The T20I is arguably one of the most difficult formats to keep consistency. The expectation from batsmen to fire runs on the board is a task. The need for bowlers to pick wickets in such a short span of time speaks volumes about the amount of pressure they face when you bowl in a T20 match. Nevertheless, the T20I format is also one of the most entertaining formats of the game. We have witnessed some exceptional batting performances from big players.
Here we list the 5 best T20I batsmen of the current era:
5. Glenn Maxwell – Australia
The Australian all-rounder is currently the 6th highest-ranked batsman as per the ICC T20I rankings. Maxwell’s most memorable T20I knock to date was against Sri Lanka back in 2016. Maxwell amassed a terrific 145, with an outstanding strike rate of around 223.
Maxwell also boasts a terrific overall strike rate of over 158 in 67 T20I matches. Well known for his power hitting and unorthodox shots, Maxwell certainly has taken the T20I format by storm.
4. Rohit Sharma – India
At no 4 is Indian opener Rohit Sharma. Sharma played a key role in New Zealand’s 5-0 whitewash back in the early part of 2020. Sharma has been quite terrific with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. His excellent T20I record and his leadership ability have certainly put him on board as a contender for India’s captaincy in the long run.
3. KL Rahul – India
No 3 on the list is KL Rahul. KL Rahul had a fantastic 2020 in terms of the shortest format of the game. Rahul was the highest scorer in IPL 2020, amassing over 450 runs in just 16 games. Ranked No 3 in the ICC T20I rankings, KL Rahul has proved his worth on almost every occasion. With a strike rate of over 145 in the T20I format, KL Rahul has played an anchor role in every team he plays for.
2. Babar Azam – Pakistan
Babar Azam is arguably one of Pakistan’s most dominant batsmen ever. An average of 51 in the shortest format of the game speaks volumes about the ability of the Pakistani cricketer. Azam has 16 half-centuries to his name in the T20I format, with a blistering strike rate of around 130. With such terrific stats, Azam is at no 2 on the list.
1. Dawid Malan – England
This man certainly does not need an introduction. Dawid Malan is arguably the best T20I cricketer of this era. Malan is the only cricketer to cross the 900 points mark in the ICC T20I rankings. An average of over 53 and a strike rate of around 150 out him well and ahead of his competitors. Malan is currently the no 1 ranked batsman as per the ICC T20I rankings.