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Virat Kohli to Suryakumar: India’s Top T20I Batters of 2022 So Far

Virat Kohli announced his comeback in incredible style after scoring his maiden T20I ton in the 2022 Asia Cup. His century was perhaps celebrated more than the Cup win itself, which eventually Sri Lanka went on to win against Pakistan.

Following the Asia Cup, we have assessed India’s top performing batters in T20 cricket, given that the Men in Blue have played more T20 games than ODIs this year. Here are the top batters of India, ahead of the T20 World Cup

 

Rank 5: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli’s comeback was celebrated by the masses after his long spell of dismal performances. Once a serial century-smasher, Kohli had not completed a hundred in nearly three years until the final Super Four match against Afghanistan. Kohli’s performance so far was top-notch in the tournament, having smashed a couple of fifties. However, following India’s confirmed elimination, Kohli let loose against the underdogs to complete his maiden ton in T20I cricket.

Kohli’s 122* took his tournament tally to 276 runs, finishing as the second-highest run-getter. The former Indian captain has played nine T20I innings, amassing 357 runs. Three fifties, a century and a duck is his record, averaging 51.00, more than his fellow teammates. Kohli stands fifth in the most runs table among the Men in Blue.

 

Rank 4: Rohit Sharma

Leading India from the front in almost every T20I this year, Rohit Sharma has been sub-optimal as an opener. In 17 innings, the ‘Hitman’ has scored 423 runs, with two fifties and a duck to his name. While we are aware of Sharma’s ruthless aggression from the get-go, he hasn’t been playing at his best. Regardless, averaging at 26.43, Sharma is India’s fourth most run-getter as he continues to lead from the front.

His best came against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, where he scored 72 against the Lions. His efforts, however, were in vain as the Men in Blue couldn’t crack it against the team that would go on to lift the Asia Cup for the sixth time.

 

Rank 3: Ishan Kishan

The young 24-year-old batter-keeper has become a household name and has been talked about in nearly every game that he plays. This top-order batter has amassed 430 runs in 14 innings for the Men in Blue this year, averaging 30.71. With three half-centuries to showcase, Ishan has been one of India’s few top performers this year. His high score of 89 came against Sri Lanka earlier this year. He opened with his captain and remained resilient till the 17th over to help India set a target of 200.

Perhaps, his exclusion from the Asia Cup squad and the upcoming series came as a surprise to many, given his stats are still far better than Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

 

Rank 2: Shreyas Iyer

Much like Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer has been one of the few top-performing batters for India this year. In 14 innings, the 27-year-old has scored 449 runs with four fifties and a duck under his name. Averaging at 44.90, Iyer has one of the highest averages currently in the squad. His best came against Sri Lanka earlier this year, where he smashed 74* in just 44 balls. Interestingly, Iyer smashed 73* in 45 balls the very next day against the Lions in the third match of the series.

While Iyer was excluded from the Asia Cup squad and is least likely to feature against Australia and South Africa in India’s upcoming series, he is a standby player for the T20 World Cup.

 

Rank 1: Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav is the best-performing batter for the Men in Blue in T20I. He has the highest ICC T20 ranking amongst the Indian squad. In 17 innings, Suryakumar has amassed 567 runs, including a stunning century against England, three fifties and a duck. Interestingly, he has smashed the most boundaries and sixes amongst the Men in Blue.

His best came against England, as mentioned above, where he smashed 117 in just 55 balls. However, the match ended in a losing effort as the rest of the squad underperformed, with only three other batters scoring in double figures.

Averaging at 37.80, Suryakumar is India’s most prolific batter in T20I. He will be facing Australia and South Africa alongside Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma before heading into the T20 World Cup.

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