When the T-20 format came in 2005 the scores of around 150 to 160 was a good total but nowadays with the scores of 170-200 is easily achievable and most times even chased down by the opponent team. The batsmen must have the skill of hitting sixes out of the ground, defend and steal singles according to the need of the hour and pace his innings accordingly.
Now, we look at the 5 batsmen who have demonstrated the knack of changing gears in a T20 match whenever situation demands.
1. Suresh Raina (India)
Suresh is an important member of the Indian team and came to limelight by hitting a century for India in the T-20 World Cup held in 2010. His highest International score was 101 against South Africa in the year 2010. He plays for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings.
He has never missed an Indian Premier League match for CSK. He is a quick runner between the wickets and has all the shots in his armor. He is an asset and has been a consistent performer for the Chennai Super Kings. He comes at number 3 for CSK and produces match winning performances for them.
In the recently concluded Champions league T-20, he hit a century against Kolkata Knight Riders to help CSK to win their second champions league title. His highest score in T-20 for Chennai Super Kings has been 109 not out in 2014. He is an excellent fielder which can field at any position and save on an average 15-20 runs in each innings.
2. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Maxwell is one of most hard-hitting batsmen in recent times. He makes the bowler think to stop the run flow. He played with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in 2013 and played a crucial role in helping the team to win the IPL title. In 2014, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab.
He has played for 7 domestic teams in T-20 over the past 4 years. His form in the first leg of the IPL he played he scored some outstanding knocks of 95, 89, 95. He hits the spinners out of the ground with the reverse sweeps.
3. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
AB De Villiers has played for 4 different franchises in T-20 around the World. He played for Delhi Daredevils franchise earlier in the IPL. His highest score has been 105 not out against Chennai Super Kings in the year 2009. His recent performance in T-20 for Royal Challengers Bangalore has been extra-ordinary.
He hit sixes of the fastest bowlers of the world Dale Steyn twice. He sits down on his leg and hits the bowl long way. If he stays for a first few balls, then he does just not allow the bowler to settle and just hammers them. He creates room for himself and just times the ball and it goes for sixes.
4. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Chris Gayle is one of the most hard-hitting batsmen in the world. He changed the style of batting in T-20. His brutal power makes him a dangerous batsman. He has played for 11 different franchises in T-20 format around the World.
He has 13 centuries to his name in the shorter format of the game. His best knock came in IPL 2013 when he smashed 175 runs off 66 balls. He opens the batting and if the bowler does not get him out early, he will just destroy the bowling attack. The people just come to watch and enjoy the power hitting.
5. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
Brendon McCullum plays for the New Zealand team. He has played for 9 different franchises around the World in this format over the past 7 years. He had played for Kolkata Knight Riders earlier in Indian Premier League. His highest score in the IPL has been 158 off 73 balls in the year 2008. He has played for Chennai Super Kings in season 7 of IPL.
He has scored 2 centuries in International cricket for New Zealand. His highest score in T-20 international matches has been 116 off 56 balls against Australia in 2010 and 123 off 58 balls against Bangladesh in the year 2012 in the T-20 World Cup.
He gives the team a quick start and just gives the freedom to other batsmen to increase the total scoring. His fielding is an added asset for the team as he can save many runs at any position.