Irish opener Paul Stirling recently broke the world-record after becoming the most T20I run-scorer in a calendar year. To achieve this record, Stirling broke the record of Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Ireland are currently busy in the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. At the end of the Group Stage, Ireland managed the top position of the Group B points table. As they have directly qualified for the semifinals of this tournament, Ireland have also booked their ticket for the first round of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.
Ireland played their last group stage game of the ongoing tournament on last Saturday (29th October) against Nigeria. While Ireland thrashed Nigeria, Paul Stirling created a world record.
Paul Stirling has scored 694 T20I runs
Chasing down the 67 runs target, Stirling scored 11 runs and broke Shikhar Dhawan’s record – most T20I runs in a calendar year. Indian left-handed opening batsman Dhawan scored 689 T20I runs in 2018. After that T20I match against Nigeria, Stirling has scored 694 T20I runs in this calendar year (2019).
Meanwhile, another Irish T20I opener Kevin O’Brien is also chasing this record. In the same game, Kevin broke Dhawan’s record and has scored 690 T20I runs in 2019. The right-handed batsman scored 32 runs in that T20I against Nigeria.
Top five most T20I run-scorers in a calendar year
|Player (Team)||Runs scored||Year|
|Paul Stirling (Ireland)||694||2019|
|Kevin O’Brien (Ireland)||690||2019|
|Shikhar Dhawan (India)||689||2018|
|Max O’Dowd (Netherlands)||669||2019|
|Virat Kohli (India)||641||2016|
Coming to the Qualifier tournament, two group champions, Papua New Guinea and Ireland have qualified for the first round of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 after directly reaching the semifinals of the Qualifier tournament.
Meanwhile, Group A teams the Netherlands, Namibia and Scotland are fighting for the qualification of T20 World Cup 2020. On the other hand, Group B teams Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong are fighting for the qualification of the next T20 World Cup. All of them are ready to face the playoffs.