3 Indian players with the highest runs in T20Is
The first ever T20I took place on the 17th of February 2005 between Australia and New Zealand, at Eden Park in Auckland. While this format didn't automatically become a fan favourite, two years later it reached a new altitude with the first T20I World Cup held in South Africa.
Little did we know that the tournament was going to change the cricketing landscape in India. After MS Dhoni's men famously won the final, beating Pakistan by a mere 5 runs, T20 cricket became a rage in the country.
Thanks to that victory, the BCCI introduced IPL to the world, which today has not only helped the Indian Team but also international teams in finding match-winners.
Today, India have one of the if not the best playing XI in the shortest format. This can be seen from the fact that India have been successful in winning 69 out of the 107 matches they have played.
Many of these spectacular wins have come thanks to the star-studded batting line-up. Here are the three Indian batsmen with the highest runs in the shortest format of the game.
#3 Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina, who usually bats down the order, does not receive too many balls to play with. That is why, despite his ability to hit big from the word 'go', he enters this list only at No. 3 with a total of 1,605 T20I runs.
Raina, who made his T20 debut all the way back in 2006 against South Africa (which was actually India's first ever T20I match), has an average of 29.18 along with a strike rate of 134.87. He also has one century under his belt, which he achieved when he scored his magnificent 101.
Over the last couple of years, Raina's place has not been fixed in the team. While he tried multiple times to make a comeback, he was not able to grab his opportunities, which has resulted in the fact that the last T20I he played was on the 8th of July against England.