Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. They halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as Islanders were all out for 138 runs. In reply, the allrounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guide the team to lift the ICC trophy.
India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup.
During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers build several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who were the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup 2009.
Sri Lankan former cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan was the rampaging opener. He had a lean patch in 2008 but made a strong comeback in 2009. cementing his place once again in all the formats. The explosive batsman helped his team to the finals of ICC World Twenty20 in June 2009, picking up the man of the series award for finishing as the leading-run scorer of the tournament.
During the tournament, he amassed 317 runs in seven matches at the striking rate of 144.74 and an average of 52.83. Although he enjoyed immense success in the tournament, he failed to lead them to victory in the grand-finale against Pakistan.
Former South African cricketer Jacques Kallis is the best allrounder of all the times. He maintained his impeccable fitness and remained the leading scorer and wicket-taker for his side throughout his career. He is the only cricketer who has over 10,000 international runs and 250 wickets. He is counted among one of the best fielders because he had a safe pair of hands.
The allrounder was also the mainstay for his team in the T20 World Cup 2020 campaign as he was the second-highest scorer in the tournament. He scored 238 runs in six matches at the striking rate of 126.59 and an average of 59.50. Even though his best came in the semi-final against Pakistan, he could not lead the team to finish line and had a disheartening end of the T20 World Cup 2009.
The West Indies legend Chris Gayle is unarguably the best T20 batsman in the cricket world. He likes to hit the ball out of the park and shows no mercy to bowlers. His blistering knocks, comprising of boundaries and maximums, are entertainers for the fans. Currently, he is the only batsman to score over 10,000 runs in the T20 format.
In the ICC T20 World Cup 2009, he was the highest scorer for West Indies and overall third-highest. He garnered 193 runs in five matches at the striking rate of 134.02. However, his team failed to qualify for final as they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the semi-final.
Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was successful in cementing his place with his batting and improving keeping skills. He had a successful start of his career but soon he lost his form and was dropped from the team. He made several comebacks but lacked inconsistency. He also made the comeback in the T20 World Cup 2009 where he was impressed with the bat.
The attacking opening batsman amassed 188 runs in seven matches at the striking rate 125.33 but had a low average of 26.85. He was the leading scorer for his team and the fourth-highest scorer in the tournament.
AB de Villiers:
The former South Africa batsman and captain AB de Villiers is best suited for the shortest batsman. He amazes the bowlers with his trailblazing shots, which is why he is called Mr. 360. He can gather runs from every knock and corner of the ground. He got the attention worldwide during 2008-2009 as he became the leading scorer for the Proteas.
The attacking batsman was the second-highest run gatherer for his team after Jacques Kallis and fifth highest overall in T20 World Cup 2009. He scored 186 runs in six matches at the amazing strike rate of 155.00 during the tournament. Although he performed decently throughout the tour, he failed to deliver in the semi-finals against Pakistan though it was a low scoring match.