Ranking the Top 50 Batsmen in T20I Cricket by Strike Rate

Chris Bradshaw@@BradshawCDFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

Ranking the Top 50 Batsmen in T20I Cricket by Strike Rate

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    Scoring quickly is the name of the game in T20I cricket and they don't score any quicker than this lot.

    Featuring outlandish openers, middle-order maestros and tail-end thrashers, these are the biggest hitters in the international game.

    These rankings are purely based on strike rate. There are no points for style nor for classical technique. It all comes down to the numbers.

    Read on to find out who are top 50 fastest scorers in the T20 game. All the batsmen have at least 500 runs to their name.

    All stats come courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.com and are correct up to 3 September 2014.

50. Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)

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    38 T20Is; 503 runs; 19.34 average; 117.24 strike rate

    Sneaking into the list in 50th place is Mushfiqur Rahim. The Bangladeshi batsman is best known for almost single-handedly beating the West Indies in 2011.

    The skipper's unbeaten 41 from 26 balls steered Bangladesh to an unlikely three-wicket win with a ball to spare.

    Rahim has been Bangladesh's most consistent performer in recent times. He has reached at least 17 in nine of his past 10 T20I innings. He's been brisk too, scoring at greater than a run a ball in all but one of those visits to the middle.

49. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

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    54 T20Is; 674 runs; 24.96 average; 118.87 strike rate

    Angelo Mathews is the first Sri Lankan to make the top 50. The bustling all-rounder has a strike rate of 118.87 in the T20 game and is a dangerous hitter lower down the order.

    Nowhere was this more evident than in the 2014 World Twenty 20. Mathews' 43 from 32 balls helped give Sri Lanka just enough to beat South Africa in the group stage. He followed it up with a brisk 40 from 23 in the semi-final win over the West Indies.

    A canny bowler and a fine fielder, Mathews is a dynamic T20I performer.

48. Gautam Gambhir (India)

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    37 T20Is; 932 runs; 27.41 average; 119.02 strike rate

    Gautam Gambhir's performance in the 2007 World Twenty 20 secured his place in the pantheon of Indian cricket.

    The opener's 75 from from 54 balls in the final helped India set a target of 158 which proved too much for arch-rivals Pakistan.

    The rest of Gambhir's T20I career wasn't too shabby either, as 932 runs and a strike rate of 119.02 suggest.

47. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)

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    25 T20Is; 666 runs; 35.05 average; 119.35 strike rate

    Next on the list is Jacques Kallis. Despite scoring oodles of runs in Tests, Kallis was never a particularly fast scorer (45.97 strike rate in the five-day game).

    The all-rounder was capable of changing gears in the T20 game though, as a strike rate of just under 120 suggests.

    Especially harsh on the short ball, Kallis was a consistent performer in the South African middle order for seven years.

    There will be more dynamic performers in the top 50 but for consistent, unfussy runs, Kallis is hard to beat.

46. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

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    56 T20Is; 1382 runs; 31.40 average; 119.55 strike rate

    Kumar Sangakkara comes next in 46th place. Mixing style and substance, the Sri Lankan has been one of the modern game's finest performers.

    The T20I arena is no exception. Sangakkara sits in fifth place on the all-time runs list with 1382. Those runs have come at a decent rate too, with a strike rate of 119.55 runs per 100 balls.

    Sangakkara said goodbye to the T20 game in style. His match-winning innings of 52 not out from 35 balls in the final steered Sri Lanka to the 2014 World Twenty 20 title in April.

45. Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

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    62 T20Is; 1466 runs; 28.74 average; 119.57 strike rate

    Sri Lanka's most capped T20 player, Tillakaratne Dilshan, is next in 45th place. Inventive and daring at the top of the order, Dilshan's unorthodox style often proved a nightmare for bowlers.

    Bowl too short and he'd cut and pull to the boundary. Overpitch and he'd flick it over the wicketkeeper's head.

    In 2011, Dilshan became only the second Sri Lankan to score a T20I century. Destroying an attack that included both Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, Dilshan took just 57 deliveries to smash an unbeaten 104.

    Even at the age of 37, he remains one of the T20 game's premier opening batsmen.


44. Scott Styris (New Zealand)

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    31 T20Is; 578 runs; 21.40 average; 119.66 strike rate

    Gutsy Scott Styris is the first New Zealander on the countdown. His batting style may not have won any beauty contests but it proved mighty effective in the T20 game.

    The combative Kiwi scored 66 from 39 balls against Australia in his maiden T20 appearance. Though he failed to pass 50 again, Styris provided plenty of useful cameos lower down the order.

    A brutal hitter when on-song, Styris is still performing well in the English county game, even at the age of 39.

43. Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

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    50 T20Is; 906 runs; 26.64 average; 120.00 strike rate

    In a West Indian batting line-up that includes powerhouses such as Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard, it's easy to overlook Dwayne Bravo.

    The Trinidadian may lack the raw power of his Caribbean colleagues, but he is an accomplished striker in his own right.

    Bravo has hit 40 sixes and 54 fours in his 50 T20I appearances. His all-round talents were instrumental in the West Indies winning the World Twenty 20 title in 2013.

42. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

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    57 T20Is; 1109 runs; 24.64 average; 120.28 strike rate

    The second Kiwi to feature on the countdown is Ross Taylor. The 30-year-old has been a mainstay in a New Zealand side that often exceeds expectations in the big one-day competitions.

    Strong on both front and back foot, Taylor has the power to clear the rope all round the wicket. In 55 innings for the Black Caps, Taylor has struck 44 sixes and 71 fours and has an overall strike rate of 120.28 runs per 100 balls.

41. Kamran Akmal (Pakistan)

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    54 T20Is; 897 runs; 20.86 average; 120.40 strike rate

    His wicketkeeping may sometimes verge on the ridiculous but Kamran Akmal's T20 batting is often sublime.

    The Pakistani gloveman has more noughts (six) than fifties (five) to his name but when he does fire, it can be spectacular. His 37 in the 2009 World Twenty 20 final helped Pakistan ease home against Sri Lanka.

    Unreliable with the gloves he may be, but Kamran Akmal is a potential match-winner with the bat.

40. David Hussey (Australia)

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    39 T20Is; 756 runs; 22.90 average; 121.34 strike rate

    The first Australian to make the list is David Hussey. His strike rate of 121.34 is good enough for 40th place on the countdown.

    Like brother Michael, David was a late starter in the international game, not making his T20I debut until the age of 30. Hussey junior made the most of his opportunity, putting in a string of good performances in the shortest form of the game.

    A middle-order dasher, Hussey hit 41 fours and 36 sixes in his 39-match T20I career.

39. Marlon Samuels (West Indies)

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    35 T20Is; 834 runs; 29.78 average; 121.75

    We enter the 30s with Marlon Samuels. There have been few limited-overs knocks better than the one Samuels produced in the 2010 World Twenty 20 final against Sri Lanka.

    With the West Indies on the rack, Samuels struck a spectacular 78 from 56 balls. The outrageous knock included six sixes and put his side right back into contention. They duly completed the job with Samuels named Man of the Match.

    The Jamaican has dished out similar thrashings to English, Australian, Indian and Bangladeshi attacks. And this from a man who named Nasser Hussain as his cricketing hero.

38. Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

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    47 T20Is; 1241 runs; 31.82 average; 122.02 strike rate

    When drawing up a list of the biggest hitters in world cricket, Martin Guptill's name doesn't immediately trip off the tongue. It should do though, as the underrated New Zealander is a top T20 talent.

    Guptill is one of only 11 batsmen to have scored a T20I century. His unbeaten 101 against South Africa took just 69 balls and included one of the biggest sixes ever seen.

    A consistent run-scorer, Guptill is a talented, and often overlooked, performer.

37. Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)

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    25 T20Is; 663 runs; 27.62 average; 122.09 strike rate

    The only Afghan to make the top 50 is Mohammad Shahzad. The chunky wicketkeeper batsman has impressed against fellow Associate Member countries but struggled against better opposition.

    Shahzad is best known for the flamboyant "helicopter" flourish which finishes off some of his most outrageous shots.

36. Umar Akmal (Pakistan)

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    56 T20Is; 1221 runs; 27.75 average; 122.10 strike rate

    Umar Akmal joins brother Kamran in the top-50 countdown. Like his older brother, Umar is a devastating striker when in form. The Australians found out just how devastating when he blasted them for 94 runs from just 54 balls during the 2014 World Twenty 20.

    Umar has been a consistent, as well as quick, scorer in T20Is. The 24-year-old is Pakistan's second-leading scorer in T20Is, behind only Mohammad Hafeez.

    With a strike rate of 122.10 runs per 100 balls, Umar can be a serious handful when the mood strikes.



35. Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan)

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    26 T20Is; 666 runs; 27.75 average; 122.42 strike rate

    Ahmed Shehzad enters the list in 35th place. Aggressive at the top of the order, Shehzad was the first Pakistani to score a T20 century.

    The youngster took just 62 balls to smash an unbeaten 111 against Bangladesh at the World Twenty 20 in 2014.

    Shehzad's record contains plenty of cheap dismissals alongside the high scores. When the 22-year-old does get in, he often makes opponents pay, both in quantity and runs and the rate at which they're scored.

34. Hashim Amla (South Africa)

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    26 T20Is; 600 runs; 25.00 average; 122.44 strike rate

    Hashim Amla has hit the fewest sixes of any batsman in the top 50. Despite clearing the rope just nine times in 26 innings, Amla remains a quick scorer.

    Expert at working the ball into gaps, Amla uses placement as well as raw power to accumulate quick runs.

    The South African is well capable of hitting the long ball though. Witness the 22-run over against the Netherlands at the 2014 World Twenty 20.

33. Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe)

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    26 T20Is; 594 runs; 28.28 average; 123.75 strike rate

    The only Zimbabwean to make the top 50 is Brendan Taylor. A clean striker of the ball, Taylor caught the cricket-world's attention at the 2007 World Twenty 20 where his unbeaten 60 helped Zimbabwe shock Australia.

    He's followed that up with further half-centuries against South Africa, New Zealand and most recently, Ireland.

    Taylor remains the prize wicket for teams facing Zimbabwe.

32. Dwayne Smith (West Indies)

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    30 T20Is; 540 runs; 18.62 average; 124.13 strike rate

    The third West Indian on our list is Dwayne Smith. The big-hitting Barbadian has a strike rate of 124.12 in his 30 T20 International appearances.

    Smith has had more misses than hits in recent times, reaching double figures just once in his past four innings.

    When Smith does get going though, he is extremely tough to bowl at. A case in point is a match-winning 72 from 43 balls against Bangladesh at this year's World Twenty 20.

31. JP Duminy (South Africa)

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    55 T20Is; 1342 runs; 37.27 average; 124.48

    The first of a trio of successive South Africans is JP Duminy.

    The left-hander is a consistent scorer in all forms of the game, averaging 36.57 in Tests, 36.68 in ODIs and 37.27 in T20Is. What's remarkable is how his strike rate differs depending on the format.

    A pedestrian 42.83 per 100 balls in Tests rises to 83.38 in ODIs. Best of all are the T20 numbers where his strike rate rises to 124.48.

    Duminy is South Africa's leading T20I run scorer. He has struck 42 sixes and 105 fours in his seven-year T20I career.

30. AB De Villiers (South Africa)

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    57 T20Is; 1007 runs; 22.37 average; 125.24 strike rate

    AB De Villiers is one of the most dangerous hitters in the world game. South Africa's most capped T20 international smashed England out of the 2014 World Twenty 20 with a brutal 69 from just 28 deliveries.

    De Villiers has been Mr Consistency for the Proteas. In his past 16 T20I innings, he's reached double figures 13 times.

    An overall strike rate of 125.24 puts him in 30th place on the list.


29. Faf Du Plessis (South Africa)

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    20 T20Is; 553 runs; 34.56 average; 125.96 strike rate

    The next South African on the list is Faf Du Plessis. After a successful spell in county cricket with Lancashire, Du Plessis made an immediate impression in the international game.

    Named captain of South Africa's T20 side in 2012, Du Plessis has scored his 553 runs at an average of 34.56 and a strike rate of 125.96.

    He remains an integral member of the Proteas' powerful middle order.

28. Rohit Sharma (India)

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    42 T20Is; 739 runs; 30.79 average; 126.10 strike rate

    Rohit Sharma is the second Indian representative on the countdown. Seven hundred and thirty-nine runs at a strike rate of 126.10 puts him in 28th place.

    Sharma's T20I career has been a hit-and-miss affair. Dismissed in single figures 17 times in 35 innings, he makes teams pay when he does get in.

    The 27-year-old impressed at this year's World Twenty 20, scoring rapid-fire half-centuries against Bangladesh and West Indies.

27. Paul Collingwood (England)

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    35 T20Is; 583 runs; 18.80 average; 127.01 strike rate

    Paul Collingwood had the reputation of being a gritty, if not particularly stylish Test batsman. Not qualities that would naturally transfer to T20.

    The Durham all-rounder proved his worth in the shortest form of the game though, scoring 583 runs at a rate of 127.01 runs per 100 balls.

    Collingwood secured his place in the England hall of fame by leading his side to World Twenty 20 glory in 2010.


26. Graeme Smith (South Africa)

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    33 T20Is; 982 runs; 31.67 average; 127.53 strike rate

    982 runs at a rate of 127.53 is good enough to put Graeme Smith in 26th. The long-time South African skipper is also one half of South Africa's most prolific T20 partnership alongside Loots Bosman.

    The burly left-hander was amazingly consistent at the top of the order for the Proteas. Out of 33 innings, Smith failed to reach double figures just five times.

    His best efforts included an unbeaten 89 from 58 balls against Australia in 2006. Perhaps even better was his 88 from 44 balls against England in 2009.

25. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

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    35 T20Is; 752 runs; 22.78 average; 128.10 strike rate

    Bangladesh have been perennial underachievers in the international game. One man who cannot be blamed for their plight is Shakib Al Hasan.

    The all-rounder has performed well in all forms of the game and is the best-placed Bangladeshi on our list.

    Hasan's T20I strike rate is an impressive 128.10. He showed his class once again with a gutsy 84 from 54 balls against Pakistan in the 2014 World Twenty 20.

24. Paul Stirling (Ireland)

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    26 T20Is; 584 runs; 26.54 average; 128.35 strike rate

    Paul Stirling is one of the most dangerous batsmen from the Associate Member countries. The Irishman's 584 runs have come at a strike rate of 128.35 runs per 100 balls.

    The all-rounder impressed in the 2009 World Twenty 20 and has continued to do so in the English county game for Middlesex.

23. Eoin Morgan (England)

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    49 T20Is; 1076 runs; 28.31 average; 128.40 strike rate

    Eoin Morgan gave notice of his talents in just his second T20 International. The left-hander smashed an unbeaten 85 from just 45 balls against South Africa in 2009.

    The Irishman has continued in that rapid-fire manner, scoring at 128.40 runs per 100 balls in his 49 appearances.

    Morgan is second only to Kevin Pietersen in runs scored for England in T20 Internationals.

22. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

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    31 T20Is; 629 runs; 23.29 average; 129.15 strike rate

    Sanath Jayasuriya's bludgeoning style seemed perfectly suited to the T20 game. Fans didn't really get to see the best of the Sri Lankan in the international arena though.

    The left-hander passed 50 just four times in a 31-match career.

    Jayasuriya was devastating on the occasions he did get in though, as a strike rate of 129.15 runs per 100 balls indicates.

21. Virat Kohli (India)

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    27 T20Is; 906 runs; 45.30 average; 129.98 strike rate

    Virat Kohli lived up to his reputation as the golden boy of Indian cricket by being named Man of the Tournament at the 2014 World Twenty 20.

    Three hundred and six runs at a strike rate of 129 runs per 100 balls was a fine return for the man from Delhi.

    Kohli's World Twenty 20 strike rate matches his career figures almost identically. Prolific, quick and very easy on the eye, Kohli is one of the premier operators in the shortest form of the game.


20. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

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    55 T20Is; 1493 runs; 31.76 average; 133.18 strike rate

    Mahela Jayawardene wasn't a particularly fast scorer in the Test game (51.45 strike rate) but showed he could up the pace in T20s.

    Second only to Brendon McCullum in total T20I runs scored, Jayawardene galloped along at a strike rate of 133.18 runs per 100 balls. Prolific and quick, the Sri Lankan is one of the best batsmen the T20 game has seen.

    Class will out.

19. Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)

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    18 T20Is; 521 runs; 28.94 average; 133.58 strike rate

    Kusal Perera has maintained the tradition of a Sri Lankan opener staging an all-out assault on the opposition bowlers. Like Sanath Jayasuriya before him, the left-hander is hyper aggressive at the crease as a strike rate of 133.58 would suggest.

    The 24-year-old was a regular in the Sri Lankan line-up that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty 20 competition. He has failed to reach double figures just three times in 18 innings to date.

18. Michael Lumb (England)

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    27 T20Is; 552 runs; 21.23 average; 133.65 strike rate

    England were rank outsiders heading into the 2010 World T20 in the Caribbean. Paul Collingwood's side confounded the doubters though, helped in large part by the novice opening partnership of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb.

    Though his top score in the competition was just 33, Lumb regularly gave England a flier at the start of the innings.

    That's an ideal description of his T20I career. Lumb doesn't often make a big score but the runs he does get come at a rapid rate.

17. Cameron White (Australia)

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    44 T20Is; 918 runs; 31.65 average; 133.81 strike rate

    It's no surprise to see Cameron White make the top 50. The Victorian has been a mainstay in the Australian T20 line-up since 2007.

    Though White's leg-spin may have faltered in the shortest form of the game, his batting has more than made up for it.

    Nine hundred and eighteen runs at an average of 31.65 with a strike rate of 133.81 runs per 100 balls is a fine return in a 44-match career.

    White's most spectacular effort was an unbeaten 64 from 26 balls in 2010. That knock included five fours and five sixes as the Aussies matched the Kiwi total of 214.

16. Jos Buttler (England)

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    36 T20Is; 506 runs; 22.00 average; 134.57 strike rate

    Jos Buttler is one of the most exciting talents in world cricket today. A brutal driver who can also play the dabs and scoops, Buttler can make even the best attacks look silly.

    That method has served him well so far. After 36 appearances, the England wicketkeeper has 506 runs to his name at an average of 22.00 and a strike rate of 134.57 runs per 100 balls.

    A lengthy international career awaits for the West Country man.

15. Imran Nazir (Pakistan)

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    25 T20Is; 500 runs; 21.72 average; 135.13 strike rate

    Imran Nazir is 15th on the list of fastest-scoring batsman in T20 Internationals. The Pakistani scored at a rate of 135.13 runs per 100 balls in a career that took in 25 matches.

    Highly aggressive at the start of the innings, especially off the back foot, Nazir passed 50 on three occasions.

    His most memorable innings arguably came against India in the 2007 World T20. Nazir hit four fours and two sixes in a 14-ball 33 in Johannesburg.

14. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

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    70 T20Is; 2105 runs; 35.67 average; 135.28 strike rate

    Brendon McCullum is, by a distance, the leading run scorer in T20 International history. The first man to top 2,000 T20I runs did so with an impressive strike rate of 135.28 runs per 100 balls.

    On his day, McCullum is one of the most destructive batsmen on the planet. Capable of destroying even the best attacks, the New Zealander is the only man to score two T20I centuries.

    It's always a relief for the opposition captain when McCullum is safely back in the hutch.

13. Chris Gayle (West Indies)

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    43 T20Is; 1239 runs; 32.60 average; 135.55 strike rate

    Surprisingly low down the rankings comes Chris Gayle. The West Indian opener is one of the cleanest strikers in the game and scores his runs at 135.55 runs per 100 balls.

    Gayle was the first batsman to score a century in a T20 International and remains extremely dangerous. Few players can destroy attacks in quite such spectacular style as an on-song Chris Gayle.

    His 54 from 33 balls against Australia in the 2012 World T20 was a prime example, featuring five fours and four sixes.

12. Suresh Raina (India)

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    43 T20Is; 922 runs; 32.92 average; 135.78 strike rate

    Suresh Raina has managed what eluded Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. Namely, he has scored a century in a T20 International. And what a century it was, coming off just 60 deliveries against a South African attack that included Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis.

    Raina is a veteran in the T20 arena having played in India's first-ever international against South Africa in 2006.

    In the 42 matches that have followed, the left-hander has scored his runs at a brisk 135.78 runs per 100 balls.

11. Michael Hussey (Australia)

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    38 T20Is; 721 runs; 37.94 average; 136.29 strike rate

    A strike rate of just over 50 in Test cricket didn't suggest that Michael Hussey would be a dasher in the shortest form of the game.

    Mr. Cricket went on to be just that, scoring his runs at the extremely healthy rate of 136.29 runs per 100 balls.

    The left-hander could be especially devastating against spin bowling. That was most evident in the semi-final of the 2010 World Twenty 20. With Pakistan seemingly coasting to victory, Hussey smashed 60 from just 24 balls to steer the Aussies to the final.

10. Luke Wright (England)

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    51 T20Is; 759 runs; 18.97 average; 137.00 strike rate

    Just three runs from his first three innings didn't augur well for Luke Wright's international T20 credentials. Since that inauspicious start, Wright has gone on to win 51 T20I caps for England, second only to Stuart Broad.

    As a batting average of under 19 would suggest, Wright hasn't been a prolific run scorer. When he has got in, he's scored his runs quickly though. With a strike rate of 137 runs per 100 balls, it's often all or nothing for the Sussex all-rounder.

    When he gets it right (excuse the pun) he can be great to watch.

9. Alex Hales (England)

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    32 T20Is; 1022 runs; 37.85 average; 137.73 strike rate

    India had Virender Sehwag. The West Indies had Chris Gayle. Australia had David Warner. Would the English county system ever produce a similarly destructive opening batsman? The answer was yes. Step forward Alex Hales.

    After a couple of near misses, Hales scored his maiden T20I century in spectacular style at the 2014 World Twenty 20. The Nottinghamshire opener smashed an unbeaten 116 from just 64 balls to give England an unlikely win over eventual winners Sri Lanka.

    Scoring his T20I runs at 137.73 runs per 100 balls, England fans will be hoping he can reproduce that form in the 50-over game.

8. David Warner (Australia)

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    51 T20Is; runs 1391; 28.38 average; 138.96 strike rate

    David Warner started his international career in spectacular style smashing 89 from just 43 balls against a classy South African attack. His assault was all the more remarkable given that he hadn't yet made his first-class debut.

    The hard-hitting left-hander has continued in that aggressive manner. Warner has scored his runs at 138.96 runs per 100 balls and has 10 half-centuries to his name.

    The 27-year-old is Australia's leading T20 international run scorer.

7. Kevin Pietersen (England)

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    37 T20Is; 1176 runs; 37.93 average; 141.51 strike rate

    England's fastest run-scorer in T20 internationals is Kevin Pietersen. In 37 T20 internationals, KP cleared the rope 32 times and added another 119 fours.

    The highlight of Pietersen's T20 career was undoubtedly his Man of the Series performance in the 2010 World T20.

    His 47 from just 31 balls in the final against Australia went a long way towards England's first international limited overs tournament win.

6. Albie Morkel (South Africa)

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    49 T20Is; 572 runs, 21.18 average; 142.28 strike rate

    A bowler who can also change the game with the bat is a great asset for a captain. In Albie Morkel, South Africa have one such player.

    The left-hander certainly doesn't mess around when he gets to the crease, scoring at a rate of 142.28 per 100 balls.

    Morkel, who hasn't registered a T20I 50, specialises in rapid-fire cameos. His 16 from just three balls against India in 2012 being a perfect example.

5. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

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    74 T20Is; 1112 runs; 19.17 average; 144.04 average

    The man with the highest strike rate in ODI cricket is no slouch in the T20 game either. Shahid Afridi scores at a rate of 144.04 runs per 100 balls in the shortest form of the game.

    Extremely dangerous at the business end of proceedings, Afridi has 46 sixes and 89 fours to his name.

    He may not fire consistently but when he does, it makes for explosive viewing.

    The Pakistani was also the first man to play in 50 T20 Internationals.

4. Yuvraj Singh (India)

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    40 T20Is; 968 runs; 31.22 average; 144.69 strike rate

    One of the few batsmen to have hit more sixes (66) than fours (64), Yuvraj has been one of the best performers in the T20I game.

    The Indian all-rounder holds the record for the fastest 50 in T20 history at just 12 balls. Stuart Broad was on the receiving end of the historic blast, being smashed for six sixes in an over at the 2007 World Twenty 20.

    Yuvraj was consistent as well as brutal, passing 50 eight times in 37 visits to the middle, all at an impressive strike rate of 144.69.

3. Shane Watson (Australia)

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    45 T20Is; 1074 runs; 26.85 average; 146.32 strike rate

    At 33 years of age, Shane Watson may be approaching veteran status. The Australian remains one of the most dangerous hitters in the world game.

    Watson has hit more T20 sixes, 66, than any other Australian. Alongside David Warner, he also holds the record for the most fifties by an Aussie with 10.

    Throw in his bowling and he is one of the most versatile performers in the T20 arena.


2. Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

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    40 T20Is; 594 runs; 22.14 average; 146.56 strike rate

    It took a while for Kieron Pollard to find his feet in the T20 game. The West Indian reached double figures just three times in his first 13 innings.

    Patience was rewarded though as Pollard has gone on to produce some spectacular performances in the middle order.

    The Trinidadian has saved much of his best work for the Australians. Pollard smashed five sixes in a 26-ball 54 in St Lucia. Even better was his 38 from just 15 balls which helped the West Indies to a 74-run over the Aussies in the 2012 World Twenty 20 semi-final.


1. Aaron Finch (Australia)

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    18 T20Is; 660 runs; 41.25 average; 156.76 strike rate

    Top of the lot is Aaron Finch. A century and five fifties is a fine return in 18 T20I matches. Even more impressive is the fact that Aaron Finch has scored his runs at an eye-popping strike rate of 156.76.

    Pommie fans might have asked "Aaron who?" when the Victorian made his first T20I appearance in England in 2013. Sixty-three balls, 11 fours and 14 sixes later, Finch was a world-record holder, after smashing an amazing 156 from just 63 balls.

    The 27-year-old remains one of the most dangerous and spectacularly entertaining batsmen in the world in the shorter forms of the game.