The T20I World Cup 2022 is ongoing and the world is getting a chance to see some of the finest batsmen of cricket swing for the stands. 

The brilliance on display has often proven to be what has helped teams surge forward in the tournament. Here’s a look at some of the highest run-scorers in the history of the T20I World Cup. 

Matthew Hayden (2007 T20 World Cup)

A pillar of the Australian line-up, the batsman wreaked havoc in the inaugural edition of the series in South Africa, hitting 32 fours and 10 sixes over the course of the tournament. He amassed 265 runs in six matches. 

Tillakaratne Dilshan (2009 T20 World Cup)

The former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team not only won the Player of the Tournament Award but smacked the ball into the boundaries a whopping 50 times, 18 more than Jacques Kallis. His performance in the semi-final, 96 runs off 57 balls helped Sri Lanka place themselves in the final against Pakistan.

Mahela Jayawardena (2010 T20 World Cup) 

In Sri Lanka’s opening match, Jayawardena smacked a resounding 81 runs off 51 balls against New Zealand. He then went on to score the country’s one and only T20 century, 100 off 64 against Zimbabwe

Shane Watson (2012 T20 World Cup)

Mercy was the last thing on the destructive Australian’s mind as he registed 249 runs through the tournament. He finished the T20 World Cup with a strike rate of 150, including three fifties. 

Virat Kohli (2014 T20 World Cup)

In just six games, Kohli racked up 319 runs with four half-centuries. His performance spurred the Men in Blue to action as they fought their way to the finals, only to fall to Sri Lanka.

Tamim Iqbal (2016 T20 World Cup)

The Bangladesh southpaw’s performance helped the team qualify for the Super 10 stage of the tournament. His opening match, he made 83 runs. His best performance came against Oman, with a brutal 103 off 63 runs. 

Babar Azam (2021 T20 World Cup)

The elegant Pakistani batsman scored a half-century in the team’s first win over India in this edition of the World Cup. Along with Mohammad Rizwan, the two made an unbeaten 152. 

Despite a strong performance, including three centuries, Pakistan was knocked out by Australia in the semi-final.