world cup final in 2009 and he was awarded the player of the tournament award for scoring tournament highest 317 runs. Actually, Dilshan’s rise as a big-hitting opener started from the 2009 t20 world cup which proved to be a turning point of his career. His aggressive nature in batting along with excellent timing has made him one of the fearsome batsmen in the world.
Pietersen has always known as a big hitter since his rise in international cricket and his performance in the previous two world twenty20 tournaments proves that. The dashing middle order batsman is ranked fourth in the list of highest run scorers of world twenty20 with 332 runs from 9 games. What surprised me is that he scored so many runs maintaining an average over 35 and a strike rate over 150. Only Gayle and Symonds have such records among the highest scorers of twenty20 world cup. Playing 9 games, Pietersen hit 36 fours and 10 sixes.
One of the top limited over batsmen, Yuvraj Singh, played a big role in
The diminutive Indian opener was another player who helped
The Pakistani middle order batsman appeared as a surprise package in 2007 twenty20 world cup and guided his team to the tournament final. No doubt, that was the turning point of his career as his performance in that particular tournament helped him retain his place in one day and test squads. Now, he is the ninth highest run scorer of twenty20 world cup with 300 runs from 14 matches at a strike rate of over 130. However, the most important thing is that his batting average of 42.85 is one of the best in world twenty20. Misbah has 2 half centuries to his credit and hit 22 fours and 11 sixes. As a player his biggest strength is that he remains calm and poised while batting under pressure and can finish the game with great responsibility. Out of 11 innings he batting in, Misbah-ul-Haq remained not out in 4, which proves that he is a very good finisher.
Mathew Hayden played only 6 matches in twenty20 world cup as he retired from international cricket before 2009 world t20. However, 6 matches were enough for the big-hitting opener to prove his destructive quality as a batsman. The former Australian star scored 4 half centuries playing in 6 matches, and in total, he has 265 runs at a remarkable average of 88.33 and a strike rate of 144.80. He hit 32 fours and 10 sixes meaning 3 fours and a six per match.
When it comes to hard hitting batting, Jayasuria does not need any introduction. He revolutionized the modern day batting in limited over cricket. Even at the age of near 40, his batting is as effervescent as before. His performance in 2 twenty20 world cup tournaments gives evidence to this fact. The left hander scored 331 runs from 12 matches with 3 half centuries to his credit. On the way, he also maintained a strike rate of 132. In total, Jayasuria hit 39 fours and 12 sixes. His highest score is 88 against
The Pakistani middle order batsman may not fall in the group of hard hitters like Gayle, Sehwag or Hayden, but he has proven that hard hitting is not always the final word in twenty20 cricket. Malik is now the third highest run scorer in twenty20 world cup with 339 runs at an average of 33.90 with 2 half centuries. His strike rate of 115 may raise some question about his quality as a twenty20 batsman. However, you can not deny the fact that he remained not out in 4 innings out of 14 in twenty20 world cup and it proves him as a good finisher who can carry no his innings and on the way guide his team to the target.