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We take a look at the 2024 T20 World Cup top batter odds to see how the contenders to become the leading run-scorer are shaping up ahead of this year's tournament.

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Virat Kohli

The iconic Indian batter finished as the leading run scorer in the last edition of this tournament, amassing 296 runs in just six innings, and it is perhaps no surprise he is one of the market leaders to repeat the feat.

Kohli averaged almost 99 during that T20 World Cup in Australia and he will again be the prize scalp on an Indian team that is packed full of innovative strikers and six-hitting power.

Relinquishing the captaincy appears to have had a positive effect on Kohli’s ability to accumulate big scores again.

He was in stellar form in this year’s India Premier League, where he finished as the leading run scorer with 741 from 15 innings at an average of more than 60.

And no player from a Test-playing nation is currently within two runs of his international T20 average of 51.75, which has been compiled over a 14-year period.

However, for someone as talented as he to bat so high in the order and only have one T20 ton to their name after so long is an anomaly.

Kohli will be determined to put that right in the United States and should get opportunities to compile big scores in India’s group fixtures against Canada, Ireland, Pakistan and the host nation.

Jos Buttler

The England captain has been a world-class performer in the white-ball arena for many years and his form heading into this tournament could hardly be better.

Buttler bounced back from a well-documented dismal Cricket World Cup showing during a fantastic franchise stint with the Paarl Royals.

He scored 408 runs at an average of more than 40 in South Africa and, although he sometimes took longer to get into his stride, he still went through the gears quickly enough to post an impressive strike rate of 143.66.

Buttler posted similar numbers at the IPL, where he hit twin tons in the space of 10 days for the Rajasthan Royals, before warming up for the T20 World Cup with a sparkling 84 off 51 balls for England against Pakistan.

Travis Head

Head is Australia’s main dangerman now that Glenn Maxwell has gone off the boil with the left-hander demolishing bowling attacks and wowing crowds at the IPL, and he is in great form ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

The 30-year-old smashed 567 runs at a frankly ridiculous strike rate of 191.55 in the IPL, with almost as many fours and sixes as Kohli.

Since Australia promoted Head to open their innings in this format last year, the South Australian has been a consistent source of runs, scoring 24 runs or more in all six innings. 

Yashasvi Jaiswal

The 22-year-old has shown remarkable consistency in matches — both domestic and international — for the past 12 months.

His aggressive batting style is backed up by technical prowess and the sort of maturity that could enable him to inherit Kohli’s mantle in the future.

The left-hander scored 435 runs in this year’s IPL and has so far amassed 507 runs in 16 T20 international innings for India. 

Rohit Sharma

One of only two players to have featured in all eight previous editions of the T20 World Cup, Rohit has seen it all before and is unlikely to be affected by the conditions or pressure of leading his cricket-mad nation. 

It has not been a stellar spring for the skipper with the vast majority of his 417 IPL runs scored in Mumbai, but his average of 49 in the USA is his highest anywhere and his international average of 60 remains his best since 2016.

Suryakumar Yadav

After a superb 2023 campaign, Suryakumar Yadav took time to find his best form in the IPL and finished with a mere 345 runs.

But he still averages over 45 in T20 internationals and was the third-highest run compiler at the last edition of this tournament when he averaged close to 60 through six innings.

Babar Azam

Babar was the tournament’s top batter in the United Arab Emirates three years ago and remains a potent threat in a Pakistan side that could spring a shock or two in this year’s event.  

David Warner

Warner remains undroppable, despite his advancing years, as he continues to make significant contributions in Australia colours.

The 38-year-old’s T20 international output over the past three years has been sensational as he has scored 834 runs at an average of more than 40 and an average strike rate of around 150.

His 205 runs so far in 2024 have come at a strike rate of 165.32 which is the highest of his 15-year T20I career.

Phillip Salt

Salt scored 435 runs at at average of 39.55 and a strike-rate of 182 for Kolkata in this season's IPL and has been England’s highest run-scorer in four of his last six T20 international appearances. 

Ryan Rickelton

The Johannesburg-born batter could be a lively outsider as he was the leading run-scorer in this year’s SA20 tournament with 530 runs at an average of 58.88 and strike rate of 173.77 for MI Cape Town.

He reached fifty in half of his 10 innings, opening the tournament with knocks of 87, 98, 58 and 94 not out while he smashed 34 sixes in the competition — 16 more than anyone else.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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