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Masterclass at the Crease: Top 5 Players with Most T20I Runs for India

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In the T20I format, the Indian cricket squad is developing some exceptional young talent. Suryakumar Yadav is the best example of how the Indian Premier League has aided Indian team management in identifying several stars in cricket’s shortest format. Surya has emerged as one of India’s best run-scorers in T20Is just a few months after making his international debut. Other players are following the same path as well. Before entering the T20I transition period, their preceding generation also had dominating times in the T20I record books. Let’s have a look at the top 5 players with most T20I runs for India.

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Top 5 Players with Most T20I Runs for India

Player Names Runs Matches Innings
Virat Kohli 4008 115 107
Rohit Sharma 3853 148 140
KL Rahul 2265 72 68
Suryakumar Yadav 2041 59 56
Shikhar Dhawan 1759 68 66

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli | KreedOn
Source: Wisden

The only batter to surpass the 4000-run threshold in the T20I format is superstar Virat Kohli, with Most T20I Runs for India. 4008 runs have been scored by Virat Kohli in 107 innings. With an amazing average of 52.73 and a strike rate of 137.96 when batting, he has been a reliable performer for India in the limited-overs format. In this format, Virat Kohli has also amassed 37 half-centuries in 107 innings, in addition to smashing a century.


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Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma - most t20i runs for India | KreedOn
Source: Times of India

As the highest run scorer in this format, Indian captain Rohit Sharma was in a close battle with Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma is the second-highest run-scorer, not just for India but also for the world. Rohit has 3853 runs scored in 140 innings. Rohit Sharma made his T20I debut at the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa. Rohit Sharma has the most centuries in this format, leading the leaderboard with four T20I hundreds.

KL Rahul

KL Rahul - most t20i runs for India | KreedOn
Source: NDTV Sports

KL Rahul, who is seen as the future leader of the Indian squad, had a fantastic run in this format for squad India. KL Rahul is only the third Indian hitter to have scored more than 2000 T20I runs in his career. KL Rahul has 2265 runs for India in 68 innings. Rahul has two centuries and 22 half-centuries for his country. In T20Is, his average is 37.75, while his strike rate is 139.12. KL Rahul hasn’t played a T20I for India since the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final defeat.


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Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav| KreedOn
Source: India Today

Suryakumar Yadav, India’s T20 wonder, has made himself a star in this format with his superb shot-making ability. Suryakumar is a fan favorite despite his brief T20I career. Suryakumar Yadav, known for hitting spectacular strokes, has quickly risen to the top five leading run scorers for India. Surya has scored 2000 runs in 56 innings, with a stellar average of 44.11 and a staggering strike rate of 171.71.

Shikhar Dhawan

Most t20i runs for India | KreedOn
Source: Times Now

Shikhar Dhawan, the former Indian opener, was a prodigious batter. However, as younger players have taken over the spotlight, Dhawan has been sidelined from the limited-overs format, and he has not represented India in the last year. Shikhar Dhawan scored 1759 runs in 66 innings across a 10-year T20I career, with an average of 27.92 and a strike rate of 126.36. In the format, Dhawan struck 11 half-centuries.


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