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Top-5 highest run scorer for India in T20 International

Top-5 Indian players who are highest run-scorer for India in T20

For the inaugural T-20 World Cup, BCCI had no interest in the T-20 format, they were the least interested in the tournament, and to give all top players rest, they had sent their 2nd team to the World Cup.

Ironically, India went on to win the World Cup and since then there has been a revolutionary change in the BCCI’s approach towards the shortest format. Over the years,  India has become one of the powerhouses in T-20 cricket.

So let’s find out who are the top 5 run-getters for India in the T-20 format. 


Virat Kohli- 1st highest T20 run scorer for India

Virat Kohli_highest run scorer in T20 for India

King Kohli ranks number one in highest run-getters in T-20I for India. In fact, he is the all-time highest run-scorer in the shortest format.

In 90 matches, he has scored 3159 runs at 52.65 with a strike rate of 139.04. He has scored 28 half-centuries which include the unbelievable knock of 82 off just 51 balls against Australia at Mohali in the 2016 World Cup. 5 years after, still this knock is hailed the best from Kohli.

It’s fascinating to see that he has scored those number of runs at a higher strike rate with utmost consistency.

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Rohit Sharma- 2nd highest T20 run scorer

rohit sharma_2nd highest run scorer in T20

Hit-man as the fans call him is the second on the list of T-20I runs for India. The opener has scored 2864 runs at 32.54 striking at 139.96. 

As the cliché with Rohit goes, ‘ he has a lot of time’. He certainly has a lot of time and it’s quite clear how easily he sends the ball out of the boundary.

He is the all-time third-highest T-20I run-scorer in the world.

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Shikhar Dhawan- 3rd highest T20 run scorer for India

shikhar dhawan_3rd highest t20 run scorer for India

Shikhar Dhawan over the years has become the better version of himself in the shortest format, especially in the last couple of years.

The left-handed Delhi boy has a certain kind of aura about himself.

In 68 games he has scored 1759 runs at 27.92 with a strike rate of 126.36.

The international numbers of the last 2 years might not tell you the complete story. But he has been at his best in IPL and has also captained India against Sri Lanka in the absence of Kohli.

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MS Dhoni – 4th 

MS Dhoni_4th highest t20 run scorer

The veteran MSD is on the 4th rank.

He was the captain when India won the 2007 T-20I world cup.

1617 runs in 98 matches at an average of 37.60 striking at 126.13, one would say are ordinary numbers. But the 1614 runs are invaluable because he had scored them batting mostly at lower positions and in crunch situations.

He has retired from international cricket.

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Suresh Raina – 5th

suresh raina_5th highest t20 run scorer

Suresh Raina is the first Indian to score a T-20I hundred.  The left-handed elegant batsman, in his playing time, was regarded as one of the best white ball players.

He had an uncanny ability to nudge the ball between the fielders, was lightning quick between the wickets and a live wire on the field.

Before the astronomical rise of Kohli, he was considered India’s future captain.

Anyways, in 78 T-20I matches, he has scored 1605 runs at 29.18 with a strike rate of 134.87.

He has followed the suit of his best friend MSD and has retired immediately after MSD’s retirement.

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Saurabh Karmarkar
Saurabh Karmarkar
An ardent Test cricket fan, a loyal Bayern Munich supporter who loves to write about sports and a fitness enthusiast.


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