T20 is the most successful format of cricket and it attracts the eye of cricket lovers from around the world. There are various reasons that have contributed to the success of this format. First, the T20 game features a quick pace, and each inning consists of 20 overs. Each over brings a lot of twists and turns. So, the excitement level is high until the very end.
The T20 format is a perfect combination of sport and entertainment. Cricket fans can enjoy songs during the breaks and cheerleaders spur on the players and presenters. All these things are broadcasted on the TV, which keeps the audience entertained.
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When it comes to the best batsmen in this format of cricket, Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are the most talked about. Both Kohli and Azam are known for their consistency with the bat and their ability to score runs without any unconventional shots.
The average of 50.8 and 50.72 by Virat and Babar respectively are the highest among players who have scored over 500 runs in the T20 format. However, there are some players who have a higher batting average than these batsmen. Read on to know more about them.
Travis Dowlin – 68.00
Travis Montague Dowlin is remembered as the lone victim of MS Dhoni, who got Dowlin bowled during the 2009 Champions Trophy game against West Indies. This is because his International career wasn’t a significant one. Between 2009 and 2010, Travis played six Tests, 11 ODIs, and two T20Is.
Dowlin made his T20I debut in the 2009 Basseterre T20I against Bangladesh. He scored an unbeaten 37 from 37 balls while chasing a target of 119. Dowlin’s second and last T20I was during the 2009-10 Australian tour at the SGC. He scored 31 off 32 balls in the match. Thus, Travis Dowlin’s T20I came to an end with 68 runs in two innings which came at an average of 68 only. Dowlin last appeared in any format in 2010-2011 season.
Marcus Trescothick – 55.33
A brutal left-handed opening batsman, Marcus Trescothick was one of the finest opening batsmen to play for England. He was an automatic choice from the turn of the century, but a stress-related illness forced his international retirement in 2008. Hence, he couldn’t play much T20I cricket as the format began only a year before his last international appearance in 2006.
However, he was a regular feature in England’s domestic cricket until 2015. Trescothick made his T20I debut against Australia. He later played two T20Is in 2006 – against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. He scored 72 from 58 balls against the Lankas. Marcus later scored a 36-ball 53 against the Pakistan team. In total, Trescothick scored 166 runs in the three innings at an average of 55.33.
Usman Limbada – 53.00
A specialist middle-order batsman, Usman Limbada was often in and out of the Canada team during the early 2010s. He failed to achieve consistency which is why he never cemented his spot in the Canada team.
Limbada played three T20Is during the Associate’s tournaments in 2010 but never got a chance to bat. He was a part of the lead-up tournaments in 2013 hosted by UAE and the 2014 WT20 Qualifier. During the period, Usman featured in four matches with T20I status but got to bat only in three matches.
Batting at No.7, he scored 16 and 21 in the first two matches. Later, he crawled to 16 off 19 balls before being run-out while batting at No.3. In total, Limbada scored 53 runs across the three matches and was dismissed only once.
Dawid Malan – 52.11
After making his international debut in 2017, English top-order batsman Dawid Malan is playing impressive cricket. In his 10 T20Is, the left-handed batsman has scored 469 runs with an average of 52.11. Malan has hit five fifties and one century in his T20I career. On 8th November 2019, during the Napier T20I against New Zealand, Dawid became the second English cricketer to hit a T20I century. With an average of 52.11, Malan remained not out in only T20I innings.
Matthew Hayden – 51.33
The introduction of T20 format was quite late for Matthew Hayden to show his dominance as his efforts in T20 cricket were limited to the Indian Premier League (IPL). Hayden featured in the first three editions of the IPL for Chennai Super Kings where he scored 1107 runs across 32 innings. Matthew got to play only nine matches during his entire T20I career. In that, he scored 308 runs at an average of 51.33 and strike rate of 143.92.
Hiren Varaiya – 51.00
Indian-born Hiren Varaiya represented Kenya national cricket team between 2006 and 2018 across all formats. Varaiya’s main role was to serve as a left-arm spinner since he came to bat in the lower order. In his entire T20I career, Hiren got a chance to bat in 12 innings and remained not out in 11 innings. The only time he was beaten in this format was in his last T20I appearance where he scored only 2 runs. That’s way his T20I average is exactly similar to his entire T20I runs, 51. His highest knock in the T20 format was 18; his only double-digit score in T20Is.