When it comes to high-pressure cricket tournaments and when the stakes are high, there are certain players who rise to the occasion and consistently perform at their best. The International Cricket Council (ICC) Knockout matches have witnessed some remarkable performances from legendary players who have dominated the batting charts. Let’s take a closer look at the top five players with the most runs in ICC Knockouts.
1. Ricky Pointing
The former Australian captain, Ricky Pointing, tops the list with a staggering 731 runs in ICC Knockouts. In his 18 innings, Pointing showcased his class and temperament, including three centuries. His average of 45.68 speaks volumes about his ability to perform consistently in crucial matches. One of his best knockout innings came in the 2003 World Cup Final against India when he scored an unbeaten 140, guiding Australia to victory.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Regarded as one of the greatest batsman in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar occupies the second spot with 657 runs in ICC Knockouts. Tendulkar’s average of 50.53 in ICC Knockouts demonstrates his ability to score runs at the highest level. His remarkable technique and solid foundations made him a formidable opponent in Knockout matches, and played a crucial role in India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is closing in on Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 657 runs and has the chance to surpass him in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship Final. Kohli currently stands in third spot with 620 runs in 15 innings. Kohli has a reputation for performing under pressure and has a fine record in ICC knockouts as well.
4. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara, the elegant left-handed from Sri Lanka, stands at the fourth position with 595 runs in ICC Knockouts. In his 18 innings, Sangakkara displayed his skill and temperament, averaging 39.66. He played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s journey to the 2011 World Cup final and was known for his ability to build innings and anchor the team’s batting lineup.
5. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis, the South African all-rounder, rounds up the top five with 539 runs in ICC Knockouts. Kallis boasted an impressive average of 59.88, indicating his consistency and ability to convert starts into big scores. His contributions with both bat and ball made him an invaluable asset to the South African team in knockout matches.
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