5 batsmen with the highest strike-rate in T20 World Cups

The big stage brought the best out of them.

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Back in 2007, T20 cricket was pretty much an unknown beast as teams were still looking to gauge the dynamics of the format. The inaugural T20 World Cup was played and India, led by MS Dhoni, emerged as the champion. The shortest version of the game has increased in popularity over the time period.

The tournament has been a witness to six editions with 2016 being the last until now. The 2020 edition was scheduled to be played in Australia, but had to be postponed due to the massive COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the years, a number of batsmen have kept the audience on their toes with their fearless approach while batting in the World Cup. There were very dull moments when they plied their trade in the middle. Hence, their strike-rates also rank higher than some of the other batsmen.

In the article, let’s take a look at five batters with the highest strike-rate in T20 World Cups (minimum 500 runs): – 

5. Shane Watson- 140.94

Shane Watson World Cup 2015
Shane Watson World Cup 2015. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Shane Watson has turned 39 around a month ago, yet he hasn’t finished playing cricket yet. In the last 12 months, he has taken part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and even the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) retained him for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.

In fact, it’s his explosive batting that made him a hot prospect around the world. In T20 World Cups, he has 537 runs in 24 matches at an average of 28.26. And a strike-rate of 140.94 gave the opponents a lot of headaches.

In 2010, he scored 81 off 49 against Pakistan in Gros Islet and it remains to be his highest score in the mega event. He also notched four more fifties. Though he got out 10 times in single digits, Watson managed to keep the oppositions on their toes.

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