Top 5 T20 players of 2017
T20 cricket was introduced in 2003 to promote the game and add spice to it. The success of inaugural Indian Premier League laid the foundation for T20 cricket. 10 years later, domestic T20 leagues have changed the landscape of cricket.
With lucrative deals, players retire from international cricket to become freelance cricketers. IPL, Big Bash League, Natwest T20, Carribean Premier League have the taken the world by storm with its huge success.
In 2017, T20 action started with Big Bash League in January where Perth Scorchers won the title. IPL followed by Natwest T20 Blast, Carribean Premier League, Natwest T20 Blast, Bangladesh Premier League and PSL. We saw some great games and brilliant individual performances over the last 11 months.
Let's see the top 5 players in T20 cricket for 2017 so far
#5 Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum gave us the first taste of T20 cricket with an unbeaten 158 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 1st game of the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008.
McCullum is the second highest run scorer in the history of T20 cricket with 8264 runs from 299 games. In 2017, he scored 1224 runs in 46 games with nine fifties at an average of 31 and a strike rate of 151. With 75 sixes, he has hit the most by any batsman this calendar year.
Some of his exceptional performances this year includes the 91 he made against Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League, 72 against RCB in the Indian Premier League and 28 balls 63 against Essex in the Natwest Twenty20.
After his international retirement in 2015, McCullum is playing in various T20 leagues across the globe.