T20 cricket is, without a doubt, the most enjoyable version of the game. The fast-paced approach appeals to fans and generates widespread interest among people of all ages. Some of the finest T20 batsmen and bowlers, who have adapted to this format like fish to water, are responsible for much of T20 cricket’s burgeoning popularity.
The spectators became engrossed in the 3-hour extravaganza because it moved at a far faster pace than the usual Test and ODI format. Players began to innovate in order to counter their opponents, and before long, the T20 format had taken over the world, with every country eventually adopting the move.
The adoption of the shortest format has resulted in the sport’s globalisation. With the proliferation of T20 leagues, a large number of players have had the opportunity to demonstrate their mettle at a recognised level.
The Greatest T20 Batsman and Bowler of All Time are as follows:
- Chris Gayle
Gayle has made than 15,000 runs in the shortest format (including T20Is) in 468 appearances around the world, including 24 tonnes and 98 half-centuries.
The Universe Boss
During an IPL 2020 match between the KXIP and the RR, Gayle became the first player to hit 1000 sixes in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle had already established himself in the world of cricket before T20 cricket took off, having made his debut at the age of 20 in 1999. T20 cricket, on the other hand, provided him with an opportunity to shine, and he made the most of it.
Gayle started his name in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. Gayle won the Orange Cap and was voted MVP of the competition in his debut season with RCB, scoring over 600 runs.
When he hit 175* for RCB in the IPL, he set a new record for the most runs scored in a single match. With a batting average of 37.63 and a strike rate of 146.18, he racked up runs. Gayle also holds the record for the most sixes in T20 cricket (1028).
- Lasith Malinga
He could drown any batsman in his skill ocean with his unorthodox strange move with flawless accuracy and knowledge.
The Sri Lankan Pace Gun
In 2006, Malinga made his T20I debut against England. In both ODIs and T20Is, he is the only bowler to take four wickets in four balls. He has five five-wicket hauls in T20I cricket, which is unrivalled. He became the first bowler in T20I history to take 100 wickets against New Zealand in 2019.
His immaculate yorkers would be the pinnacle of his career. His greatest performance was against New Zealand in 2019, when he grabbed five wickets for six runs.
In the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Malinga was selected captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, who won the tournament. With 96 wickets in T20Is, he is Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker.
He became the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to take a T20I hat-trick against Bangladesh in April 2017, becoming the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to do so. He has four international hat-tricks, which is the most by a Sri Lankan player and equals Wasim Akram of Pakistan. Malinga has a total of 107 wickets in 83 T20Is for Sri Lanka.