The Highest Run Scorers in T20 World Cup History


Every batsman gets a chance to showcase their true brilliance during the major cricket tournaments in the world. With thousands of fans hoping for their favorite player to mark their history. Even every edition of the T20 World Cup witnessed the brilliance of a batsman. Here is a complete list of the Highest Run Scorers in T20 World Cup ever.

For many years, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been a feature event. With each edition, a new player has emerged as the greatest run scorer to claim the title of the world’s best.

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Highest Run Scorers in T20

When excellent batsmanship is combined with consistency, it has been proven to be one of the most important aspects of a team’s tournament success. Based on the history of the T20WC, it is clear that this list consists of a top group of players representing the very best.

As the table below shows, each edition of the T20 World Cup has produced its own top-run-scorer.


There’s no question that Matthew Hayden made a powerful contribution to Australia’s batting line-up. In the first edition of the event in South Africa, hitting the most boundaries (32 fours and 10 sixes) and scoring 265 runs in six games.

Hayden played the ‘traditional Hayden’ in the second match of the competition. Walking down the track and going over the inner circle regardless of pace or spin, scoring an unbeaten 67 against the English team.

As Hayden attempted to reach the finals, he scored an impressive 62 off 47 deliveries, the second-highest total of his career. However, he was eventually bowled by Sreesanth, resulting in India winning the match.

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Best career performance

Mathew Hayden Career best performance – ScoreMatch
Test380Australia v Zimbabwe
ODI181New Zealand v Australia
T20I73Australia v Bangladesh
FC380Australia v Zimbabwe
LA181New Zealand v Australia

2. Tillakaratne Dilshan – 2009

Dilshan was by far the best batter in the competition, receiving the Player of the Tournament title for his efforts in leading his side to victory.

Dilshan’s remarkable ability to find gaps daringly has been overshadowed in the arena of T20 cricket, which is becoming increasingly exciting with big shots and massive sixes, by his excellence in finding the boundary 50 times. Which are 18 more times than his second-most counterpart (Jacques Kallis).

Sri Lanka was riding high on confidence following an unbeaten group stage when they arrived in the semi-finals when Dilshan’s 96 off 57 balls gave them a chance to advance to the final against Pakistan after going undefeated through the group stages.

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Tillakaratne DilshanCareer Stats – T20I (Batting)
Average 28.19

3. Mahela Jayawardena as the highest run scorer in T20 World Cup – 2010


Jayawardena, a senior batsman who has been a member of Sri Lanka’s squad for nearly a decade, made an immediate impression in their first match after his arrival, blasting 81 off 51 balls against New Zealand. Despite his efforts, New Zealand won the game by two wickets, therefore his efforts were useless.

Against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka’s opening batsman scored their first and only century of the T20 World Cup, 100 off 64 deliveries, which was also the tournament’s first and only century for Sri Lanka. Then, against the West Indies, he came within two runs of completing a hat-trick of fifty-plus scores, falling just two runs close of hitting another hundred.

Sri Lanka’s chances of reaching the competition final were crushed by a series of low scores in the tournament’s second half.

Records in the T20 Internationals

  • The first Sri Lankan to score a T20 international century.
  • Only Sri Lankan to have scored a century in T20 World Cups.

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4. Shane Watson in T20 World Cup – 2012

Watson, at his most aggressive stage. He was named Player of the Competition in the 2012 edition of the tournament.

Despite a heavy effort with the ball, his bat performance remained unaffected throughout the game. During the innings, as the all-rounder batted first, he scored 249 runs at a strike rate of 150 and recorded 249 runs at 49.80.

Watson hit 51 off 30 deliveries in Australia’s first test match, setting the tone for the series. The colorful form continued against the Indian squad, as he scored 41 off 24 balls, followed by a crushing 72 off 42 innings. The rest of his career continued not only against South Africa but also against England, where he hit another half-century.

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His career best performance

Shane WatsonCareer best performance – ScoreMatch
Test176Australia v England
ODI185Australia v Bangladesh
T20I124Australia v India
FC203Hampshire v Warwickshire
LA124Australia v India

5. Virat Kohli – 2014


When India’s batting superstar Virat Kohli was at the top of his game during the 2014 edition of the competition, he was at his   best. The opponents had no response for Kohli, who proved to be a powerful player.

Kohli’s four half-centuries helped him to score 319 runs in just six matches. His runs were completed at an extraordinary rate, with an average of 106.33 runs per game and an incredible strike rate of 129.14 runs per game.

It is sad that Kohli was unable to contribute to India’s efforts to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup for the second time. Kohli scored 77 runs off 58 balls in the final versus Sri Lanka, an amazing score that stood out from the rest.

T20I Statistics

Virat KholiCareer Stats – T20I (Batting)
Average 50.84

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6. Tamim Iqbal as the highest run scorer in T20 World Cup – 2016

During a recent competition in the Dominican Republic, the Bangladesh lefty proved himself as a deadly white-ball batter. Bangladesh was assured of their qualification to the Super 10 stage of the championship.

He began the innings with a bang, displaying showmanship and a hard-hitting aim. Iqbal led the team to victory in the first match against the Netherlands with a match-winning hand of 83.

T20I Statistics

Tamim IqbalCareer Stats – T20I (Batting)
Average 24.08

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7. Babar Azam as the highest run scorer in T20 World Cup – 2021

Azam scored a key half-century in Pakistan’s first T20 World Cup victory over India, in which he shared an undefeated 152-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan.

After the opener produced three more fifties, Pakistan lost to Australia in the tournament’s semi-finals in an exciting game. He became among the highest run scorers in T20 last year.

Among the three players who have scored the most half-centuries in a single tournament, Babar shares the record (four) with Virat Kohli (2014) and Hayden (2007).

Nothing is more important than class, consistency, and honesty. The grace of Azam’s drives and his ability to switch gears as he came onto the field mesmerized the fans whenever he walked out to bat.

T20I career stats

Babar AzamCareer Stats – T20I (Batting)
Average 44.22

The players mentioned above presently taking part in the ICC T20 World Cup still have more chances to make history behind their names. The upcoming cricket tournament will provide them with making it to the Highest Run Scorers in T20 World Cup.

The tournament will take place in Australia this year, starting on the 16th of October. Let’s see how the players perform and whether become worthy of making it to the list again.

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