Have you ever wondered why the commentators keep on talking about Strike Rate in T20I cricket? It is because the T20I game is all about strike rate, which means the ability of a batsman to hit maximum runs in minimum balls. That’s why T20I is not a game of averages like Test and ODI formats. The higher the Strike Rate of the batsman, the better the chances the team will score more runs.
In the last few years, we have seen many international cricketers from all around the world playing T20I cricket in the franchise and international format. The names like Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Maxwell, Pollard are some known names who are known for having an incredible strike rate while playing conventional cricketing shots. But they also need to be aggressive at the same time especially in the death overs.
There have been many Indian batsmen who have first-rate strike rates while playing T20 internationals. These players not only have tremendous strike rates but also redefined the way how the game is played. In Fact, they have already become the legends of T20 cricket for fans from all over the globe. So, without further ado let us have a look at the list of the top 5 Indian batsmen with the highest strike rates in T20 internationals.
5. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is the all-time leading run-getter in the T20I format and to be honest he is one of the best players in the last 10 years. He is the only player also to have an average of over 50 in the shortest format of the game. Virat Kohli has a strike rate of 137.90 in the 87 innings he played in. With 29 half-centuries to his name, Kohli has proved he is one of the best hitters of all time. We hope that Virat keeps playing such destructive innings and improves his strike rate with time.
4. Rohit Sharma
Often regarded as one of the top white-ball cricketers including T20I format, Rohit Sharma, the fresh and newly appointed white-ball captain of team India, has an average of 140.28 in the shortest format of the game. Rohit has batted for more than 111 innings for team India with 4 centuries to his name. Everybody knows his ability to strike the ball in every direction especially his hook and pull shots. The strike rate of over 140 justifies his way of destructive batting. The fans and we both hope the same from Rohit Sharma in the upcoming matches as his responsibilities have increased after becoming the captain of the team.
3. KL Rahul
KL Rahul is indeed one of India’s finest T20I batsmen that we have ever seen. He often opens up with the Rohit Sharma of the innings and cracks up shots all over the ground. With a strike rate of 142.49, he has batted in more than 50 innings for team India. With an average of 40, he had a strike rate of 140+ in the shortest format of the game. He is also the current vice-captain of the team and with added responsibilities on his shoulders, fans want him to keep scoring like this and prove his mantle in every format of the game.
2. Virendar Sehwag
Even though Sehwag retired a long time ago, he still has the highest strike rate in T20 international cricket for India. He didn’t play much T20s for India but he was one of the important members of the 2007 World cup winning team. Along with Gautam Gambhir, Sehwag used to give blistering starts to team India in every game. Sehwag has a strike rate of 145.38 in T20 internationals for India. It is true that he has only played for a few years but he took Indian cricket to new heights and Rohit Sharma is taking his legacy forward.
1. Harkdik Pandya
Hardik Pandya may be having a rough patch in life and it’s true that it is very difficult to come back from the injury but he still has the best strike rate in the T20I format for team India. With a blasting strike rate of 146.29, he is topping the list of the top 5 Indian batsmen with the highest strike rates in T20Is. Although he has only played 36 innings for India, he has done wonders every time when he was in the middle. Just like MS Dhoni he has finished the game for team India many times and is regarded as the most feared batter in the world when he is in the form. The upcoming IPL is going to be really crucial for him as he is going to captain the new Ahmedabad franchise for the first time. We all hope he overcomes his fitness issues and wins matches for India in the future.
These are the top 5 Indian batsmen with the highest strike rate in T20 internationals. We hope all these players keep on playing like this for team India and increase their strike rates in the next few matches. Because the next T20 world cup is around the corner we all want these players to perform at the maximum level. We hope you like this list of the Indian batsmen with the highest strike rate. Until then, Goodbye!