Today we bring you the cricketers with the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012. T20- a format that has had its fair share of admirers and naysayers. While some have argued that it has been the prime reason behind the degradation of the craft called batsmanship, others have argued that it has brought about a new dimension in the repertoire of strokes that a batsman has under his kitty. The inaugural T20 world cup in South Africa was a validation that the format was here to stay.
The fourth edition of the pinnacle of T20 Cricket was held in Sri Lanka. This was the first time that an Asian country was hosting the world cup and it was celebrated with great aplomb in the land of the Lankan lions. While the slow docile pitches of Premadasa Colombo was not an ideal batting surface under the lights, the tournament had its fair share of brilliance with both bat and ball. West Indies emerged as the champions and thus started the era of Caribbean flair in T20 cricket. Here are some statistics regarding the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012-
5. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
When it comes to explosive batters, you can rarely start a list that does not feature the name, Brendon McCullum. One of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball, he had an uncanny ability to attack and subdue the opposition right from the beginning. Add to that his exceptional fielding skills, which made him one of the fiercest outfielders in the latter part of his career.
Although he initially started as a keeper-batsman, he slowly promoted himself up the order and more often than not would provide New Zealand with the thrust that was so essential in this format of the game. With 212 runs in 5 matches, McCullum scored an excellent 123 which undoubtedly became one of the highlight moments of the tournament. Listed among the cricketers with the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012.
4. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
What do we say about the Universe Boss that hasn’t been saying before? If there is someone who has adapted to T20 cricket like fish in the water is Gayle. His record speaks volumes about his caliber as one of the greatest pure strikers of the cricket ball. Chris is undoubtedly the greatest T20 batsman of all time with the most number of runs and centuries to his credit.
His explosive batting right from the get-go was suited to the style which T20 cricket demanded. Gayle has played for almost all the top franchise leagues in the world and has been the marquee player for almost all of them. In the T20 World Cup 2012, he scored 222 runs in 7 matches with the highest score of 75. Listed among the cricketers with the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012.
3. Marlon Samuels (West Indies)
A fiery personality, Samuels was a vital cog in the West Indies batting line up. His ability to get under the skin of the opponents and rattle them was much talked about. With an unusual stance, Marlon was a very effective player, able to strike the ball a fair distance. His slow right arm spin was of equal value to his team, as he was a prime partnership breaker.
Marlon was also famous for his on-field spat with the likes of Shane Watson, which are among the most well-documented sledding moments in the history of Cricket. A controversial personality, Samuels scored 230 runs in 7 matches for West Indies. Listed among the cricketers with the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012.
2. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
One of the finest exponents of stroke-making in modern-day cricket, Mahela was an absolute class of his own. His ability to find gaps with incisive decision-making prowess and his incredible longevity made him truly one of the greatest to have ever donned the jersey of Sri Lanka.
Mahela was a proven big-match player and reserved his best for the world cup matches. With 243 runs in 6 matches, he was the highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka. Listed among the cricketers with the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012.
1. Shane Watson (Australia)
The burly right-hander was a mainstay of the Australian batting in the shorter versions of the game. His ability to hit with tremendous power, his array of strokes, and his controlled seam bowling not only made him an asset for his team but also made him renowned as one of the best all-rounders in the world at that moment.
Watson scored 249 runs in the 6 matches that he played with a consistent average of around 46 with 3 fifties. A belligerent 72 was his highest in the tournament. Led the cricketers with the most runs in T20 World Cup 2012.
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