Many among the cricket fraternity regard Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the best batsman across all three formats of the game. The Delhi-born is regarded by many as the modern legend of this game. He is the only batter in the world to have scored runs at an average of 50+ in all the three formats. The Indian ace is one of a kind and it is mega-hard to even come close to him in terms of statistics.
During his international career, Kohli has notched up a total of 2794 runs in 76 T20 innings at an average of 50.8 and a healthystrike rate of 138.25. His T20I career has also featured an impressive 24 half-centuries. While he might arguably be the world’s best batsman at the moment, there have been better T20I averages than his.
Today, we are going to look at 4 batsman who have a had better T20I average than Virat Kohli. There are some surprising names in the list. So, without further ado, take a look.
4. Matthew Hayden (Australia)
Former Australian International Matthew Hayden scored scored 308 runs in 9 T20I matches at an impressive average of 51.33 and with a strike rate of 143.93. During his brief T20I career, the veteran Aussie opener also smashed 4 half-centuries. Hayden is regarded as one of the most aggressive batters in the game’s history and was a true legend in ODIs and Tests.
3. Usman Limbada (Canada)
Limbada, the 30-year-old Canadian batsman has scored 53 runs in 3 innings of 7 matches he played in the shortest format of the game. His average stands at an impressive 53 and he has maintained a pretty good strike rate of 129.27. His highest score in the T20I format is 21.
2. Marcus Trescothick (England)
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick scored 166 runs in the 3 matches he played in T20I at an average of 55.33 and with a strike rate of 126.72, during which he scored 2 half-centuries, where his highest score was 72 runs.
1. Travis Dowlin (West Indies)
Former West Indies batter Travis Dowlin sits at no.1 in todays’s list. His T20I career came to an end with 68 runs in two innings which came at an average of 68 and with a strike rate of 98.55. His highest ever T20I score was 37. This is surely a name not many were expecting on this list.