T20 is the shortest form of cricket, with 20 overs each for the two teams. This format of cricket developed after the need for speed in cricket was felt at the international level. The England and Wales Cricket Board can be given credit for the introduction of this format in 2003 for the Inter-county competition. Later the International Cricket Council (ICC) For a typical T20 game, two and half hours is sufficient. Each innings gets completed within one hour and ten minutes approximately. The fast-paced gaming format has been embraced by cricket lovers all across the globe.
The limited overs of the T20 matches put a lot of pressure upon the players to perform within the stipulated period. A new generation of skilled players has emerged who have the requisite talent to excel in the limited 20 overs of the cricket match. The following list of batters highlights the skills of some of the T20 ranking batsman.
- Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan’s rise through the ranks of International Cricket is no less than a fairy tale. During the initial years, it was thought that Rizwan would not be able to make a mark in International cricket. His batting skills were limited and he was best trusted for his wicket-keeping skills. Gradually, Rizwan proved all his critics to be wrong by cementing his position as the indispensable wicketkeeper for the Pakistan national team. He worked hard into developing his batting skills and on the Pakistan tour to England he smashed a pair of half-centuries. Despite his improvement, he was thought to be unsuitable for the t20 format. He knocked all negative reviews about himself out by not only playing the game but also performing magnificently in 2021. He astonished the world by scoring an unbeaten 104 against South Africa. That performance was further coupled by seven half-centuries. His stormy batting whiff made him the highest scorer in T20 International for 2021. He also became the second-highest scorer in the Pakistan Super League tournament in 2021.
- Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram is the first South African Captain to win a World Cup. He is an opening batsman who bats with the right hand and a right arm off-break bowler. His T20 debut took place in the year 2019 against Sri Lanka. He is spotted in his jovial mood donning shirt no. 4 in T20 international matches. He was supposed to play in the T20 International matches in 2018, but de did not appear in the fixture. On September 11, 2021, Markram was included in the Indian Premier League and played for the Punjab Kings squad. The Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased him in 2022 to defend them against the other teams while putting a show of his talents. In limited=over cricket, he maintained consistency with elegance. His class and aggressive nature transformed his strikes into power shots to smash opponents. His brilliant performance in the 2021 T20 International made him receive the Player of the Year award in acknowledgment of his support in South Africa’s victory. To date, Markram has played 21 T20I innings scoring 722 runs. His highest score as a batsman is 970. His unique batting style stunned the opponents, exhibiting 53 boundaries and 36 over boundaries. He has got a high scoring rate of 152.64. As a bowler, he could take six wickets in 114 deliveries, giving 139 runs.
- Babar Azam
Babar Azam is the second Player from Pakistan to appear on this list of the best scorer in the T20 internationals. He is a right-handed batsman with a proper arm outbreak. He is respected for his relaxed attitude and sense of discipline. He holds the personal record of being the second quickest Player to score 1000 runs in T20 international. He is a remarkable batsman achieving 2754 runs in T20I in his overall T20 career and a batting average of 42.37. He has proved himself to be the most dependable Player to strike back even whenever possible. He is the only batsman in the record of international cricket to get the prestigious position of the third most successful cricketer across the globe. Baba Azam’s achievement resulted in his receiving many awards throughout his career.
- Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav, or ‘sky,’ is a cricketer from Mumbai who plays for the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. He is a versatile right-handed batsman who also occasionally tries his hand at bowling. While bowling, he shows the skill of a right-hand medium pacer and spinner. He has kept his mark in 25 T20 matches by scoring 758 runs at an average of 39.89. His first IPL contract for in 2012 for the Mumbai Indians did not go well as he got only one match to play, where he got dismissed without any runs. He was not very impressive in 2014, but he knocked out the media with his brilliant performance in the 2015 season of IPL, where he defeated the Mumbai Indians by scoring 46 out of 20 balls. His impressive stint convinced the Mumbai Indians to buy him for 3.2 crores in the 2018 IPL. Then onwards he has become a regular player for the Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai Indians bought him for the IPL at a price of 8 crores. This proves his popularity as a cricketer with a responsible attitude and extreme dedication to the game.
- Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan is an English cricketer exceptionally talented in playing cricket in every format. He was incorporated into the national T20 cricket team for England in 2017. His stunning debut with a surprising 78 out of just 44 balls earned him the trophy of the Man of the Match. He performed marvelously in the three-match series against South Africa. In his career, he has played 42 T20 International matches scoring a total of 1411 runs at an average of 39.19.
T20 is a tournament where cricket is combined with fun and entertainment to satisfy cricket enthusiasts who are willing to see some quick thrills in cricket matches. Despite having a short time span, the efficient T20 batters and top scorers find ways to excel and impress.
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