Indian batting line up despite all the riches has only provided flashes of brilliance mostly in recent times. But in the just-concluded Australia and South Africa T-20 series, the batters, both top and middle order, showed how devastating they can be. If all of them work in tandem then none of the bowling attacks in world cricket can stop them. As the coveted T-20 World Cup gets closer this aspect of Indian batting looks ominous for the rival teams. So, who could be the top run scorer for Team India in the upcoming T-20 extravaganza? There are three players in the fray to emerge as the highest scorer for India in the tournament, so let us analyze each one of them.
Of late, KL Rahul’s strike rate has attracted more attention than his batting exploits but he keeps producing those defining knocks to silence the detractors. He has not looked the part in the Asia Cup after an injury lay-off but a couple of fifties in the last six T-20 encounters have eliminated all the doubts regarding his scoring abilities in the shortest format. In Australia also, he can be vital to provide impetus to Indian innings and embarrass those unnecessarily poking fun at his batting potential. So, he could end up scoring more runs than any other Indian batters in the upcoming world cup Down Under.
Just like Rahul, Rohit has also been a victim of both injury and inconsistency. However, he can stifle the opposition if he gets going as he has the calibre to inflict telling blows before departing from the crease. But, with age fast catching up with him and T-20 becoming a youngster’s domain, it would be difficult to predict his availability for the next edition of the T-20 marque event. So, the highest scorer in T-20s, 3737 in 142 matches, can make the Australian sojourn special by emerging as the top scorer of India this time.
In his new stint as a middle-order batsman in the senior men’s team, “SKY”, as he is known in the cricket world right now, has already provided enough glimpses of his destructive abilities. As a matter of fact, he is the top run-getter for India in the T-20 format this year with 801 runs at a strike rate of 184 and has made the number four spot in the Indian batting lineup his own. His ability to play a wide array of strokes at numerous angles has already earned him the title of “Indian AB de Villiers” and he can be an obstinate candidate to get rid of once he finds his rhythm. So, there won’t be any shock or surprise if he emerges as the highest run scorer for India in the T-20 World Cup 2022.