Top 5 batsmen fastest to reach 2000 runs in T20 Cricket.
Reaching a 2000-run landmark in T20 cricket perhaps is just like scoring 5000 runs in 50-over cricket. You don’t get face a lot of balls to create milestones in T20 cricket. One needs to be aggressive, consistent and, more importantly, a top-order batsman to reach milestones like 2000 runs in the shortest format of the game
Also, not many T20 tournaments are being every year as compared to Tests and ODIs. Thus, it is apparent for a player to capitalize at whatever opportunity comes his way and thereby make a name for himself at the big stage.
In this article, we look at the top 5 fastest batsmen to reach 2000 runs in T20 internationals:
1. Virat Kohli
The run-machine Virat Kohli just keeps on piling the runs, no matter what the format it. His game doesn’t allow him to hit those big sixes, but still plays at a strike rate of above 135, courtesy his wristy flicks and the gift of timing.
While he missed out on just one inning to become the fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in T20 cricket, Virat Kohli holds the record for being the fastest to 2000 runs in the shortest format. The Indian skipper crossed the 2000 run mark in his 56th innings while playing against England on 3rd July 2018. He didn’t have to do too much in that game as he made an unbeaten 20 off 22 balls to guide his team home with 10 balls remaining.
2. Brendon McCullum
Easily one of the greatest T20 batsmen of all-time, former New Zealand skipper sits at the second spot, having reached the 2000 run mark in 66 innings.
Brendon McCullum is counted amongst the most destructive batsmen as his 154 run innings in the first game ever of Indian Premier League suggests. He went on to make massive records in the shortest format of the game.
Overall, McCullum has played 71 matches, amassing 2140 runs at an average of 35.66.
3. Martin Guptill
T20 cricket has to be Guptill’s favourite format as his numbers in the shortest format is nothing but exceptional.
So far, Martin Guptill has played 88 T20 games in which he has managed to collect 2536 runs with an average of 32.5 and an impressive strike rate of 134.6.
He reached the 2000-run mark in T20s in the year 2009. In what was his 68th T20 innings, Guptil scored his an exemplary knock of 59 runs off 43 balls against Pakistan and in the process reached the feat. As of now, Guptill is the third fastest to score 2000 runs in T20 cricket.
4. Paul Sterling
After seeing him play for more than a decade, one could say that the Ireland opener has improved phenomenally and today has made a reputation of being one of the most destructive batsmen in the international circuit. Sterling has given countless great starts to his side and is a vital cog in the team.
Paul Sterling has played more than 100 one-day internationals and 78 T20 internationals for the team. He has 2124 runs to his name in the shortest format and plays a strike rate of 139.3
Sterling touched the 2000-run landmark in his 72nd innings, while playing against West Indies recently on January 15th 2020. He is currently the fourth-fastest batsman to score 2000 runs in T20 cricket.
5. David Warner
A supremely talented, Warner was one lucky guy who got his admission into international cricket for Australia at a very small age. However, the Australian batsman didn’t let go off that opportunity as he kept on piling runs thereafter and today has become a force to reckon with.
Warner boasts of an impressive record in T20 cricket and especially in the Indian Premier League. The southpaw just knows how to play the game and never misses the impress the fans with his belligerent style of play.
In his 73rd T20 innings, David Warner completed 2000 to become the fifth fastest batsman to do so.