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10 Best T20 Batsmen In The World As Per International Cricket Council

  • December 22, 2021
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There are 16 teams in the world that play the Twenty20 format of cricket and are recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 16 teams are Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

It could never be easy to see your favourite player not being ranked amongst the 10 best T20 batsmen in the world as of 2021, however, it takes ICC immense time and hard work to assess the performances of these batsmen and then rank them on several sets.

Though these rankings change over time depending upon several factors like the number of matches played by the player, performance of the player in the Twenty20 matches they played, ICC also considers the circumstances in the match before rating the player on the scale of 0 to 1000.

Without further ado, let us take a look at the list.

1Dawid MalanENG915 v South Africa, 01/12/2020
2Babar AzamPAK896 v England, 05/05/2019
3Aaron FinchAUS900 v Zimbabwe, 03/07/2018
4Virat KohliIND897 v England, 07/09/2014
5Devon ConwayNZ784 v Bangladesh, 30/03/2021
6KL RahulIND854 v England, 03/07/2018
7Mohammad RizwanPAK728 v India, 24/10/2021
8Quinton de KockSA671 v Sri Lanka, 14/09/2021
9Evin LewisWI780 v England, 16/09/2017
10Hazratullah ZazaiAFG736 v West Indies, 16/11/2019
Official Top T20 Batsmen according to ICC, 2021

Who are the Top T20 Batsmen In The World?

This year has been great for Cricket and we have seen some great action on the ground. However, a handful of batsmen could prove their prowess on the pitch, let us see who those 10 batsmen are.

1. Dawid Malan

Best T20 Batsman In The World: Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan is an English cricketer who could be described as a late bloomer in the international circuit. The 34-year-old Roehampton-born cricketer only made his debut in T20 in 2017, at the age of 30. But he soon made a name for himself and ranks number 1 on the list of best T20 batsmen in the world as per ICC.

Dawid was called up to the national T20 team for the 3-match series against South Africa in 2017 and in his debut, he smashed 78 runs in just 44 deliveries and even earned himself the Man of the Match award.

He holds the record for the highest T20 innings by any England player. He is also the fastest player to reach 1000 runs in T20 in just 24 innings, leaving behind both Babar Azam (26) and Virat Kohli (27).

Fun Facts:

Nickname: AC, The Milky Way Boss

Height: 6 feet

Batting: Left-handed batsman

Spouse: Claire Mottram (2019)

T20 Debut: 25th June 2017 against South Africa

T20 Batting Stats: 30 matches, 30 innings with an Average of 43.19 and a Strike Rate of 139.33

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2. Babar Azam

Best T20 Right-handed Batsman: Babar Azam

Babar Azam, who is often compared to Virat Kohli for his playing style, and made his debut against England more than 1 year after he made his ODI debut for Pakistan.

The 27-year-old is the captain of the Pakistan Cricket team across all formats. As of now, he ranks 2nd on the ICC T20 batsmen rankings. In September of 2019, he was named the vice-captain of the Pakistan Cricket team across all formats and the next month, October 2019, he was named the Captain for the T20 format of the team.

Babar Azam holds the record of reaching the 2,000 run-mark the fastest as it took him just 52 innings. It took Virat Kohli 56 innings to reach the 2,000 run-mark in T20. Australia’s Aaron Finch ranks 3rd with 62 innings.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Bobby, Bobzy

Height: 5 feet 11  inches

Batting: Right-handed batsman

Spouse: Unmarried

T20 Debut: 7th September 2016 against England

T20 Batting Stats: 61 matches, 56 innings with an Average of 46.89 and a Strike Rate of 130.65

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3. Aaron Finch

Best Australian T20 Batsman of all time: Aaron Finch

Aaron James Finch is an Australian international cricket player who is known for his hard-hitting and as a match finisher. Born on 17th November 1986, the 34-year-old player ranks third on the list of the world’s best T20 batsmen and shows no sign of slowing down.

Finch made his T20 debut almost 11 years ago against England and played an unbeaten inning of 15 runs from 14 balls having come at a 3-down position. However, it was the second match against England where he showed his power-hitter prowess. He scored 53 in just 33 balls and earned the Man of the Match award.

Finch holds multiple records in the T20 format of the game including most runs in an innings by a captain with 172 runs, he also has the record to his name of the player with most fours in an innings with 16.

Finch also enjoys the record of the highest percentage of runs in a completed innings with 75.10%.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Finchy

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Batting: Right-handed batsman

Spouse: Amy Griffiths (2018)

T20 Debut: 12th January 2011 against England

T20 Batting Stats: 76 matches, 76 innings with an Average of 37.47 and a Strike Rate of 150.24

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4. Virat Kohli

One of the best T20 Batsmen from India: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is the captain of the Indian T20 squad, however, will quit that position after the ICC T20 World Cup ends. As of now, Kohli ranks 4th in the list of top T20 batsmen in the world as per the International Cricket Council.

Virat Kohli’s batting prowess is second to none, he is regarded as one of the best top-order batsmen of all times and if given the option would choose to chase a target rather than setting one for the opponent.

Born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi, he made it to the T20 International format in 2010 just 21 years old. Virat Kohli not only has the most Player of the Series awards (7) in T20 international, he also has the most runs scored in this format (3216).

Virat Kohli also has the highest batting average in T20I, as well as most fifties in T20I (29).

Virat Kohli, apart from being a gifted cricketer in terms of talent, has worked very hard on his game and fitness which lets him pick up the length early and has a swift and decisive backward or forward movement.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Chikoo/ Chiku

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Batting: Right-handed batsman

Spouse: Anushka Sharma (2017)

T20 Debut: 12th June 2010 against ZimbabweT20 Batting Stats: 90 matches, 85 innings with an Average of 52.72 and a Strike Rate of 138.56

5. Devon Conway

New Zealand T20 ranking batsmen: Devon Conway

Devon Conway, born in July 1991 is a 30-year-old New Zealand professional cricketer, however, he is one of the 5 South Africans who have played for New Zealand. Yes, Conway is a South African by birth, he was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal.

Conway shares the 1st rank for Highest Partnership for the 3rd wicket in T20 with GD Phillips. They scored 184 runs against West Indies in November last year. Conway also ranks 6th for Most runs in an innings by a wicketkeeper with an unbeaten 92 run innings against Bangladesh in March this year.

Conway shifted to New Zealand in 2017 and was already an established name in the domestic circuit of South Africa with close to 100 First-Class matches and 70 List A matches. Conway became eligible to represent New Zealand in 2020 and that’s when he made his T20 debut.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Conway

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Batting: Left-handed batsman

Spouse: Kim Watson (Fiancee)

T20 Debut: 27th November 2020 against West Indies

T20 Batting Stats: 14 matches, 11 innings with an Average of 59.12 and a Strike Rate of 151.12

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6. KL Rahul

KL Rahul in top T20 batsman ranking

KL Rahul hails from a background of high academic standards as his father is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the prestigious National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Similar to Virat Kohli, Rahul made his debut against Zimbabwe but only 6 years after.

In the match against Zimbabwe KL Rahul opened the game, however, could not make a mark as he was sent back to the dressing room on the very first ball by Donald Tiripano. However, in the 2nd T20, KL Rahul showed his class and scored unbeaten 47 in 40 balls smashing 2 maximums and 2 boundaries.

KL Rahul also ranks 2nd on the list of Most runs in an innings when batting at #4 with an unbeaten 110. He was Number 1 until February of 2019 when Australia’s Glenn Maxwell hit 113* against India. Yet, Rahul still retains 6th position as the best T20 batsman ranking in the ICC list.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: KL

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Batting: Left-handed batsman

Spouse: Athiya Shetty (Girlfriend)

T20 Debut: 18th June 2016 against Zimbabwe

T20 Batting Stats: 49 matches, 46 innings with an Average of 39 and a Strike Rate of 141.43

7. Mohammad Rizwan

Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman: Mohammad Rizwan

Another Pakistani opener makes it to the list, this time it is the 29 years olf Mohammad Rizwan who is a highly rated wicketkeeper-batsman and is a big fan of former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist.

Rizwan made his T20 debut against Bangladesh, however, did not get a chance to bat in the match. Rizwan made it to the Pakistan National team at the age of 22, an incredible feat considering he was just 17 when he joined the Peshawar College team.

Rizwan holds the record of most runs in a calendar year in the T20 format with 831 runs which he scored this year. He also has the second-highest batting average in the T20 format of 52.00.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Rizwan

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Batting: Right-handed batsman

Spouse: Single

T20 Debut: 24th April 2015 against Bangladesh

T20 Batting Stats: 44 matches, 33 innings with an Average of 52.0 and a Strike Rate of 130.0

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8. Quinton de Kock

Only South African player in top T20 ranking batsmen: Quinton de Kock

The only South African who made it to the top 10 T20 batsmen is Quinton de Kock who ranks 8th as of now. He is one of those players who ticks all the boxes when you look for a near-perfect cricketer. Apart from being a great batsman, he is a superb wicketkeeper as well.

He made his T20 debut when he was just 20 years old and played a splendid inning of 28* in just 23 deliveries hitting 5 boundaries. He also helped in sending Rob Nicol and James Franklin from behind the stumps.

Kock has the 2nd most dismal with 64, He also has 2nd most catches taken to his name with 49, in T20 format.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Quinny

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Batting: Left-handed batsman

Spouse: Sasha Hurly (2016)

T20 Debut: 21st December 2012 against New Zealand

T20 Batting Stats: 58 matches, 58 innings with an Average of 34.61 and a Strike Rate of 135.66

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9. Evin Lewis

Best T20 Batsman from West Indies: Evin Lewis

The only West Indies player to have made it to the top 10 T20 batsmen in the world is 29-year-old Evin Lewis. He is one of the few players in the shortest format of the game, yet, to have 2 or more centuries under his belt.

Lwin smashed his first T20 century against India which was only his 2nd T20I ever, and it took him just 48 balls to reach a ton. His second T20I century, too, came against India where he remained unbeaten after scoring 125 at Sabina Park in 2017. In this innings, Lewis hit 12 maximums and had a Strike Rate of 201.61.

As an opener, E Lewis ranks 7th on the list of all-time high scorers. He also has the 4th highest strike rate (157.80) in the T20 format in the world.

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Junior Gayle, Lewis

Height: 6 feet 2 inches

Batting: Left-handed batsman

Spouse: Single

T20 Debut: 27th March 2016 against Afghanistan

T20 Batting Stats: 47 matches, 46 innings with an Average of 31.36 and a Strike Rate of 157.89

10. Hazratullah Zazai

ICC T20 ranking batsman from Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai

Hazratullah Zazai is a 23-year-old cricketer from Afghanistan who has been smashing records almost every game now. Imagine having played just 16 T20I and still ranking 10th on the list of best T20 batsmen in the world.

Zazai has a Hayden-Esque presence on the field and showed signs of being a prodigy as a teenager when in a T20I he scored 82 runs. In just 16 matches he has amassed 614 runs which could see him break the record to fastest to reach 1,000 runs. The record was helped by the current #1 on the list.

Having said this, Hazratullah has some incredible records under his name in T20 format like he has the most runs scored from Fours and Sixes in an innings (140), Highest partnership for the First wicket (236) which is also the highest partnership for any wicket. In the same match, he also took the 2nd rank in Most runs in an innings by a batsman with an unbeaten 162.

He also holds the record for most sixes in an innings (16).

Fun Facts:

Nickname: Hazrat

Height: 6 feet

Batting: Left-handed batsman

Spouse: Single

T20 Debut: 16th December 2016 against the United Arab Emirates

T20 Batting Stats: 16 matches, 16 innings with an Average of 40.93 and a Strike Rate of 154.66

With this, we conclude the list of the 10 best T20 batsmen in the world in 2022 as per ICC. Do you think there is someone else more deserving on the list? Go right ahead, make a case in the comments.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question 1: Who is the No 1 T20 batsmen in the world?
Answer 1: As of now, the 34-year-old Dawid Malan from England ranks No 1 in T20 in the world with a rating of 841/1000 given by the International Cricket Council.

Question 2: Which of the top 10 T20 batsmen scored maximum centuries in T20 International cricket?
Answer 2: Left-hand opening batsman from West Indies and 9th in the ICC T20 batsman ranking, Evin Lewis scored 2 centuries in 23 matches and 23 innings.

About The Author


Kumkum’s passion for serving quality content has been a constant motivator for her to pursue content writing. Having graduated in Finance, she has always been inclined towards garnering information on the several ways to make money online. This has driven her to explore the countless gaming platforms that exist online and ways to leverage them to earn real money. She has over a decade's experience penning down articles centred around online gaming, particularly fantasy cricket, rummy and pool. See full bio

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