Today we bring you the Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010. T20 in the past decade has turned out to be the most entertaining spectacle in sports. Since the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2008, it has gathered pace and has introduced a fast, dynamic, attractive see all smash all brand of batting. Now is an era when the finesse, grace, and perseverance of batting out an entire session of a test match have been replaced by brute strength and the ability to clear the fence with ease. Although there had been some initial apprehensions from the naysayers, considering the revenue point of perception, those notions have changed for the better.
Classic test format loving legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Holding, Geoffrey Boycott, Ian Chappell, and David Gower were the biggest critics of this format when it started initially. Although the phenomenal performance by former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh hitting six sixes to Stuart Broad in an over had already wowed the people of the country. The essence of the red cherry bludgeoning through the batsman’s outstretched arms on the first-morning session of a test match seemed much more aesthetic.
The compromise was just a very difficult one to make. However, The T20 World Cup held in West Indies in 2010 was an exalting tournament with England laying hands on a first world cup trophy beating perennial favorites Australian team in the final. The tournament laid the platform for future T20 ventures like Big Bash League in Australia with time becoming the revenue-generating golden egg for the Australian Cricket Board. Thus what Kerry Packer started in 1970’s as the World Series Cricket had slowly culminated in the presence of 20 over cricket format with double the excitement, thrill, and drama.
We have come up with some interesting facts about the 5 Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010-
5. Suresh Raina (India)
There has seldom been a tournament in recent memory, where not one batsman from India has not featured in the top scorer’s list. Although the tournament was not that memorable for the Indian contingent, Suresh Raina did carve out his place among the best finishers in World Cricket during that tenure.
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He also erased doubts of him being a homegrown batsman from UP, unable to tackle bounce and seam on the hard pitches. His exquisite century against South Africa can easily be rated as one of the finest knocks played by an Indian in a World Cup. With 219 runs in 5 matches at an average of 43.80, his performance earned a lot of appreciation and shut a lot of mouths in the selection panel. Among the Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010.
4. Craig Kieswetter (England)
Who would ever forget that explosive knock of 60 odd that this lanky teenage wicketkeeper played on the night of the final? His career was cut short later due to a freak eye accident. With a batting style reminiscent of Jos Buttler nowadays, Kieswetter was the perfect number 5 for England with 222 runs in 7 matches at an average of 31.71. Among the Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010.
3. Salman Butt (Pakistan)
Before he had admired himself into spot-fixing controversy, this handsome teenager with all kinds of shots in his book was considered as the next big thing in Pakistan cricket. Numbers like – 223 runs in 6 matches at a healthy average of 44.60 are a testimony to the kind of talent that went wasted. Among the Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010.
2. Kevin Pietersen (England)
KP has never been shy of controversy, whether it’s on the field or off it. But through his performances over the decade, the Maverick right-hander has truly risen through the ranks to become one of the finest to have ever wielded the bat for England. The Man of the Tournament scored 248 runs in 6 matches at an average of 62.00 and was instrumental behind England’s success. Among the Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010.
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1. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
The classy Sri Lankan with many records to his credit showed the world that the more a wine ages, the better it tastes. His finesse and his elegance, which had already made him one of the finest batsmen in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket was on full display. He recorded the score of 302 runs in 6 matches at an average of 60.40, a staggering feat of consistency in T20 cricket, with an explosive hundred against Zimbabwe. Led the Cricketers with the most runs at T20 World Cup 2010.
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