Batsmen with most T20I runs in a calendar year
Virat Kohli

2016 has been a dream year for Indian cricket’s beloved Virat Kohli. In just the span of 3 months, Kohli has raked up some unbelievable numbers for himself and the Delhi dasher seems unstoppable. India’s preparation for the ICC World T20 began in Australia, where Kohli scored 3 half-centuries in as many games, as India whitewashed the Kangaroos in their very own backyard.

Kohli’s persona was witnessed in the Asia Cup that followed as he was the spine of India’s batting and led India’s victorious onslaught. The bowlers in the ICC World T20 so far have been marauded by his willow and going into the semi-finals, all eyes are pinned upon the world’s best batsman.

Kohli by far has been the leading T20I run getter in 2016, with 536 runs in just 11 games. It is profusely hard to believe that Kohli averages a staggering 107.2 in T20I’s this year. Kohli had a fabulous 2012 as well when he had 471 runs to his name and that was just the start of his love affair with T20I’s.

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill though, had the most number of T20I runs in 2012, with his tally at 472 in 23 innings. Guptill’s tally was the second highest in terms of runs scored in a calendar year in T20I’s. Standing third on the list of most T20I runs in a calendar year is Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan with 471 runs in 2009.

Below, is the table, which showcases the batsmen according to the most T20I runs scored in a particular calendar year.

Batsman Country Runs Innings Year
Virat Kohli India 536 11 2016*
Martin Guptill New Zealand 472 23 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka 471 12 2009
Virat Kohli India 471 13 2012
Shabbir Rahman Bangladesh 463 16 2016*
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 459 15 2012
Umar Akmal Pakistan 441 17 2010
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 434 12 2009
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 417 12 2009
Mohammad Shahzad Afghanistan 407 12 2016*


Stats updated till 30th March 2016.


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