5 contenders to overtake Chris Gayle's 10,000+ T20 runs mark
T20 has redefined the game of cricket to a great extent. Batsmen and bowlers have evolved over the last few years to meet the demands of the modern game. The man from Jamaica, Christopher Henry Gayle, is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. Gayle holds most of the batting records in T20 cricket history.
He has the most hundreds (18), most fifties (65), most sixes (772), most fours (804) and highest T20 score (175). Gayle has 10571 T20 runs so far in 310 matches and he is the only batsman to have crossed the 10k mark in T20 cricket. He is still in good shape to play for another year or two.
With a lot of T20 leagues being played around the world, there is a high possibility that someone will break Gayle's record in the future. Let's see the contenders who can overtake Chris Gayle's 10k runs mark in T20 cricket.
#5 Virat Kohli
The Indian captain in one of the most prolific batsmen in Twenty20 cricket and has the highest average in this format (for players with min 5000 runs). He showed that a batsman does not need brute power to be successful in T20s.
But if there is one record that Virat Kohli may find hard to beat, this is it. Unlike most on this list, Virat Kohli does not play in various global T20 leagues except for the Indian Premier League (IPL). This may leave him with just an outside chance to beat Chris Gayle's record of most T20 runs.
However, Kohli scores heavily in IPL and in Twenty20 internationals for India. The 29-year-old has scored 7068 runs from 226 games in Twenty20 cricket and is eighth in the list of all-time T20 run scorers.