The first Twenty20 International game between two men’s teams was played in 2005, involving the likes of Australia and New Zealand. The shortest format did impress the fans with engaging action, entertainment and some thrills and chills during the passage of play.
The truncated version captivated the fans with all its drama and excitement and since then it became a major hit among the fans of the cricket fraternity. The first T20I World Cup was launched in 2007 and India won the inaugural edition. Since then, West Indies and England have won two T20 World Cup titles.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan have won a title each. Case in point, Team India have brilliant cricketers who have excelled in the T20I format. In this article, let’s take a look at the three Indians who aggregated the most runs in T20Is.
1. Virat Kohli
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s record across all formats of the game has been really impressive. This is precisely the reason why he is the best all-format batter in the world. The right-handed batsman comes first on the list as he mustered the most runs as an Indian in T20Is.
For the record, Virat Kohli is also the leading run-scorer in T20Is with 4008 runs in 115 matches and is the only batsman to complete 4000 runs in T20Is. He scored 1 century and 37 half-centuries and maintained an average of 52.73 at a healthy strike rate of 137.96.
2. Rohit Sharma
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is the second-leading run-scorer in Twenty20 Internationals. Popularly known as Hitman for his incredible six-hitting abilities, Rohit Sharma has well and truly entertained the fans with his exquisite batting technique.
Having played 148 T20Is so far, the experienced campaigner scored 3853 runs at an average of 31.32 including 4 centuries and 29 fifties. He is the only cricketer to score four centuries in T20Is.
3. KL Rahul
KL Rahul comes third on the list as he is the third-leading run-scorer for India in Twenty20 Internationals. The right-handed batsman is known for his potential to play classy drives and magnificent sixes.
KL Rahul has played 72 T20Is for India wherein he scored 2265 runs at an average of 37.75 including two centuries and 22 half-centuries.
Updated as of August 3, 2023*