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Today, we take a look at the Top 5 batsmen with highest strike rate in T20Is. With the continuous evolution of the game and the constant invention and improvisation in terms of stroke play, batsmen are getting increasingly more joy against the bowlers, who continue to develop new variations to catch the batsmen off-guard. SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 batsmen with highest strike in T20Is recognises those who find the most pleasure in taking bowlers to the cleaners. And there are a few surprising names here, let me warn you! Not that we have only chosen cricketers who have played a minimum of 5 matches, so a certain Damien Martyn from Australia misses out with a strike rate of 162.16 from 4 matches.
5. Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is the holder of the highest ever T20 international score with his sensational 156 off just 63 deliveries against England at Southampton last year. Finch possesses a wide range of strokes through the entire field and his unrestrained hard-hitting approach has paide dividends as Finch sits at the pinnacle of the T20 rankings for batsmen. Smith‘s majestic on drive and his strength on both sides of the wicket is one of the major reasons why the Aussies are one of the favorites to lift the World T20 crown.
4. Craig McMillan
Craig McMillan was not the most technically gifted batsman in the world, but he was more than capable of spanking some of the most potent bowling attacks in the world. McMillan was the pillar of New Zealand‘s often shaky middle order, and was also their most destructive batsman. McMillan was New Zealand’s star performer in the inaugral World T20 in 2007 and top scored with 163 runs with an average of 40.75 and a phenomenal strike-rate of 181, following which he announced his retirement from the spor.
3. Glenn Maxwell
Any cricket fan who saw Maxwell‘s mauling of the Pakistan bowling attack on Sunday with his no-holds-barred hitting in a stunning innings of 74 off a mere 33 deliveries will concede that there are very few in world cricket who can inflict that amount of carnage. And the great attribute that Maxwell has is none of his strokes were unorthodox slogs – rather conventional cricket shots highlighting his strength through the mid-wicket region and down the ground. Maxwell is 3rd in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 batsmen with highest strike in T20Is.
2. Luke Ronchi
The wicket-keeper batsman, who has represented both Australia and New Zealand, is a handy customer lower down the order with his lusty blows, and with an impressive strike rate of 168.18 from 9 T2OI matches, Ronchi will be a key player in New Zealand’s pursuit for their first World T20 crown. Ronchi takes the 2nd spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 batsmen with highest strike in T20Is.
1. Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds may not have been a very good boy on and off the field, but his record in T20 cricket is as impressive as it gets. In 14 T20I matches, Symonds has scored 337 runs at an impressive average of 48.14 and a phenomenal strike rate of 169.34, a testament to his exceptional power-hitting. Symonds’ credentials require no introduction – Symonds’ exploits with the Deccan Chargers earned him admirers all around India as the Aussie was one of the most consistent performers in Hyderabad’s Indian Premier League winning campaign in 2009.