Most Runs in a Single Edition of T20 World Cup

The ICC T20 World Cup is the world’s premier Twenty20 cricket tournament, with teams worldwide competing to win the coveted trophy. Over the years, the tournament has seen some incredible performances, with some players taking the game to a new level.

In 2007, South Africa hosted the T20 World Cup’s inaugural edition. The T20 format thereafter began to gain momentum. This article will look at the cricketers with the most runs in a single edition of T20 World Cup. Go through the leading run scorer in every season of the T20 world cup.

List of Players with the Most runs in One Season of T20 World Cup

Mathew HaydenAustralia2007626588.334/0
Tillakaratne DilshanSri Lanka2009731752.833/0
Mahela JayawardeneSri Lanka2010630260.402/1
Virat KohliIndia20146319106.334/0
Tamim IqbalBangladesh2015629573.751/1
Babar AzamPakistan2021630360.604/0
David WarnerAustralia2021728948.173/0
Virat Kohli India 2022629698.664/0
Mohammad RizwanPakistan2021628170.253/0

Matthew Hayden: 265 runs In T20 World Cup 2007

Australian batting ace Matthew Hayden was the highest run-scorer in the first T20 World Cup. The left-hander scored 265 runs in six matches in the 2007 version, averaging a fantastic 88.33 and strike rate 144.80.

Hayden also stole four fifty during the competition. Hayden’s hilarious antics were crucial in helping Australia advance to the tournament’s semi finals.

Tillakaratne Dilshan: 317 Runs In T20 World Cup 2009

Sri Lanka advanced to the tournament’s second edition finals in 2009. They were successful primarily because of Tillakaratne Dilshan invincible batting. The all-rounder made an impact and is one of the best batsmen in the annals of the T20 World Cup. In the final, Dilshan survived a duck as Sri Lanka lost in the final to Pakistan.

Yet the standout hitter finished the year with the most runs scored and the “Golden Bat.” He participated in seven matches and became the highest run scorer with 317 runs with a 52.83 average, including three half centuries. He is just ahead of Virat’s first two runs. Nonetheless, many batters still struggle to match Dilshan’s performance.

Mahela Jayawardene: 302 Runs In T20 World Cup 2010

The renowned Mahela Jayawardene was the other Sri Lankan to lead the run charts in the 2010 season of the event. In six matches during the 2010 game, the legendary right-handed batter tallied 302 runs at an impressive average of 60.40 and strike rate of 159.78.

The expert batsman even had a century and a few fifty-pluses in the competition. Mahela Jayawardene defeated Zimbabwe’s team to record his century. In the semifinal round of the competition, Sri Lanka was eliminated.

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Shane Watson: 273 runs In T20 World Cup 2012

The 2012 T20 World Cup’s top run-scorer was Shane Watson. In his 6 innings of action throughout the competition, the right-hander scored 249 runs at an average of almost 50 and a strike rate of 150.00.

Moreover, Watson scored three half centuries for the Australians during the match. The Australian team was defeated in the 2012 World Cup semifinal match against the West Indies.

Virat Kohli: 319 Runs In T20 World Cup 2014

The record for the most runs scored in a single edition of the T20 World Cup belongs to India’s Virat Kohli, who scored 319 runs in the 2014 edition. His impressive performance made him one of the most iconic players in the tournament’s history.

Virat Kohli of India supported his team throughout the whole competition. But, the Men in Blue finished the tournament as runners-up after falling to Sri Lanka in the finals.

The right-hander scored the most runs at a strike rate of over 130 and 319 runs in six matches at a staggering average of 106.33. In the semifinals and the championship game, Virat Kohli scored 77 runs.

Virat maintains the record for the most runs scored in a single World Cup season. At both the 2014 and 2016 tournaments, he was named player of the tournament, even though India lost both times in the knockout stages.

Tamim Iqbal: 295 Runs In T20 World Cup 2016

In the 2016 edition, Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal was the top run-scorer. Iqbal played 6 innings in the game and recorded the highest score of 295 runs at a brilliant average of 73.75 and a strike rate of 142.51.

Although Bangladesh could not advance to the competition’s semifinal rounds, Tamim’s fantastic performance will remain immortal. Throughout the competition, the 32-year-old had a 100 and one fifty.

Babar Azam: 303 Runs In T20 World Cup 2021

The Pakistani skipper has established himself in the world of cricket. He has numerous hitters trailing him, and he is currently the top white-ball cricket player in the world. Babar set several records at the UAE’s most recent T20 World Cup.

Also, his efforts enabled his team to advance to the competition’s semifinals. The six games the Pakistani captain played resulted in 303 runs at an astounding average of 60.60. He also made history by defeating India in the World Cup. The 2021 World Cup saw Babar Azam hit four fifties in six innings, finishing that year’s tournament with the most runs scored.

David Warner: 289 runs In T20 World Cup 2021

The record is held by Warner of the Australian team, who scored 289 runs in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. He achieved this feat while playing against New Zealand. With a score of 289 runs in seven games at an average of 48.16, Warner deservedly won Player of the Tournament after excelling throughout the competition.

David Warner was the only factor in Australia’s victory. At the front, he handled the pressure well, keeping his wicket and scoring most runs without taking any significant risks. With Warner’s help, the squad easily chased down 170+, even in the final.

Mohammad Rizwan: 281 Runs In T20 World Cup 2021

In a 2021 edition of T20 international matches, Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Rizwan holds the record for the most runs.

In six games, the right-handed hitter scored 281 runs with an average of 70.25 and a strike rate of 127.72. In the premier ICC T20 match, he scored three hundred.

Pakistan advanced to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semifinals on the strength of Rizwan’s brilliant play but ultimately fell to eventual champions Australia.

Virat Kohli: 269 Runs In T20 World Cup 2022

The T20 World Cup 2022 began on October 16 in Australia.  The former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, is the tournament’s top run-scorer.

With 296 runs and a remarkable average of 98.66, Virat finished as the competition’s top run scorer. Throughout the competition, Virat Kohli of India scored four half centuries plus scores, including an incredible 82* from 53 deliveries against Pakistan.


The ICC T20 World Cup is a highly anticipated event for cricket fans worldwide. The recent edition of the tournament was no different. Of the eight T20 World Cup editions that have already occurred, five champions have been, including twice-champions England and the West Indies.

It is widely known that the Twenty20 World Cup has become an essential part of the international cricketing calendar since its introduction in 2007. One of the most impressive records of this tournament is the highest number of runs scored by a single batsman.

With the T20 World Cup coming up in a few months, all teams are getting ready for this marquee event. Yet many players have stood out and energized the tournament over the World Cup’s lengthy history.

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