This year’s T20I cricket witnessed some outstanding batting performances as a few individual and collective records were shattered in the process. However, it was the Asian dominance in the death overs batting that has stood out above all.
Meanwhile, two Indians are included in the list of the most runs scored at the death in the shortest format for the ongoing year and both of them happen to be gifted power-hitters as well.
Without further ado, here’s a look at the top three batters to make a mark on this list.
3. Suryakumar Yadav (233)
Suryakumar Yadav occupies the third position in this category. He has been one of India’s most consistent performers and has left everyone spellbound with his batting pyrotechnics in the middle overs. The Mumbai cricketer has scored 233 runs at the death this year so far, but more importantly, he is currently the top-ranked batter in the shortest format of the game. Yadav had a good T20 World Cup in Australia finishing as India’s second-highest run-getter behind Virat Kohli, amassing 239 runs from six matches averaging 59.75.
2. Dasun Shanaka (240)
While pacer Dasun Shanaka was named Sri Lanka’s limited-overs captain, he also ensured to upgrade his batting skills this year and establish himself as a handy batter lower down the order- a move which has worked well till this point in time. Shanaka’s death overs batting has helped Sri Lanka in getting the valuable runs to challenge the opposition teams and it was under him that the island nation went on to lift the Asia Cup a couple of months ago in the UAE when they were written off by everyone. Dasun Shanaka has scored 240 runs so far while batting in the death overs this year.
1. Hardik Pandya (276)
Hardik Pandya needs no introduction and over the years has established himself as one of India’s most successful middle-order batters as well as a finisher with his ability to clear the boundary at will. While he scored a vital match-winning 40 in India’s T20 World Cup clash against arch-rivals Pakistan, the 29-year-old make a tremendous impact in the semis against England scoring a blistering 33-ball 63 at an outstanding strike rate of almost 191 as
India posted a challenging total of 168/6 on the board. The Baroda cricketer takes the top spot in this category as he has amassed 276 runs so far while batting at the death this year. Pandya has a good opportunity to add more runs to his tally in the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand.