Highest Averages in T20 Internationals
The shortest format of the game has separate demands from the players. It’s a fast-paced game and the strike rate matters as much as the consistency in run-scoring. Very few have been able to achieve both. This is a list of players with the highest averages in T20 internationals. The qualification criterion is a minimum of 50 T20I innings.
- V Kohli (IND)
- JP Duminy (SA)
- AJ Finch (AUS)
- MS Dhoni (IND)
- BB McCullum (NZ)
- GJ Maxwell (AUS)
- KS Williamson (NZ)
- RG Sharma (IND)
- CH Gayle (WI)
- MJ Guptill (NZ)
The list features Kohli at the top and along with him, there are two more Indians on this list, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. The list also features 3 players from New Zealand. 2 Australian players and 1 each from South Africa and West Indies have made it to this list as well. This list is a combination of hard hitters and classy players. Let’s begin with Virat Kohli, the only person to have an average of more than 50 in T20Is.
- 1. Average 50.8 – V Kohli (IND)
- 2. Average 38.68 – JP Duminy (SA)
- 3. Average 38.43 – AJ Finch (AUS)
- 4. Average 37.6 – MS Dhoni (IND)
- 5. Average 35.66 – BB McCullum (NZ)
- 6. Average 33.52 – GJ Maxwell (AUS)
- 7. Average 32.64 – KS Williamson (NZ)
- 8. Average 32.62 – RG Sharma (IND)
- 9. Average 32.54 – CH Gayle (WI)
- 10. Average 32.51 – MJ Guptill (NZ)
1. Average 50.8 – V Kohli (IND)
Indian captain and an all-format player Virat Kohli tops the list of batsmen with the highest averages in T20I cricket. In 76 T20I innings (82 matches), Virat Kohli has scored 2794 runs at an average of 50.8 with 24 half-centuries and 21 not outs. The only player with an average of more than 50. In fact, no other player on this list has an average of more than 40 either.
Kohli has managed to achieve an average of above 50 with a decent strike rate of 138.24. Kohli averages more than 50 against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies and Afghanistan. He averages around 80 against Sri Lanka (84.75) and Pakistan (84.66). He has an unbelievable average of 94.90 in Bangladesh and has close to 80 in Australia.
2. Average 38.68 – JP Duminy (SA)
Jean-Paul Duminy, South African southpaw and a clean striker of the cricket ball, is second on this list with an average of 38.68 in 75 T20I innings (81 matches) with just 11 half-centuries and 25 not-out innings. He has scored 1934 runs in total at a strike rate of 126.24, which is among the bottom three on this list.
Duminy has the highest average against India – 59.00 in 10 matches (295 runs). Apart from India, he has an average of more than 50 against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. His worst average is against West Indies, 6.60 in 6 matches. With 240 runs in 5 matches, Duminy has the best average of 68.00 in Australia. He has the best average in Asian countries, 57.83.
3. Average 38.43 – AJ Finch (AUS)
Just behind JP Duminy, placed third, is the current Australian captain Aron Finch. He has scored 2114 runs in 64 innings (64 matches) at an average of 38.43 with 2 centuries, 12 half-centuries and just 9 not-out innings. He has scored these at a healthy strike rate of 154.64, second-highest among the players on this list.
Among the oppositions, with a criterion of minimum 5 matches, Aron Finch has the best average against England, 61.11 in 12 matches (550 runs). Keeping the same criterion, Finch averages the worst against Sri Lanka, 27.12 in 8 matches (64 runs). Finch has the best average in Zimbabwe, 76.50 in 5 matches (306 runs). In England, he has the second-best average of 61.66 in 6 matches (370 runs).
4. Average 37.6 – MS Dhoni (IND)
Another Indian and former all-format captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is placed fourth with an average of 37.6 in 85 innings (98 matches) in T20Is. He scored 1617 runs at a strike rate of 126.13 with just 2 fifties and 42 not outs. The number of not outs made a big difference in his average. His prime responsibility was to be there until the end and finish matches for India.
Dhoni was out only once in 5 matches against Bangladesh which led to his average of 89. His next best is an average of 49.33 in 14 matches against England (296 runs). He scored maximum runs against Australia, 313 runs, in 17 matches at an average of 39.12. In Bangladesh, Dhoni has the best average of 92.00 in 11 T20Is with 7 not outs.
5. Average 35.66 – BB McCullum (NZ)
Next on the list at the 5th spot is Brandon McCullum from New Zealand. The explosive opener scored runs at an average of 35.66 in 70 innings (71 matches) in T20Is. Overall, he scored 2140 runs with 2 centuries, 13 half-centuries and 10 not-out innings. McCullum was known for scoring some quick runs at the top of the order.
With a minimum of 5 innings being the criterion, McCullum has the best average against Zimbabwe as he scored 205 runs in 5 innings with an average of 68.33. He played the most T20Is against England and in 13 games against them, he scored 314 runs at an average of 28.54. He has an average of 43.72 at home, the best in any country with a minimum of 5 matches.
6. Average 33.52 – GJ Maxwell (AUS)
Explosive middle-order batsman for Australia, Glenn Maxwell, is placed sixth on the list of batsmen with the highest averages in T20I cricket. He averages 33.52 in 57 innings (64 matches) in T20Is so far. He has scored a total of 1609 runs, the lowest on this list, with 3 centuries, the most on this list, and 7 half-centuries with 9 not-out innings.
In 6 matches against Sri Lanka, Maxwell averages a whopping 140.50 with an unbeaten century of 145 not out. He has played the most T20I innings against India and has scored 353 runs in 11 such innings at an average of 35.30. All of his 3 international T20 centuries have been unbeaten knocks, against Sri Lanka (145*), India (113*) and England (103*).
7. Average 32.64 – KS Williamson (NZ)
Placed seventh, we have the New Zealand skipper and one of the most elegant batsmen, Kane Williamson. He has scored 1665 runs at an average of 32.64 in 58 innings (60 matches) with 11 half-centuries and 7 not outs. He scored these runs at a strike rate of 125.18, the lowest on this list.
Williamson has the best average against Bangladesh, 62.33, with 187 runs in 5 innings. He has played the most T20Is against Pakistan, scoring 356 runs in 12 innings at an average of 32.36. In 28 innings played home, Williamson scored 920 runs at an average of 41.81. In 2016, he played 10 T20Is and scored 383 runs at an average of 47.87.
8. Average 32.62 – RG Sharma (IND)
Very close behind Kane Williamson is a clean striker of the ball and opener for India, Rohit Sharma, who is eighth on the list of batsmen with the highest averages in T20Is. He has scored 2773, second-highest on this list, at an average of 32.62 with 4 centuries, highest in T20Is, 21 half-centuries and 15 not outs. He scored these runs at a strike rate of 138.78.
Rohit has an average of more than 40 against England, West Indies and Bangladesh considering the criterion of minimum 5 matches. His 4 T20 international centuries have come against England, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Two centuries have been unbeaten. His averages in home and away conditions are identical, at around 30, whereas at neutral venues, Rohit Sharma averages 46.88.
9. Average 32.54 – CH Gayle (WI)
The Universe Boss, who has lit up the T20 world with his six-hitting abilities, is 9th on the list of highest T20I averages. He has scored 1627 runs in 54 innings (58 matches) at an average of 32.54 with 2 centuries, 13 half-centuries and 4 not outs. He scored these runs with a strike rate of 142.84, the third-highest on this list.
Gayle averages 43.85 against South Africa in 7 matches (307 runs) followed by an average of 42.71 against Australia in 8 innings (299 runs). His strike rate has been phenomenal against South Africa, at 195.54. Chris Gayle averages best at neutral venues with an average of 50.26 in 19 innings (754 runs).
10. Average 32.51 – MJ Guptill (NZ)
At last, placed 10th, we have a Kiwi batsman and an opener, Martin Guptill. He has scored 2536 runs, 3rd-highest on this list, in 85 innings (88 matches) with an average of 32.51 with 2 centuries, 15 half-centuries and 7 not outs. He has scored these runs with a healthy strike rate of 134.6.
Guptill averages 118.50 in 5 innings against Zimbabwe (237 runs) followed by an average of 53.00 against South Africa in 10 innings (424 runs). His couple of T20 international centuries have come against South Africa and Australia. His strike rate has been pretty consistent against all oppositions with the highest of 145.48 against England.
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