Top 10 Greatest T20 Players In History
T20 internationals (T20i) have not been around that long, but there have been some great players to emerge in the shortest form of the game already. It is a format that has taken the sport by storm and drawn a new generation of fans into cricket grounds across the world. These men have quickly become the heroes of those fans for their incredible achievements on the pitch. Here are the 10 best T20i players ever.
10. Aaron Finch
The Australian made the highest ever score in a T20i when he smashed 156 against England in August 2013. This was only two balls short of the fastest century in history and set the record for most sixes in an innings (14). In a separate innings Finch equalled the record for most fours in an innings (14) when the Aussies played India in October 2013.
Finch holds the second highest career average in history at close to 39 which takes him into the fine company on this list.
9. AB De Villiers
This is a man whose stats do not actually add up to how great a player he is in the shortest form of the game. The South African has not hit a T20i century, he averages just 25 and he hasn’t cracked the top 10 in terms of runs scored in the format. However, his skills, range of shots and leadership mean that he would be in any World XI that anyone would have picked since he first played a T20i in 2006.
He is also second on the list of outfield catches made in T20i, which is an incredible feat for a man who has spent a lot of time wicketkeeping.
8. Umar Gul
The Pakistani paceman is the third highest wicket taker in T20i history with 85 to his name at an average of just 16.97 and with a best of 5/6. Gul is an incredible exponent of swing bowling at serious pace and is even handy with the bat, with a high score in this format of 32.
The opening bowler has been up and down but his stats do not lie and at his best was as good as any quick in T20i.
7. Shakhib Al Hasan
Only two men have got over 1,000 runs and 60 wickets in T20i and Shakhib Al Hasan is one of those men. The Bangladeshi legend is a force in all three forms of the game and has shone in the shortest form since 2006.
He is the fifth highest wicket taker in the format and has scored more runs than specialist batsmen such as Kevin Pietersen, Hashim Amla and Kane Williamson. He could get on this list just for his return of 70 wickets, but with the batting skill added to the mix, he is guaranteed a spot.
6. Ajantha Mendis
In some ways Mendis is a surprise to be this high up the list, but also has an argument to be even nearer the top. The Sri Lankan is the sixth highest T20i wicket taker in history, but he has managed this in just 39 matches, leaving him with an average of just 14.42. His strike rate of 13.4 is the third highest in history.
Mendis also holds the two best bowling figures in T20i history – 6/12 against Zimbabwe and 6/16 against Australia. It was a surprisingly short career for Mendis, but still an incredibly successful one.