Shikhar Dhawan overtook Virat Kohli and also ended up breaking an all-time T20I record in the first T20I between India and Australia at Brisbane. Dhawan's 76 helped him overtake Kohli and claim the record for the most runs in T20Is in a calendar year.
After the first T20I, the southpaw now has 648 runs in 16 matches, breaking Kohli's record of 641, which was set in 2016. The 32-year-old has been in sensational form in T20Is in 2018, doubling his previous career-best tally of 301 in a calendar year, which was in 2016. He has scored six fifties and is averaging 40.5 and scoring at a strike rate of 145.
Only eight times has a batsman scored more than 500 T20I runs in a calendar year. Six of those occasions happened this year. Two batsmen from Pakistan and India and one apiece from Australia and New Zealand have managed that feat. Fakhar Zaman, Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, Aaron Finch, and Colin Munro have all scored 500 T20Is runs this year.
With two more T20Is between Australia and India, Rohit, Dhawan, and Finch will all be looking to improve their tally in 2018 and Maxwell will be looking to become only the eighth batsman to score in excess of 500 T20I runs in a calendar year.
Most runs in a calendar year in T20Is
- Shikhar Dhawan - 648 runs from 16 matches in 2018
- Virat Kohli - 641 runs from 15 matches in 2016
- Fakhar Zaman - 576 runs from 17 matches in 2018
- Rohit Sharma - 567 runs from 17 matches in 2018
- Babar Azam - 563 runs from 12 matches in 2018
- Mohammad Shahzad - 520 runs from 15 matches in 2016
- Aaron Finch - 503 runs from 15 matches in 2018
- Colin Munro - 500 runs from 12 matches in 2018
- Rohit Sharma - 497 runs from 18 matches in 2016
- Glenn Maxwell - 474 runs from 17 matches in 2018