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Chris Gayle tops the charts for most runs in powerplays in T20s; Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma in top 10

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Legendary West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has hit the most runs in powerplays in T20s. The ‘Universe Boss’ has scored 4,345 runs in 270 innings, at a strike rate of 128.58.

Most runs in powerplays in T20s

Player Innings Runs Strike rate
Chris Gayle 270 4,345 128.58
Alex Hales 244 4,259 150.44
Shikhar Dhawan 255 4,021 123.19
Aaron Finch 248 3,931 134.11
David Warner 216 3,823 134.51
Jason Roy 194 3,542 140.55
Brendon McCullum 207 3,033 128.95
Rohit Sharma 216 2,962 125.45
James Vince 189 2,801 132.24
Paul Stirling 139 2,741 152.61

The 42-year-old, who has the most runs in T20 cricket (14,562) and the highest individual score in T20s (175* against Pune, 2013 Indian T20 League), has played in every major T20 league around the world. He also frequently scored the most T20 runs in a calendar year over the course of his career.

Most runs in powerplays in a T20 innings

Player Opponent Runs Year
Suresh Raina Punjab 87 2014
Alex Hales Durham 76 2017
Evin Lewis St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 76 2017
Adam Gilchrist Delhi 74 2009
Tom Cohler-Cadmore Durham 71 2016

Former India all-rounder Suresh Raina scored the most runs in powerplays in a T20 innings. The former Chennai star hit 12 fours and six sixes as he smashed 87 runs between overs 1 to 6 against Team Punjab in a 2014 Indian T20 League encounter at the Wankhede Stadium.

Most runs in powerplays in Indian T20 League

Player Innings Runs Strike rate
Shikhar Dhawan 184 2,915 122.63
David Warner 141 2,654 136.10
Chris Gayle 135 2,336 134.17
Gautam Gambhir 146 2,230 121.65
Ajinkya Rahane 132 1,957 115.93

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, has the most runs in powerplays in the Indian T20 League. The left-hander has amassed 2,915 runs in 184 innings at a strike rate of 122.63. His tally comprises 388 boundaries and 63 sixes.

Most runs in powerplays in T20Is

Player Innings Runs Strike rate
Rohit Sharma 87 1,530 135.39
Martin Guptill 77 1,422 129.74
Aaron Finch 80 1,376 138.56
Quinton de Kock 60 1,160 141.80
Jason Roy 58 1,053 141.53

When it comes to T20 Internationals, Rohit Sharma leads the list. The new Indian cricket team captain, who is the highest run-getter in T20Is, has hit 1,530 powerplay runs in 87 innings at a strike rate of 135.39. His best performance came in a 2020 New Zealand vs India T20I game at Hamilton, where Rohit hit 50 runs off 23 balls.

Most runs in powerplays in T20 World Cup

Player Innings Runs Strike rate
Martin Guptill 19 329 114.23
Rohit Sharma 17 307 132.90
David Warner 19 301 125.41
Mohammad Shahzad 17 257 114.22
Hashim Amla 13 237 140.23

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is the record holder for most runs in powerplays in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The 35-year-old, who was among the top 10 run-getters in the 2021 edition of the tournament with 208 runs, has hit 329 powerplay runs in 19 innings at a strike rate of 114.23.

Author: William Paul

Featured photo: AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

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