When it comes to the ICC knockout matches, there has always been a mental battle between the batters and bowlers. However, the ones who remain resilient are destined for greatness. The batsmen who perform in high-pressure games are “clutch players”.
Every top team in international cricket must have got clutch players in their arsenal. Had it not been for their excellence in ICC knockout matches, the teams would simply be blown to bits. It is imperative for the batters to assess the conditions before going about their business.
It is just that some players are destined to perform well under pressure and in this article, we will take a glimpse at the five players who took the least innings to compose five scores of 50-plus in the ICC knockout matches.
1. Steve Smith
Steve Smith is one of the best batsmen in the world. He comes first on the list for taking the least innings (8) to score 5 fifty-plus scores in the ICC knockout matches.
2. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest all-rounders in the world. Proteas’ legend comes second on the list as he took 10 innings to chip in with five fifty-plus scores in the ICC knockout games.
3. Virat Kohli
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli who is considered the best all-format player comes third on the list as he took eleven innings to compose five fifty-plus scores in the ICC knockout games.
4. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. The Master Blaster holds the record for scoring the most runs in both Tests and ODIs, a stellar record that remains intact. He took twelve innings to essay five fifty-plus scores in the ICC knockout games.
5. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. The former Sri Lankan captain took 17 innings to score 5 fifty-plus scores in the ICC knockout games.
Updated as of June 8, 2023*