Top 5 run-getters in India-Australia T20Is
The history of India-Australia T20I encounters is 12 years old but it encompasses only 19 matches. The beginning was explosive. These two teams fought a memorable battle in the 2007 T20I World Cup. The semi-final was won by India on the back of Yuvraj Singh’s lightning 70 (30) and Sreesanth’s fist-thumping spell of 2/12. The morale-boosting win propelled India into the final, and the rest is history.
A month later, Australia engaged in the first-ever T20I played on Indian soil. India once again emerged as the winner. Australia then exacted revenge by skittling India for only 74 at the MCG. The rivalry continued in the upcoming years. In the 2016 T20I World Cup, another chapter was added as Virat Kohli’s masterclass of 82 in 51 balls knocked Australia out of the competition.
In the clash between these two teams filled with batting firepower, we have witnessed a few thrilling batting displays. Only a handful of batsmen have managed to be consistent in these sporadic encounters though and here are the five top run-getters in India-Australia T20I matches.
#5. Yuvraj Singh - 283 runs
The left-handed maverick played a defining knock of 70 from just 30 balls in the first match between India and Australia. The lightning-fast innings helped India post a mammoth total. After successful defense of the target, India cruised into the final of the 2007 T20I World Cup. Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Match for his blitz.
The Punjabi batsman struck two more half-centuries against the Aussies. Yuvraj’s unbeaten 77 from 35 balls helped India chase down the total of 202 at Rajkot in 2013. He top-scored with 60 off 43 balls in the following match between the two sides as well.
Yuvraj’s 283 runs against Australia were scored in eight innings at an average of 56.60. His strike rate while scoring these runs was a princely 162. He recorded a total of three half-centuries and 77 was his top-score.