It is not possible for a batsman to survive in T20 cricket unless he is whacking off boundaries on a regular basis. Lesser the number of deliveries taken by a batsman to hit a boundary, the better he is.
That said, let's take a look at the five best boundary hitters in T20 International history (minimum 500 balls faced) in terms of the number of balls they take to hit every boundary, or Balls per Boundary (BpB).
George Munsey (BpB 4.03)
The Scottish opener is the best boundary-hitter among batsmen who have faced at least 500 deliveries in T20Is till date. Munsey takes approximately four deliveries on average to hit every boundary and has an excellent career strike-rate of 154.22 to go with that as well.
Munsey has a total of 987 T20I runs to his name at a decent average of 29.91, including a best of 127*.
Evin Lewis (BpB 4.39)
The Caribbean opener is the second-best in T20 Internationals when it comes to hitting boundaries. One of the most destructive batsmen in the world at present, Evin Lewis can dismantle even the best of bowling units single-handedly. That fact that he has two T20I tons to his name tells a lot about his potency as a batsman and how close he is to crossing the 1000-run threshold in the format soon.
At the moment, Evin Lewis has 934 T20I runs to his name at an excellent average and strike-rate of 32.21 and 155.41 respectively.
Aaron Finch (BpB 4.43)
Aaron Finch is an equally dangerous batsman and holds the record for the highest individual score (172) in T20Is as well. The Australian skipper, who also opens the batting for his team, has a marginally higher BpB than Lewis and is a highly experienced batsman in the format, having played 61 matches.
Moreover, he has around 2000 runs to his name at an outstanding average and strike-rate of 38.25 and 155.88 respectively.
Glenn Maxwell (BpB 4.60)
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is one of the best T20 players in the world at present, adding enormous value in whatever he does.
Maxwell is not only a good batsman but a street-smart spinner and an outstanding fielder as well. However, when it comes to hitting boundaries there are only a few batsmen who can match his abilities.
His T20I batting record speaks for itself; he has 1576 runs to his name at a good average of 35.02 but it is his career strike-rate of 160.00 which makes him such a highly valued batsman in this format. Moreover, he has three tons to his name as well, including a best of 145*.
Colin Munro (BpB 4.61)
Kiwi top-order batsman Colin Munro makes the list at the fifth spot with a marginally higher BpB than Maxwell. Even though he doesn't have that good a technique, Munro is absolutely unstoppable on his day, managing to play big innings along with a high scoring rate every now and then.
Colin Munro’s healthy average of 31.35 and an excellent strike-rate of 156.44 is testimony to that, and moreover, he has three tons to his name to go with these numbers in the format as well.
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