The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is less than a month away. Players like David Warner, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli would be eagerly waiting for the competition to start as they are eyeing Mahela Jayawardene’s record as the leading run scorer in the history of the T20 World Cup (1016). Besides the players mentioned above, several other match winners would be looking to top the batting charts in the forthcoming event. The article will focus on seven players who can be the leading run scorers in the T20 World Cup.
1. Ibrahim Zadran
The 20-year-old Afghanistan batsman took the Asia Cup by storm with his masterclass. He finished the tournament as the 3rd highest run scorer. He amassed 196 runs in five matches, which included a half-century. The youngster made his T20I debut in 2019, and in three years, he has also proved his worth in other formats. The Mohammad Nabi-led side will bank on Zadran for runs.
2. David Warner
Australian opener David Warner’s inclusion is a must in a list of leading run scorers. The 35-year-old is a run machine. He ended the 2021 T20 World Cup as the second leading run-scorer. He amassed 289 runs in seven matches, including three half-centuries. When it comes to high-octane events, Warner always steps up, be it international or domestic tournaments. Talking about IPL, Warner has won the orange cap a record three times. Additionally, he is the leading overseas run-scorer in IPL’s history.
3. Jos Buttler
Newly appointed England skipper Jos Buttler is another contender to end the tournament as the leading run-scorer. The 32-year-old opener was unstoppable in the IPL. He emerged as the leading run scorer for this franchise. He amassed 863 runs, which included four centuries and four half centuries. At present, Buttler, who is nursing a calf injury, had a dismal run with the bat playing for the Three Lions in 2022. He scored just 87 runs in six matches this year. Thus, Buttler would be looking to regain the form he left at the IPL. Also, he was the 4th leading run-getter in the 2021 T20 World Cup with 269 runs in six matches.
4. Virat Kohli
The former Indian skipper struggled for runs in the past three years. He regained his lost mojo in this year’s Asia Cup. Kohli amassed 276 runs, including his 71st century. Kohli will enter the tournament free of any pressure or insecurities. Plus, he is one of the best players who know how to play in high-pressure matches. Thus, considering all the scenarios, Kohli is one of the top contenders to emerge as the leading run-scorer. Kohli would also be eyeing Mahela Jayawardene’s record to become the leading run-scorer in World Cup history. He needs 172 runs to go past the Sri Lankan maestro.
5. Reeza Hendricks
The 33-year-old Protean is one of the leading men to top the scoring charts, given the kind of form he is in. Henricks had a year to celebrate. In 2022 he played eight T20I matches and amassed 323 runs at an average of 46.14. He was the player of the series in South Africa’s historic T20I series win against England.
6. Mohammad Rizwan
The 2021 ICC T20I cricketer of the year, Mohammad Rizwan, has to be on the list of potential top scorers in the World Cup. The 30-year-old was the 3rd leading run scorer in the previous edition and topped the run charts in the 2022 Asia Cup. He is also the only player to score 2000+ T20I runs in a calendar year. Combining his 2021 and 2022 seasons, Rizwan has amassed 878 runs in 19 innings.
7. Devon Conway
New Zealand’s Conway made his T20I debut in 2020. Within two years, he established himself as a skilled T20I batsman. In 23 matches, he has scored 708 runs. He made his IPL debut with Chennai Super Kings in 2022. In the seven matches he played, he amassed 252 runs, which included three half-centuries.