The twenty-twenty format revolutionised the world of cricket. It rejuvenated the love for cricket among people and helped the sport regain its popularity. Due to the immense success of the inaugural T20I World Cup, India started its league, called the IPL in the following year. It turned out to be a huge success and players all across the globe enjoy the sport. People love seeing cricket, especially T20 cricket, because of the thrill that they get out of the sixes and fours hit by the batsmen. A T20 match is generally over within a few hours and thus, can be watched by people with a busy day schedule. There are lots of different players, some have the talent of hitting the ball to any part of the game or some have the talent of anchoring an inning, but in this article, we will try to name the top 5 batsmen who can do both and are currently playing T20I cricket. Check sports news today cricket for latest updates.

  1. Babar Azam

The Pakistani T20I captain holds the top rank in both the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings and as well as on our list. Babar was born on 15 October 1994, in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan into a Punjabi Muslim family. Babar played his first international match against Zimbabwe in a One-day international, back on 31 May 2015. 

He represented his country in T20I for the first time on 7 September 2016 in a match against England. Currently, Babar has played a total of 74 T20I matches and scored 2686 runs, including one century and 26 half centuries. He also boasts an incredibly high average of 45.52 and a strike rate of nearly 130. In a match against England, he became the joint-fastest batsman to score 1,500 runs in T20I cricket, reaching the milestone in 39 innings. Babar scored the most number of runs in the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup with 303 runs in just 6 matches at an average and strike rate of 60.60 and 126.25, respectively. 

  1.  Rohit Sharma

The current Indian team captain, Rohit Sharma, is ranked second on our list. Born on 30 April 1987 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India,  Rohit represented India for the first time against South Africa in a 2007 T20 World Cup group match. 

Being an excellent timer of the ball and blessed with an exceptional pull shot, Rohit had struggled in his early phases of international cricket, probably due to the pressure of all the expectations people had for him. Rohit has played the most number of T20I matches than any other player which is 132 matches and has scored a staggering 3487 runs at an average of above 32. Rohit, as an opener of the Indian team, is known for giving blistering starts to his team’s innings and scores at a lightning strike rate of over 140. The 35-year-old has also scored the most number of centuries in T20I cricket with 4 centuries under his name. He has also hit the most number of 4s in T20I cricket. Rohit scored the second-most runs in the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup for India, with 174 runs in 5 matches at an average and strike rate of 34.80 and 151.30, respectively.

  1.  Martin Guptill

The tall New Zealander, Martin Guptill, stands fourth on our list. Guptill was born on 30 September 1986 in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a right-handed batsman. He made his international debut against Australia on 15 February 2009 in a T20I match. At present, he has scored the most number of runs in T20I cricket with a staggering 3497 runs, including 2 centuries and 20 fifties in only 121 matches. The 35-year-old holds the record for the most number of sixes hit in a T20I career and is currently ranked eleventh in Men’s T20I Batting Rankings. Guptill has an impressive strike rate of 135.80 and an average almost touching 32 in T20I cricket. And in the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup, Guptill scored 208 runs, with a top score of 93.

  1.  David Warner

Coming fourth on our list is the Australian batsman, David Warner. The left-handed batsman was born on 27 October 1986 in Paddington, Sydney, Australia. The former limited overs captain of Australia played his first international match against South Africa on 11 January 2009 in a T20I match. Till now, David has scored more than 16,000 runs and played 320 international matches, out of which he has played 91 T20I matches and scored 2,684 runs in T20I cricket. The 35-year-old has a strike rate and average of 140.89 and 33.55, respectively. He has also scored 22 half-centuries and 1 century in the game’s shortest format. In the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup, David Warner was the second-highest run-getter in the tournament with 289 runs in 7 matches, at an average of 48.16 and strike rate of over 146. 

  1.  Jos Buttler

Holding our last spot on the list is the current English team captain in limited-overs cricket, Jos Buttler. Butter was born on 18 September 1990 in Taunton, Somerset, England. He made his debut against India on 31 August 2011 in a T20I match. Currently, he plays as a wicket-keeper batsman and is considered one of the best players in limited-overs cricket. Till now, the English cricketer has played 94 T20I matches and scored 2,227 runs, including one century and fifteen half-centuries, at an average of 32.75 and a strike rate of over 140. In the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup, Buttler was the highest run-getter for England and the overall fourth-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 269 runs in 6 matches at an average of 89.66 and strike rate of above 150. He was also the only player to score the only century of the tournament.

T20 matches tend to go down to the wire and are exciting for cricket fans to watch. This format is the sole reason why cricket has been able to sustain itself as a popular sport. With so many power-hitting players coming up in the game, it is an enthralling time for all cricket lovers.

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