Today we bring you Batsmen who scored the most runs at T20 World Cup 2007. The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a world cup championship in the 20-over format in 2007. The first edition, ICC T20 World Cup 2007, was hosted by South Africa and 12 teams participated in the tournament. Although it was the inaugural edition, there was no less excitement among the cricket fans from the whole world to witness the show.
The captain cool MS Dhoni-led team India lifted the trophy of the first-ever ICC T20 World Cup 2007 after defeating Pakistan in the nail-biting grand finale. Misbah-ul-Haq’s dismissal when Pakistan needed six winning runs in the last four balls is one of the most memorable episode of the marquee clash. There were several noteworthy moments during that tournament, and several records were made during the tournament. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top five batsmen who clubbed the most runs at T20 World Cup 2007.
5. Kevin Pietersen
England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who last played the international cricket in 2014, was the vital cog for his team across all the formats. He was a fearless cricketer and was known to build match-winning innings. The middle-order batsman also scored the most runs at T20 World Cup 2007 for his team and grabbed the fifth place in the overall.
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Pietersen scored 178 runs in 5 matches at an average of 35.60 with a striking rate of 161.81. His highest score in the tournament was 79 runs, and he hit a total 17 four’s and 6 sixes. However, England could not qualify for the knock-out rounds and was out after facing defeats in the Super 8 stage.
4. Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik led Pakistan to ICC T20 World Cup 2007 grand-finale but unfortunately faced defeat against India in the close contest. However, he enjoyed immense success as the batsman in that tournament. He scored 195 runs, including two half-centuries, in 7 matches at an average of 39.00 with a striking rate of 126.62 and stood up at 4th place in highest runs scorer.
His highest score in the tournament was 57 runs, and he hit a total 15 four’s and 5 sixes. In the grand-finale, he gave his wicket early when the team needed him the most as Pakistan lost the game by five runs. Former Pakistan captain has been marvelous with the bat and ball for over past two decades in shorter formats. He has played 113 T20Is and announced his retirement from ODIs last year after the World Cup 2019. He scored the second most runs at T20 World Cup 2007.
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Former Pakistan cricketer and captain Misbah-ul-Haq was a middle-order batsman who was known to play calm and composure innings but could also play aggressive innings when required. He enjoyed immense success and was the leading scorer for his side in his illustrious career. Misbah had a memorable tournament as he scored the most runs at T20 World Cup 2007 for his team and grabbed the third place in the overall.
In 7 matches played during the tournament, he scored 218 runs at an average of 54.50 and striking rate of 139.74. His highest score in the tournament was 66 not out, and he hit a total 18 four’s and 9 sixes. However, he could not help the Green Army to grab their hands on the trophy.
2. Gautam Gambhir
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was prolific throughout ICC T20 World Cup 2007 tournament. He garnered 227 runs in 7 matches at the striking rate of 129.71 and an average of 37.83 and scored the most runs at T20 World Cup 2007 for India and grabbed the second place in the overall. His highest score in the tournament was 75 runs, and he hit a total 27 four’s and 5 sixes.
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The opening batsman played a match-winning knock in the grand-finale against Pakistan as he mustered 75 runs when others were losing wickets. He was the highest scorer in that marquee clash. However, Gambhir is the most underrated cricketer. His contributions made to the Indian team at mega-events have gone unnoticed.
1. Matthew Hayden
In the ICC T20 World Cup 2007, Hayden was the star performer as he scored the most runs at T20 World Cup 2007. He amassed 265 runs in 6 matches at the striking rate of 144.80 and an average of 88.83. His highest score in the tournament was 73 not out, and he hit a total 32 four’s and 10 sixes. In the semi-final against India, he was the highest scorer but could not lead the team to the finishing line.
Matthew Hayden was the pillar of the Australian team during their golden era. He was just unstoppable once he set himself in the field. He was also among the rarest players from the 90s who adjusted gracefully in the T20 format. He was the strength of the team in the top-order and was a nightmare for bowlers when on the song. Hayden retired from the international cricket in 2009 after representing Australia in 103 Tests, 161 ODIs and nine T20s.
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