David Warner Goes Past Mohammad Rizwan In An 'Elite' T20I Chart; Here's The List
Warner (L) & Rizwan (X.com)
Australia's swashbuckling opener David Warner may have missed out on another substantial score in the second T20I against the West Indies in Adelaide on Sunday (February 11). But the veteran left-hander's 22 off 19 balls in Australia's win was enough to help him climb up in overall list of top run-getters in T20Is.
Warner, who had made a tremendous 70 off 36 balls in the first T20I in Hobart on Friday, is now the seventh-highest run-getter in T20I history, having just surpassed Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan's tally.
The 37-year-old now has 2,986 runs in 101 T20Is for Australia at a healthy average of 33.17 while retaining an explosive strike-rate of 141.98. He pipped Rizwan, who is now eighth in the tally with 2,981 runs from 90 matches with 48.86 runs apiece at a strike-rate of 127.55.
Warner Climbs Up In T20I Runs Tally
Placed above Warner at the sixth slot is his former opening partner and skipper Aaron Finch, now retired from international cricket. Finch made 3,120 runs in 123 T20Is for Australia. With a lead of 318 runs, Ireland stalwart Paul Stirling is at fifth in the esteemed bracket after playing 134 T20Is.
New Zealand's elegant opening batter Martin Guptill is still the fourth in the elite list of players with his 3,531 runs arriving in 122 matches at a strike-rate of 135.70, including 2 centuries and 20 fifties.
Rizwan's renowned Pakistani teammate and modern-day batting giant, Babar Azam, is the third-highest run-getter in T20I history. Babar has made 3,698 runs from his 109 T20Is at an average of 41.55, with a strike rate touching 130.
At the second spot is veteran Indian opener Rohit Sharma after plundering his 3,974 runs in 151 T20Is at a strike rate of 139.97 while averaging just short of 32 with five centuries and 29 fifties to his name.
Reigning at the top is legendary Virat Kohli, who is the only player to have breached the 4,000 run mark in the shortest format. Kohli currently boasts 4,037 runs from 117 T20Is, with his strike rate of 138.15 maintained at an average of 51.75.