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Top 5 Batters To Score Fastest 1000 T20I Runs in Terms Of Balls

image-lsmlv67uGlenn Maxwell (L) with Tim David (R). (X.com)

The T20 format has long been characterized by the dominance of batsmen since its inception. Numerous players have launched their batting careers with remarkable starts and many have gone on to achieve significant success in the format. From pioneers like Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum to contemporary stars such as Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Suryakumar Yadav, and Glenn Maxwell, the T20 arena continues to nurture superstars.

Over the past decade, the format has posed increasing challenges for bowlers while providing favourable conditions for batters, thanks to flat pitches, short boundaries, and powerful bats. It's evident that batters hold sway in this format, dictating the course of the game with their aggressive stroke play.

With the ability to score quickly, batters often rack up big scores in a short span, capable of turning the tide of the game single-handedly on their best days. However, consistent performance over an extended period remains the hallmark of only a select few.

Among those few, some batters have managed to reach the remarkable milestone of 1000 runs at a rapid pace. England’s Dawid Malan and the Czech Republic’s Sabawoon Davizi share the distinction of being the joint-fastest batsmen to achieve this feat in T20 internationals, accomplishing it in just 24 innings. This achievement stands as the fastest by both a full-member and an associate-member player.

While Malan and Davizi reached the 1000-run mark in the fewest innings, another aspect worth exploring is the number of balls taken to reach this milestone. In this article, we look at the top five batters who achieved the milestone in T20Is by facing the fewest number of balls.

Suryakumar Yadav (573 balls)

image-lsmlwhtvSuryakumar Yadav. (X.com)

With a strike rate exceeding 170 and an average of over 45, there’s a compelling reason why Suryakumar Yadav tops this list. Ranked as the number one T20I batter in the world, Suryakumar has been a maverick since his debut for India in the shortest format. Such has been his impact that he has outshined senior pros like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Yadav’s approach to playing T20 cricket is straightforward: he attacks the bowling from the outset and targets different areas of the ground. In his 60 T20I appearances, he has amassed 2,141 runs at an average of 45.55 and a blistering strike rate of 171.55, including four centuries and 17 fifties.

Glenn Maxwell (604 balls)

image-lsmlxqi1Glenn Maxwell. (X.com)

The ‘Big Show’ recently became the second batter after Rohit Sharma to score five T20I centuries when he smashed an unbeaten 120 against the West Indies in the second T20I at the Adelaide Oval. Ranking second on the list, Maxwell's career strike rate of 155.26 makes this achievement less surprising. Maxwell has been a T20 stalwart for a considerable time. Similar to SKY, he possesses a wide array of shots that he can execute against top-quality bowlers. He has accumulated 2,417 runs in 103 matches at an average of 30.59.

Finn Allen (611 balls)

image-lsmlyt61Finn Allen. (X.com)

New Zealand has found the perfect replacement for Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill in Finn Allen. The dynamic right-handed batter has already notched up two T20I centuries in his relatively short career. Third on the list, Allen has taken just 611 balls to achieve this milestone. He is one of the modern-day batters who prefers to attack right from the start. Earlier this year, Allen smashed 137 against Pakistan in Dunedin, setting multiple records, including breaching the 1000-run mark in T20Is. With 1055 runs at an average of 26.35 and a strike rate of 163.82, he is expected to improve with experience and has the capability to dismantle most bowling attacks on his day.

Tim David (614 balls)

image-lsmlzomgTim David. (X.com)

David has emerged as one of the most destructive finishers in the shortest format of the game in recent years. From the BBL to the IPL and now the international arena, he is often compared to the likes of MS Dhoni, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell. Known for his powerful hitting in the latter stages of the innings, David is one of the most sought-after names in various T20 leagues. In his brief T20I career, he has replicated his success from franchise cricket on the international stage. Starting his international journey with Singapore, David switched allegiance to Australia in 2022, making his debut in a T20I against India. Since then, he has scored 1006 runs at an average of 38.69 and a strike rate of 163.05.

Ramesh Satheesan (629 balls)

image-lsmm0qqbRamesh Satheesan. (X.com)

While Ramesh Satheesan may not be a household name, he has rightfully earned his place in this elite list. Ranking fifth on the list of the fastest batters to reach 1000 runs, he achieved this milestone in just 629 balls. It's noteworthy that he represents Romania in international cricket