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Top 5 players to finish as highest run-scorer in ICC T20 WC

Top 5 players to finish as highest run-scorer in ICC T20 WC

As the now-familiar sight of MS Dhoni lifting yet another IPL trophy in CSK yellow fades away in the rear-view mirror, all eyes got set on Team India and what the Men in Blue can accomplish in the world stage.

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 group stages get underway on October 17 in the Oman and United Arab Emirates. However, it is not until October 23 that we'll see the big teams take center stage in the Super 12 round.

Now before it starts raining sixes in the games, here's a look at our pick for the top five players who could finish atop the run-scoring charts.

5) Virat Kohli

 Top 5 players to finish as highest run scorer in ICC T20 WC KohliImage @virat.kohli

Having announced that he will surrender as India's T20I captain post, the World Cup will indeed have upped the pressure on Kohli. But, as everyone has seen on numerous occasions previously, as a genuine diamond, the lad from Delhi only seems to flourish when put under the cosh. Despite only lodging 405 runs at an average of 28.92 in IPL 2021, this is still the player who holds the T20I records for, brace yourself… Most player-of-the-series awards (7), Most runs in a career (3159), Highest career batting average (52.65), and Most fifties in a career (28). Need we say more?

4) KL Rahul

 Top 5 players to finish as highest run scorer in ICC T20 WC rahul1Image @klrahul.universee

The stylish opener had a gloomy T20I series against England in March 2021, lodging just 15 runs in four innings, but he came back to form in the recently concluded IPL 2021. Leading Punjab Kings from the front, Rahul recorded 626 runs from just 13 outings, averaging 62.60 and finishing with the most sixes in the IPL 2021 (30). We're looking at a potentially intense opening partnership for Team India if Rahul carries his rich vein into the World Cup 2021.

3) Dawid Malan

 Top 5 players to finish as highest run scorer in ICC T20 WC malanImage @davidmalan29

 

Entering the T20 WC as the number one ranked T20I batsman, the left-hander will be critical to England's chances at the World Cup. As mentioned earlier against India this year, Dawid Malan snatched the record of Fastest to 1000 T20I runs from Babar Azam of Pakistan, taking just 24 innings to get to the point, two fewer than the Pakistani talisman. Since then, his form seems to have sunk on the International stage, but we would not put it past him to get on track to his great going into the big-ticket event.

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2) Babar Azam

 Top 5 players to finish as highest run scorer in ICC T20 WC babarImage @babarazam

 

Leading Team Pakistan as captain this time out, the 27-year-old uber-talented batsman Babar Azam will be keen to take his place. Regardless of seeing one T20I record taken off him by Dawid Malan, the right-hander still claims to be Fastest to 2000 T20I runs (52 innings) and can be uncompromising on his day. With his ability to perceive the boundary with ease all around the ground, Babar Azam will prove a tricky prospect for both bowlers and captains when he takes the crease.

1) Rohit Sharma

 Top 5 players to finish as highest run scorer in ICC T20 WC rohit Image @rohitsharma45

The 'Hitman' was at his extreme best when India took to the World Stage at the 2018 ICC ODI World Cup, and he will be looking to replicate that form in the shorter format. Sharma finished as the highest run-scorer (648) with a stunning five centuries in just nine matches in that tournament, proving again that there are very few who can stop the juggernaut once he gets going. What's more, the Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma also holds the record for most Centuries in T20Is (4) and stands 3rd on the all-time batting record with 2864 runs from 103 T20I innings, a figure he will surely be curious to add to.

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