5 cricketers who have prolific domestic T20 records but haven't played many T20Is
Not all players are as lucky as these three to have played plenty of domestic and international T20sT20 is a format where consistency can be a pipe dream for both batsmen and bowlers at the best of times. The fast-paced, hit-miss nature of the format dictates that one isn't likely to maintain the consistent standards they might have set for themselves in ODIs or Tests.Sometimes, even when those giddy heights are reached and consistency is achieved, lady luck plays spoilsport.The likes of Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Lasith Malinga all have stellar T20 records and have been given the chance to replicate that form in T20 internationals. But not everyone has been so lucky.In fact, some players, despite impressive records in the format haven't been given enough opportunities in T20 internationals to showcase their talent.Here are 5 cricketers with prolific domestic T20 records but haven't played many T20Is:
#5 Brad Hodge
If there is one batsman in the world, who is arguably as good as Gayle, in terms of pure numbers, but isn't given even half the credit that comes the way of the West Indian opener, then it has to be Brad Hodge.
Hodge's 250 T20 matches have come for 15 different domestic teams and while he, like Gayle, might be constantly on the move, his presence is felt, wherever he goes. As the only other batsman apart from Gayle to have scored more than 6,500 T20 runs, Hodge's records are nothing if not impressive.
Nobody has hit more fours in the format than Hodge's 673 and only two have hit more fifties than Hodge's 47. His average of over 37 is among the best in the format and his strike rate of over 130 makes him an explosive middle-order batsman who can both go for the big shots but at the same time rotate strike and keep the scoreboard moving.
Despite all of this though, Hodge has only played 15 T20Is for Australia, the last of which came in 2014. With the World T20 in India, a place where he has plenty of experience batting in, the 41-year-old might get another shot of increasing that tally.
Even if he does, he will go down as a T20 great who got an all too brief stint at international cricket.